CDSI reports non-petroleum exports data for 1st quarter of 2009

July 13, 2009

Saudi Arabia’s non-petroleum exports declined during the first quarter of 2009, as compared to the same period in 2008. According to the latest report issued by the Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI), exports dropped from SR 30.145 million [$8.059 million] to SR 23.701 million [$6.336 million], a 21 percent decline. Petrochemical commodities topped Saudi Arabia’s exports, followed by plastics, food materials and re-exported goods. The Kingdom’s imports declined in the first quarter of 2009 by 13 percent, from SR 95.933 million [$25.647 million] to SR 82.983 million [$22,185 million].

The U.A.E. topped the list of the countries to which the Kingdom exported, followed by China, Qatar and Jordan. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states topped the groups to which the Kingdom exported, followed by Asian non-Arab and Muslim countries, Arab League nations, and the European Union. The Kingdom’s imports from the GCC in the first quarter of 2009 jumped by eight percent, from SR 3.731 million [$997,447] to SR 4.016 million [$1.074 million]. The United States topped the list of the countries from which the Kingdom imported, followed by China, Japan and Germany.