Foreign Trade, Third Quarter 2022

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The Central Bureau of Statistics presents the most important findings for the Foreign Trade of the 3rd quarter 2022.

Total Import

The total import, in terms of weight, registered an increase of 49.6 mln. kg (42.6%) in the third quarter of 2022 (166.1 mln. kg) compared to the same period in 2021 (116.5 mln. kg), while, in terms of value, the total import increased by Afl. 85.6 mln (14.6%), from Afl. 586.8 mln. to Afl. 672.4 mln.

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

Import to the free circulation area of Aruba, in terms of weight, registered an increase of 49.8 mln. kg (43.7%) in the third quarter of 2022 (163.7 mln. kg), compared to the same period in 2021 (113.9 mln. kg). During this period, fifteen (15) of the twenty-one (21) sections registered increases in terms of weight in import to the free circulation area of Aruba. The increase in import to the free circulation area of Aruba (weight) was mainly due to an increase of 51.1 mln. kg (105.7%) in the section “Mineral products”.

The largest decrease was observed in the section “Miscellaneous manufactured articles”, with a decrease of 2.6 mln. kg (-50.8%).

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. 89.3 mln. (16.3%) in the third quarter of 2022 (Afl. 638.9 mln.) compared to the same period in 2021 (Afl. 549.6 mln.). During this period, fifteen (15) 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. 26.0 mln. (75.3%) and Afl. 20.8 (33.6%) mln. in the sections “Mineral products” and “Machinery & electrotechnical equipment (new & renewed)”, respectively.

The largest decrease was observed in the section “Miscellaneous manufactured articles”, with decrease of Afl. 7.8 mln. (-18.2%), respectively.

Import to the free Zone of Aruba

Import to the free Zone of Aruba, in terms of weight, registered a decrease of -0.2 mln. kg (-5.8%) in the third quarter of 2022 (2.4 mln. kg) compared to the same period in 2021 (2.6 mln. kg) and was mainly due to a decrease of 0.1 mln. kg (-5.4%) in the section “Food products”.

In terms of value, the import to the free Zone of Aruba decreased by Afl. 3.7 mln (-10.0%) from Afl. 37.2 mln. to Afl.

33.5 mln and was mainly due to a decrease of Afl. 3.5 mln. (-9.6%) 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 an increase of 50.0 mln. kg (44.3%) in the third quarter of 2022 (163.0 mln. kg) compared to the same period in 2021 (113.0 mln. kg) and was mainly due to an increase of 51.1 mln. kg (105.7%) in the section “Mineral products”.

In terms of value, the import by Sea increased by Afl. 78.2 mln. (17.1%) from Afl. 458.8 mln. to Afl. 537.1 mln and was mainly due to increases of Afl. 26.0 mln. (75.4%) and Afl. 16.8 mln. (32.8%) in the sections “Mineral products” and “Machinery & electrotechnical equipment (new & renewed)”, respectively.

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

Import by Air to the free circulation area of Aruba, in terms of weight, decreased by 0.2 mln. kg (-25.5%) from 1.0 mln. kg in the third quarter of 2021 to 0.7 mln. kg in the third quarter of 2022 and was mainly due to a decrease of each 0.1 mln. kg in the sections “Vegetable products” and “Food products”.

In terms of value, the import by Air increased by Afl. 11.1 mln. (12.2%) from Afl. 90.8 mln. to Afl. 101.8 mln and was mainly due to an increase of Afl. 4.8 mln. (36.1%) 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, decreased by 2.1 mln. kg (-8.3%) from 25.6 mln. kg in the third quarter of 2021 to 23.4 mln. kg in the third quarter of 2022 and was mainly due to a decrease of 1.8 mln. kg (-7.3%) in the section “Mineral products”.

In terms of value, the import by “Large companies” increased by Afl. 27.1 mln. (62.2%) from Afl. 43.6 mln. to Afl.

70.7 mln and was mainly due to an increase of Afl. 21.5 mln. (72.2%) in the section “Mineral products”.

