Foreign Trade, Second Quarter 2022

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The Central Bureau of Statistics presents the most important findings for the Foreign Trade of the 2nd quarter 2022.

Total Import

The total import, in terms of weight, registered a decrease of 31.7 mln. kg (-19.1%) in the second quarter of 2022 (134.0 mln. kg) compared to the same period in 2021 (165.7 mln. kg), while, in terms of value, the total import increased by Afl. 118.6 mln (24.4%), from Afl. 486.7 mln. to Afl. 605.2 mln.

Import to the free circulation area of Aruba* (weight)

Import to the free circulation area of Aruba, in terms of weight, registered a decrease of 32.7 mln. kg (-20.0%) in the second quarter of 2022 (131.0 mln. kg), compared to the same period in 2021 (163.7 mln. kg). During this period, six (6) of the twenty-one (21) sections registered decreases in terms of weight in import to the free circulation area of Aruba. The decrease in import to the free circulation area of Aruba (weight) was mainly due to a decrease of 38.2 mln. kg (-35.1%) in the section “Mineral products”.

The largest increase was observed in the section “Food products”, with an increase of 1.4 mln. kg (8.8%).

Import to the free circulation area of Aruba* (value) Import to the free circulation area of Aruba, in terms of value, registered an increase of Afl. 109.2 mln. (23.7%) in the second quarter of 2022 (Afl. 570.1 mln.) compared to the same period in 2021 (Afl. 460.9 mln.). During this period, nineteen (19) sections registered increases in terms of value in import to the free circulation area of Aruba. The increase in import to the free circulation area of Aruba (value) was mainly due to increases of Afl. 16.7 mln. (39.7%) and Afl. 15.1 (51.2%) mln. in the sections “Live animals and other animal products” and “Mineral products”, respectively.

The only two decreases were observed in the sections “Chemical products” and “Wood, charcoal and

woodwork”, with decreases of Afl. 0.4 mln. (-0.8%) and Afl. 0.3 mln. (-3.9%), respectively. Import to the free Zone of Aruba Import to the free Zone of Aruba, in terms of weight, registered an increase of 1.0 mln. kg (50.2%) in the second quarter of 2022 (3.0 mln. kg) compared to the same period in 2021 (2.0 mln. kg) and was mainly due to an increase of 1.0 mln. kg (55.2%) in the section “Food products”.

In terms of value, the import to the free Zone of Aruba increased by Afl. 9.3 mln (36.3%) from Afl. 25.8 mln. To Afl. 35.1 mln and was mainly due to an increase of Afl. 10.5 mln. (43.6%) in the section “Food products”.

The abovementioned Import (to the free calculation area of Aruba) is the result of Import by Sea and Import by Air, which had the following developments:

1. Import to the free circulation area of Aruba* by Sea

Import by Sea to the free circulation area of Aruba, in terms of weight, registered a decrease of 32.8 mln. Kg (20.1%) in the second quarter of 2022 (130.4 mln. kg) compared to the same period in 2021 (163.1 mln. kg) and was mainly due to a decrease of 38.2 mln. kg (-35.1%) in the section “Mineral products”.

In terms of value, the import by Sea increased by Afl. 93.6 mln. (25.4%) from Afl. 369.2 mln. to Afl. 462.8 mln and was mainly due to increases of Afl. 16.3 mln. (40.7%) and Afl. 15.0 mln. (51.2%) in the sections “Live animals and other animal products” and “Mineral products”, respectively.

2. Import to the free circulation area of Aruba* by Air

Import by Air to the free circulation area of Aruba, in terms of weight, increased by 0.1 mln. kg (8.5%) from 0.6 mln. kg in the second quarter of 2021 to 0.7 mln. kg in the second quarter of 2022 and was mainly due to an increase of 0.04 mln. kg (31.7%) in the section “Vegetable products”. In terms of value, the import by Air increased by Afl. 15.6 mln. (17.0%) from Afl. 91.7 mln. to Afl. 107.3 mln and was mainly due to an increase of Afl. 5.3 mln. (41.4%) in the section “Real pearls (natural) and other precious stones”.

Import to the free circulation area of Aruba* by Large companies**

Import by “Large companies”, in terms of weight, increased by 3.6 mln. kg (17.1%) from 21.2 mln. kg in the second quarter of 2021 to 24.8 mln. kg in the second quarter of 2022 and was mainly due to an increase of 3.7 mln. kg (18.2%) in the section “Mineral products”. In terms of value, the import by “Large companies” increased by Afl. 16.0 mln. (40.6%) from Afl. 39.3 mln. To Afl. 55.2 mln and was mainly due to an increase of Afl. 16.5 mln. (74.6%) in the section “Mineral products”.

Total Export

The total export, in terms of weight, registered an increase of 0.35 mln. kg (5.1%) in the second quarter of 2022 (7.10 mln. kg) compared to the same period of 2021 (6.75 mln. kg), while, in terms of value, the total export increased by Afl. 3.93 mln. (8.4%) from Afl. 46.57 mln. to Afl. 50.50 mln.

Export from the free circulation area of Aruba* (weight)

Export from the free circulation area of Aruba, in terms of weight, registered a decrease of 0.06 mln. kg (-1.2%) in the second quarter of 2022 (4.68 mln. kg) compared to the same period in 2021 (4.74 mln. kg). Eleven (11) of the twenty-one (21) sections, registered decreases in terms of weight in the export from the free circulation area of Aruba. The decrease in export from the free circulation area of Aruba (weight) was mainly due to a decrease of 0.65 mln. kg (-93.5%) in the section “Works of stone, gypsum, cement, asbestos”. The largest increase was observed in the section “Base metals and derivated works”, with an increase of 0.67 mln. kg (46.5%).

Export from the free circulation area of Aruba* (value)

Export from the free circulation area of Aruba, in terms of value, registered a decrease of 1.34 mln. kg (-6.7%) in the second quarter of 2022 (Afl. 18.72 mln.) compared to the same period in 2022 (Afl. 20.06 mln.). Nine (9) of the twenty-one (21) sections, registered decreases in terms of value in the export from the free circulation area of Aruba. The decrease in export from the free circulation area of Aruba (value) was mainly due to decreases of Afl. 1.60 mln. (-86.6%) and Afl. 1.51 mln. (-94.3% )in the sections “Transport equipment” and “Skins, hides, leather and peltry”, respectively. The largest increase was observed in the section “Base metals and derivated works”, with an increase of Afl. 2.33 mln. (166.9%).

Export from the free Zone of Aruba

Export from the free Zone of Aruba, in terms of weight, registered an increase of 0.41 mln. kg (20.2%) in the second quarter of 2022 (2.42 mln. kg) compared to the same period in 2021 (2.01 mln. kg) and was mainly due to an increase of 0.41 mln. kg (20.4%) in the section “Food products”. In terms of value, the export from the free Zone of Aruba increased by Afl. 5.27 mln. (19.9%) from Afl. 26.51 mln. to Afl. 31.78 mln. and was mainly due to an increase of Afl. 5.28 mln. (20.0%) in the section “Food products”.