The region’s total trade in goods in January 2019 increased to $227.93 million from $203.72 million in the same period in 2018, an increase of 11.88 percent.
Total value of exports amounted to $219.65 million, almost three times (171.25 percent) higher compared with the $80.98 million in January 2018. Total value of imports, meanwhile, was recorded at $8.29 million, significantly lower by 93.25 percent compared with the $122.75 million imports posted in the same period in 2018.
The region posted a $211.36 million surplus in the total Balance of Trade in Goods (BoT-G) in January 2019, in contrast to the $41.77 million deficit in the same period in 2018.
The region’s total volume of exports in January 2019 was posted at 131.86 million kilograms valued at $219.65 million.
The commodity group of copper and articles thereof was the major export during the month in review with total revenue of $137.41 million. This accounted for 62.56 percent of the region’s total export revenue in January 2019.
The commodity group of natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metal, metal clad with precious metals and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin followed, posting an export revenue of $73.90 million, which shared 33.64 percent of the total export revenue. Meanwhile, the commodity group of inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth, of radio-active elements or of isotopes recorded $4.13 million export revenue or 1.88 percent of the total export revenue during the month in review.
Hong Kong was the top export market destination with $73.90 million total export revenue, which shared 33.64 percent of the region’s total exports.
People’s Republic of China ranked second with $62.32 million export revenue or 28.38 percent of the total exports in January 2019. Thailand followed with $39.37 million export revenue, which accounted for 17.93 percent of the region’s total exports.
The region’s total imports amounted to $8.29 million in January 2019 with total gross weight of 58.50 million kilograms.
Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof commodity group was the major import during the month with total revenue of $1.47 million, this comprised 17.76 percent of the region’s total imports in January 2019.
Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth, of radio-active elements or of isotopes commodity group shared 17.41 percent of the region’s total imports in January 2019 valued at $1.44 million. While cereals valued at $1.38 million, comprised 16.68 percent of the total imports of the region.
The top import supplier of the region was Vietnam with total import bill of $2.35 million, comprising 28.31 percent of the region’s total imports. Indonesia ranked second with $1.54 million import bill or 18.62 percent of the total imports for January 2019. People’s Republic of China followed with total imports valued at $1.36 million, contributing 16.40 percent to the total regional imports.
Export and Import Trade Statistics are compiled by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) from copies of export and import documents submitted to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) by exporters and importers or their authorized representatives as required by law. PSA collects copies of the following accomplished forms:
- Export Declaration (ED – DTI form)
- Import Entry & Internal Revenue Declaration (BOC IEIRD Form 236)
- Informal Import Declaration and Entry (BOC Form 177)
- Single Administrative Documents (SAD)
The output of the Automated Export Documentation System (AEDS) of the BOC is being utilized to generate export statistics. AEDS is a paperless transaction in lieu of the manual filling-up of export documents.
Moreover, an electronic copy of the IEIRD, or SAD, is utilized to capture the monthly import figures. SAD-IEIRD is an on-line submission of import documents either by brokers or companies. These are transactions that pass through the Automated Cargo Operating System (ACOS), now called the e2m (electronic to mobile) customs system, a system implemented through the BOC e-Customs Project.
All documents (hard copies and e-files) received before the cut-off date which is every 25th day of the month, are compiled, processed and generated in monthly statistical tables for the preparation of Press Release. All documents received after the cut-off date, however, are processed and included in the generation of the revised monthly statistical tables.
The digitized copies of all documents are provided by BOC and PEZA to PSA on a monthly basis through email.
The 2015 Philippine Standard Commodity Classification (PSCC) is used to classify the commodities at the most detailed 10-digit code level for statistical purposes.