UAE Non-Oil trade rises to Dh 59.6 billion in May

ABU DHABI - The primary statistical data of the Federal Customs Authority confirmed the growth of non-oil trade volume of the UAE with a rate of 14% by the end of May 2010 compared with the same period in 2009, as the total trade volume rises from 52.075 billion Dirhams in last May to 59.604 billion Dirhams in May this year.

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Published: Sun 25 Jul 2010, 7:09 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:38 AM

The Federal Customs Authority stated in a press release today that the primary statistical data showed a growth in the country’s exports of non-oil products to the outside world by 65% during that period from 4.353 billion Dirhams in May 2009 to 7.197 billion Dirhams in May 2010, while the re-exports item witnessed a growth rate of 22%, with a rising value from 11.26 billion to AED 13.763 billion Dirhams, and the item of imports grow by 6%, with a rising value from 36.463 billion to AED 38.644 billion Dirhams for the same period.

The Authority highlighted that the UAE non-oil foreign trade volume in terms of value mounted to 59.604 billion Dirhams in May 2010, of which 38.644 billion Dirhams value of imports, 7.197 billion and the value of exports, 13.763 billion the value of re-exports. While the UAE foreign trade volume in terms of weight during May 2010 amounted to 6.176 million tons, of which 3.893 million tons, the weight of imports, and 1.496 million, the weight of exports and 787 million tons, the weight of re-exports, which means that the average of daily weights of customs packages that has been handled by the various customs outlets in terms of export, import and re-export amounted to about 26 thousand tons per day on the basis of official working hours (8 hours for five days a week), with an average of 3 tons per hour.

The Authority alluded that the high growth volume in non-oil exports and re-exports as compared to growth of imports in last May, according to primary data is a positive reflection of the economic policy pursued under the prudent leadership of the country in the light of the financial crisis, which dominates the world since 2008, as well as the growth indicators in these items reflects the continued improvement in the trade balance of the UAE with the outside world during the reporting period, which underscores the increasing competitiveness of UAE exports in world markets despite the financial crisis that has hit the global economies over that period.

With regard to the geographical distribution of the UAE foreign trade map during the period of comparison, the authority stated in its statements that all of India, China, the United States of America, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Switzerland, respectively, have occupied the top ranking of the countries that the UAE dealt with under the item of imports in May 2010 with a value of 23.692 billion Dirhams and a rate of 61% of the total value of the UAE imports, while Switzerland, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and China, respectively, ranked in the top of countries in the field of non-oil exports with a value of 5.602 billion Dirhams for the same period with a rate of 78% of the total value of exports. On the other hand, India, Iran, Iraq, United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Belgium, Qatar and Kuwait, respectively, ranked in the top place in terms of re-exports with a value of AED 9.934 billion a rate of 72% of the total value of re-exports.

The Federal Customs Authority highlighted that the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah have occupied 97.5% of the total non-oil trade volume of the Country in May 2010, and pointed out that the share of Abu Dhabi of the total trade volume amounted to 9.386 billion Dirhams, while the share of Dubai has amounted to 37.905 billion Dirhams and Sharjah 3.498 billion Dirhams, while the share of Ajman 435 million Dirhams Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah 83 million Dirhams, and Fujairah 723 million Dirhams, Umm Al Quwain 44.7 million Dirhams.

The Authority stated that Saudi Arabia has preserved its position at the top ranking of UAE trading partners of the GCC countries last May, as the total value of trade between UAE and Saudi Arabia has reached 1.792 billion Dirhams during that period, while the Sultanate of Oman ranked in the second place with a share of 681 million Dirhams, then Bahrain with a share of 643 million Dirhams and Kuwait 608 million Dirhams, Qatar 552 million Dirhams.

The authority added: “Saudi Arabia has also occupied the leading rank of the Arab countries with regard to the non-oil trade volume with the UAE last May, followed by Iraq, Sudan, Oman, Kuwait, Libya, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Yemen, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Somalia, Tunisia, Mauritania, Djibouti, Algeria, Palestine, and the Aalghemraly respectively.”

The Authority noted that the primary statistical data has showed that gold and diamond have maintained in the top ranking of the top ten items of non-oil trade of the UAE during the period, noting that the value of gold trade in the UAE (including gold plated with platinum) Unwrought or semi-manufactured, or as powder amounted to AED 5.5 billion last May, and diamond (albeit busy, but not mounted or manufactured) 3.7 billion Dirhams, cars and other motor vehicles designed to transport persons except the motor vehicles designed for transporting of ten or more persons including the station and racing cars about two billion Dirhams, jewelry and parts thereof, of precious metal or metal clad with precious metal of 1.8 billion Dirhams, and telephone apparatuses including cellular mobiles or other wireless networks; or other devices to send or receive voice, images or other data, including the means of communication in a wired or wireless networks 812 million Dirhams.

Moreover, The authority stated that the data and exchange trade figures is considered as a mirror that reflects the efficiency of the customs performance of any country, and it is one of the strong indication, along with other indicators, that reflects the efficiency and the development of customs outlets and then the efficiency and the development of the national economy as a whole, on the grounds that customs outlets is the interface or the first official point of contact with the outside world.

Furthermore, the Authority added that the previous indicators reflects many important indications with regard to the level of customs work development, as it draws precisely the features of the UAE customs map and the role of customs Departments in raising the performance efficiency and maximize the competitiveness of the national economy, taking into account the importance of economic, legislative, political factors and other infrastructure in achieving trading and economic growth and booming.

The Authority explained that UAE foreign trade volume reflects the importance that the UAE has occupied on the map of world trade and the global economy as the UAE a a point of trade attraction in the region and the world, and the increasing role of the UAE in achieving economic growth through the activation and raise the performance efficiency of the customs sector, in accordance with the modern concept of the country’s role in light of application of the free market economy mechanisms, in addition to the increasing role of the Authority and the various customs Departments in the national economy structure and raising the efficiency and competitiveness of the economy between the region’s countries and the territory.

The Authority also pointed to the increasing role that the UAE playing as a leading trading gateway, not only in the Arabian Gulf area, but also in different regions of the world, including regions of Asia and the Pacific, North Africa, Middle East, Europe, East Southern Africa, as evidenced from the ranking of UAE partners and their geographic location, as well as the above-mentioned re-exports data.

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