Highlights of Eastern Visayas' Export and Import Statistics: November 2019

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

The region’s total trade in goods in November 2019 declined to $102.99 million from $109.04 million in the same period in 2018, a slight decrease by 5.54 percent.

Total value of exports amounted to $96.09 million, more than two – folds (179.00 percent) of the $34.44 million exports in November 2018. Total value of imports, meanwhile, significantly decreased by 90.75 percent, from $74.60 million imports in November 2018 to $6.90 million in November 2019.

Consequently, the region posted an $89.19 million surplus in the total Balance of Trade in Goods (BoT-G) in November 2019 in contrast with the $40.16 million trade deficit in November 2018 (Table 1).


The region’s total volume of exports in November 2019 was posted at 125.68 million kilograms valued at $96.09 million.

The commodity group of copper and articles thereof was the major export during the month in review with total revenue of $85.45 million. This accounted for 88.92 percent of the region’s total export revenue in November 2019.

The second major export of the region in November 2019 was the commodity group of pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) of paper or paperboard. This commodity group posted an export revenue of $3.80 million, which shared 3.96 percent of the total export revenue. Meanwhile, animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes commodity group recorded $2.87 million export revenue or 2.98 percent of the total export revenue during the month in review (Table 2).
Thailand was the top export market destination with $30.65 million total export revenue, which shared 31.89 percent of the region’s total exports in November 2019.
People’s Republic of China ranked second with $28.83 million export revenue or 30.00 percent of the total export revenue of the region in November 2019. Indonesia
followed with $9.59 million export revenue, which accounted for 9.98 percent of the region’s total exports during the month in review (Table 3).


The region’s total imports amounted to $6.90 million in November 2019 with total gross weight of 37.96 million kilograms.
Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes commodity group was the major import during the month with total revenue of $3.60 million, comprising more than half or 52.10 percent of the region’s total imports in November 2019.
Other vegetable textile fibres; paper yarn and woven fabrics of paper yarn commodity group shared 12.77 percent of the region’s total imports in November 2019 valued at $0.88 million. While inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth, of radio-active elements or of isotopes commodity group valued at $0.81 million, comprised 11.69 percent of the total imports of the region during the month in review (Table 4).
The top import supplier of the region in November 2019 was People’s Republic of China with total import bill of $2.64 million, comprising 38.24 percent of the region’s total imports. Vietnam ranked second with $1.97 million import bill or 28.53 percent of the total imports. Ecuador followed with total imports valued at $0.78 million, contributing 11.29 percent to the total regional imports during the reference month (Table 5).
Technical Notes
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:
1. Export Declaration (ED – DTI form)
2. Import Entry & Internal Revenue Declaration (BOC IEIRD Form 236)
3. Informal Import Declaration and Entry (BOC Form 177)
4. 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.
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