JAKARTA, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia recorded a trade balance surplus of 2.36 billion U.S. dollars in May, a positive achievement for 13 consecutive months, according to the country's Central Agency of Statistics on Tuesday.
Indonesia has obtained the trade balance surplus since May 2020 when the country logged a surplus of 2.09 billion dollars while with a deficit of 0.37 billion dollars in the previous month.
The agency's head Kecuk Suhariyanto said the surplus in May came from the difference between the export value of 16.595 billion dollars and the import value of 14.234 billion dollars.
Indonesia's trade balance in May 2021 reached a surplus with the United States of 1.08 billion dollars, the Philippines 0.54 billion dollars, and Malaysia 0.44 billion dollars, but had a deficit with China of 0.51 billion dollars, Australia 0.33 billion dollars, and South Korea 0.19 billion dollars.
From January to May 2021, the accumulated surplus was recorded at 10.17 billion dollars, higher than that in the same period of last year, which only stood at 4.18 billion dollars.