  • Free circulation area of Aruba: all goods entering or leaving the economic territory of Aruba, excluding the Free Zone
  • Large companies refers to the following companies: Valero, Arugas, Web, Elmar and Setar

THIRD QUARTER 2022

FOREIGN TRADE

IMPORT mln. kg % change
To Aruba by Sea ↑ 50.0 44.3
To Aruba by Air ↓ -0.2 -25.5
To Aruba ↑ 49.8 43.7
To the Free Zone ↓ -0.2 -5.8
Total Import ↑ 49.6 42.6
By Large companies* ↓ -2.1 -8.3
IMPORT mln. Afl. % change
To Aruba by Sea ↑ 78.2 17.1
To Aruba by Air ↑ 11.1 12.2
To Aruba ↑ 89.3 16.3
To the Free Zone ↓ -3.7 -10.0
Total Import ↑ 85.6 14.6
By Large companies* ↑ 27.1 62.2
EXPORT mln. kg % change
From Aruba by Sea ↓ -2.4 -29.8
From Aruba by Air ↑ 0.0 8.7
From Aruba ↓ -2.4 -29.6
From the Free Zone ↓ -0.1 -2.8
Total Export ↓ -2.5 -23.7
By Large companies* ↑ 0.0 187,331.6
EXPORT mln. Afl. % change
From Aruba by Sea ↑ 4.0 48.9
From Aruba by Air ↑ 0.1 2.1
From Aruba ↑ 4.2 28.9
From the Free Zone ↓ -1.1 -3.5
Total Export ↑ 3.1 6.8
By Large companies* ↑ 0.0 8,019.0

The % change is determined by comparing the

3rd quarter of 2021 with the 3rd quarter of 2022.

*Large companies refers to the following companies:

Valero, Arugas, Web, Elmar and Setar

 

Total Export

The total export, in terms of weight, registered a decrease of 2.5 mln. kg (-23.7%) in the third quarter of 2022 (7.9 mln. kg) compared to the same period of 2021 (10.3 mln. kg), while, in terms of value, the total export increased by Afl. 3.1 mln. (6.8%) from Afl. 45.4 mln. to Afl. 48.5 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 2.4 mln. kg (-29.6%) in the third quarter of 2022 (5.7 mln. kg) compared to the same period in 2021 (8.1 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 2.2 mln. kg (-46.4%) in the section “Base metals and derivated works”.

The largest increase was observed in the section “Food products”, with an increase of 0.4 mln. kg (149.2%).

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

Export from the free circulation area of Aruba, in terms of value, registered an increase of Afl 4.2 mln. (28.9%) in the third quarter of 2022 (Afl. 18.6 mln.) compared to the same period in 2021 (Afl. 14.4 mln.). Fourteen (14) of the twenty-one (21) sections, registered increases in terms of value in the export from the free circulation area of Aruba. The increase in export from the free circulation area of Aruba (value) was mainly due to increases of Afl. 2.8 mln. (328.2%) and Afl. 1.3 mln. (98.6% )in the sections “Machinery & electrotechnical equipment (new & renewed)” and “Base metals and derivated works”, respectively.

The largest decrease was observed in the section “Chemical products”, with a decrease of Afl. 1.3 mln. (-47.3%).

Export from the free Zone of Aruba

Export from the free Zone of Aruba, in terms of weight, registered a decrease of 0.1 mln. kg (-2.8%) in the third quarter of 2022 (2.2 mln. kg) compared to the same period in 2021 (2.3 mln. kg) and was mainly due to a decrease of 0.1 mln. kg (-3.0%) in the section “Food products”.

In terms of value, the export from the free Zone of Aruba decreased by Afl. 1.1 mln. (-3.5%) from Afl. 31.0 mln. to Afl. 29.9 mln. and was mainly due to a decrease of Afl. 1.1 mln. (-3.6%) in the section “Food products”.

Total Import by quarter, 2018-2022
700 400
600 350
500 300
Afl 400 250 kg
mln. 200 mln.
300 150
200 100
100 50
0 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 0
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2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total Import (mln. Afl) 540.7 547.3 561.4 598.8 534.2 557.7 583.2 676.7 509.5 309.2 422.4 438.7 397.7 486.5 586.8 621.5 565.1 605.3 672.4
Total Import (mln. kg) 145.1 144.9 157.7 147.9 154.5 203.4 159.8 182.5 148.4 77.4 143.8 127.8 99.0 165.7 116.5 161.2 158.9 134.0 166.1

Total Export by quarter, 2018-2022

60 20
18
50 16
40 14
Afl kg
12
mln. 30 10 mln.
8
20 6
10 4
2
0 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 0
3
2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total Export (mln. Afl) 31.0 29.4 29.8 34.2 31.6 40.4 34.1 34.7 26.2 21.0 36.1 34.7 21.6 46.6 45.4 44.3 38.5 50.5 48.5

Total Export (mln. kg) 4.5 4.8 4.6 5.4 5.0 6.1 4.7 5.3 4.9 4.2 5.0 5.5 4.9 6.7 10.3 7.2 7.2 7.1 7.9

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Table 1 Import by quarter, 2021-2022

