(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi nonoil exports rose by 12.6 percent in October 2013 to reach SR17.97 billion compared to the figures of the same period last year, according to a report released by the Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI).
According to the CDSI report, Saudi imports narrowly dropped by 0.2 percent to SR44.20 billion compared to the figures of the same period last year.
Petrochemical products topped the Kingdom's list of exports in October and registered 31.74 percent of non-oil exports valued at SR5.70 billion, the report said.
Plastic products came in the second rank of nonoil exports and valued SR5.36 billion, or 29.86 percent, followed by transport equipment and their parts by 15.02 percent of the total value of exports, according to the report.
Equipment, machinery and electrical utensils captured the highest value of Saudi imports in October 2013 at SR10.94 billion.or 24.75 percent of the total value of imports, followed by transport materials at the value of SR8.28 billion, or 18.75 percent, and ordinary metals and their products at SR5.13 billion, or 11.62 percent, the report added.
The UAE topped the list of major importers from Saudi Arabia by 14.38 percent of the total value of exports in October, followed by China at 13.80 percent and Singapore at 5.61 percent, the report said.
In the same month, the United States remained the biggest exporter to the Kingdom which recorded 13.25 percent of the total Saudi imports, followed by China at 11.49 percent and Japan at 6.89 percent, the report said.