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The forecast for Indonesia’s exports in 2024

The forecast for Indonesia’s exports in 2024

As we look ahead to the economic landscape 2024, let’s take a moment to appreciate the diversity of Indonesia’s exports and their role in meeting global demands.

Indonesia’s export engine is truly impressive, from the mineral fuels that power modern industries to the iron and steel that build infrastructure around the world. Let’s explore the potential for this economic powerhouse and the positive impact it can have on the lives of people worldwide.

Insights into Indonesia’s export volume and growth

Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has announced that Indonesia’s exports for the year 2023 reached USD 258.2 billion, a decrease of 11.33% compared to the USD 291.90 billion recorded in 2022.

However, BPS noted that Indonesia’s exports for December 2023 amounted to USD 22.41 billion, 1.89% higher than November 2023, which stood at USD 22 billion.

According to BPS, the increase in December exports was driven by non-oil and gas exports, particularly mineral fuels, which rose by 10.07%, and local slag and ash, which increased by 37.37%.

Indonesia’s export outlook in 2024

The Ministry of Trade (Kemendag) projects that Indonesia’s exports will continue to grow in 2024. The projection for the export of goods and services in 2024 is a growth of 7.0%, reaching IDR 3,437 trillion. Moreover, non-oil and gas exports are estimated to grow between 3.3% and 4.5%.

Regarding trade performance, it is forecasted to range between USD 22.5 billion and 47.1 billion. Meanwhile, the service-to-gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio is expected to grow by 1.8-2.0% in 2024.

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Indonesia’s leading trading partners

Indonesia's exports: A 2024 outlook

According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), these five countries were the top destinations for Indonesian exports in 2023: China, the United States, Japan, India, and the Philippines.

Each nation has a strong appetite for specific Indonesian commodities, highlighting the diverse range of products driving the country’s export engine.

1. China

  • Indonesia’s total exports to China in 2023 amounted to USD 64.94 billion, constituting 25.09% of the country’s total exports.
  • The primary commodities exported to China include ferronickel, valued at USD 14.95 billion, lignite, coal, the liquid fraction of palm oil, nickel oxide sinters, and others.

2. United States

  • Exports to the United States reached USD 23.25 billion, accounting for 8.98% of the total in 2023.
  • Key commodities for this export include new pneumatic tires, electrical machines and apparatus, and refined palm oil.

3. Japan

  • Exports to Japan accounted for USD 20.79 billion, making up 8.03% of the total exports in 2023.
  • The major commodities exported to Japan involve bituminous coal, copper ores and concentrates, nickel mattes, and others.

4. India

  • India secured the fourth position, with export value reaching USD 20.29 billion, contributing 7.84% of the total exports in 2023.

5. Philippines

  • The Philippines is in fifth place, with exports valued at USD 11.04 billion, or 4.27% of the total.

Indonesia’s top 5 export commodities

According to the latest report by Statistics Indonesia (BPS), Indonesia has made significant strides in its export industry.

The report highlights the country’s top five export commodities for 2023, with a total export value of USD 258.2 billion. This underscores Indonesia’s potential to grow and become a top player in the global market.

1. Mineral fuels

  • Mineral fuels (HS 27) were Indonesia’s most exported commodity, constituting 22.99% of the country’s total exports.
  • China emerged as the primary destination for mineral fuel exports, accounting for 29.55%, valued at USD 17.58 billion. India followed, contributing USD 7.54 billion (12.67%), and Japan with USD 6.67 billion (11.21%).

2. Animal/vegetable fats and oils

  • Another significant export was animal/vegetable fats and oils (HS 15), which totaled USD 28.45 billion and represented 10.99% of Indonesia’s total exports.
  • The major export destination was China, amounting to USD 6.08 billion (21.37%).

3. Iron and steel

  • Iron and steel were third among major exported commodities, with a value of USD 26.70 billion, contributing 10.32% to the total exports in 2023.
  • The primary export destination was China, accounting for USD 18.34 billion (68.67%).

4. Machinery and electrical equipment

  • Machinery and electrical equipment, along with their parts (HS 85), ranked fourth in terms of highest exports, reaching USD 14.35 billion and comprising 5.54% of the total.
  • The United States was the leading export destination, contributing USD 3.46 billion (24.09%).

5. Vehicles and spare parts

  • Vehicles and their parts (HS 87) emerged as the fifth highest exported commodity, valued at USD 11.15 billion, making up 4.31% of the total exports in 2023.
  • The primary export destination for this commodity was the Philippines, with a share of 25.78% or USD 2.88 billion.

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    Pandu Biasramadhan

    Senior Consulting Manager at InCorp Indonesia

    An expert for more than 10 years, Pandu Biasramadhan, has an extensive background in providing top-quality and comprehensive business solutions for enterprises in Indonesia and managing regional partnership channels across Southeast Asia.

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