3rd Quarter
Qtr. 2021 Qtr. 2022 2021 – 2022
in mln. kg 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 2020 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 2021 % change in mln
To Aruba by Sea 96.8 163.1 113.0 158.2 531.0 156.1 130.4 163.0 0.0 449.4 44.3 50.0
To Aruba by Air 0.6 0.6 1.0 0.8 3.1 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 2.1 -25.5 -0.2
To Aruba 97.4 163.7 113.9 159.0 534.1 156.8 131.0 163.7 0.0 451.5 43.7 49.8
To the Free Zone 1.6 2.0 2.6 2.2 8.4 2.1 3.0 2.4 0.0 7.6 -5.8 -0.2
Total Import 99.0 165.7 116.5 161.2 542.4 158.9 134.0 166.1 0.0 459.1 42.6 49.6
By Large companies 20.1 21.2 25.6 23.8 90.6 22.5 24.8 23.4 0.0 70.8 -8.3 -2.1
By Other companies 77.3 142.6 88.4 135.2 443.4 134.3 106.2 140.3 0.0 380.8 58.8 51.9
To Aruba 97.4 163.7 113.9 159.0 534.1 156.8 131.0 163.7 0.0 451.5 43.7 49.8
in mln. Afl.
To Aruba by Sea 312.6 369.1 458.8 477.2 1,617.8 436.6 462.9 537.1 0.0 1,436.5 17.1 78.2
To Aruba by Air 68.7 91.6 90.8 113.5 364.6 99.2 107.3 101.8 0.0 308.3 12.2 11.1
To Aruba 381.3 460.8 549.6 590.8 1,982.5 535.8 570.2 638.9 0.0 1,744.8 16.3 89.3
To the Free Zone 16.4 25.8 37.2 30.7 110.1 29.3 35.1 33.5 0.0 97.9 -10.0 -3.7
Total Import 397.7 486.5 586.8 621.5 2,092.5 565.1 605.3 672.4 0.0 1,842.8 14.6 85.6
By Large companies 39.7 39.3 43.6 46.5 169.1 59.0 55.2 70.7 0.0 184.9 62.2 27.1
By Other companies 341.6 421.5 506.0 544.3 1,813.4 476.8 514.9 568.2 0.0 1,559.9 12.3 62.2
To Aruba 381.3 460.8 549.6 590.8 1,982.5 535.8 570.2 638.9 0.0 1,744.8 16.3 89.3

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics Aruba

Table 2 Export by quarter, 2021-2022

3rd Quarter
Qtr. 2021 Qtr. 2022 2021 – 2022
in mln. kg 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 2020 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 2021 % change in mln
From Aruba by Sea 3.9 4.7 8.0 4.8 21.4 5.2 4.6 5.6 0.0 15.4 -29.8 -2.4
From Aruba by Air 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 8.7 0.0
From Aruba 3.9 4.74 8.1 4.9 21.6 5.2 4.68 5.7 0.0 15.6 -29.6 -2.4
From the Free Zone 1.0 2.0 2.3 2.3 7.6 2.0 2.4 2.2 0.0 6.6 -2.8 -0.1
Total Export 4.9 6.7 10.3 7.2 29.2 7.2 7.1 7.9 0.0 22.2 -23.7 -2.5
By Large companies 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 187,331.6 0.02
By Other companies 3.9 4.7 8.1 4.9 21.5 5.2 4.7 5.7 0.0 15.5 -29.9 -2.4
From Aruba 3.9 4.7 8.1 4.9 21.6 5.2 4.7 5.7 0.0 15.6 -29.6 -2.4
in mln. Afl.
From Aruba by Sea 6.6 9.0 8.3 6.8 30.6 8.1 10.4 12.3 0.0 30.9 48.9 4.0
From Aruba by Air 5.2 11.1 6.1 5.7 28.2 5.2 8.3 6.3 0.0 19.8 2.1 0.1
From Aruba 11.8 20.1 14.4 12.5 58.8 13.4 18.7 18.6 0.0 50.7 28.9 4.2
From the Free Zone 9.7 26.5 31.0 31.8 99.0 25.2 31.8 29.9 0.0 86.8 -3.5 -1.1
Total Export 21.6 46.6 45.4 44.3 157.8 38.5 50.5 48.5 0.0 137.5 6.8 3.1
By Large companies 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 8,019.0 0.0
By Other companies 11.8 19.8 14.4 12.5 58.4 13.4 18.7 18.5 0.0 50.6 28.7 4.1
From Aruba 11.8 20.1 14.4 12.5 58.8 13.4 18.7 18.6 0.0 50.7 28.9 4.2

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics Aruba

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