By Staff writer
General Administration of Customs – Abu Dhabi releases figures which show decrease in imports but increase in exports
Abu Dhabi's total non-oil foreign trade rose to AED84.3 billion ($22.9 billion) in the first six months of 2016, according to figures released by the General Administration of Customs – Abu Dhabi.
The half-yearly figure represented an increase of AED59 million compared to the first half of 2015, it said in a statement.
The volume of imports was worth AED57.3 billion, down 1.9 percent on H1 2015 while the volume of exports was worth AED17.3 billion, up 2.9 percent on the same period last year.
The volume of re-exports in Abu Dhabi reached AED9.6 billion, an increase by 7.5 percent, the statement added.
Mohammed Khadem Al Hameli, acting director general of the General Administration of Customs – Abu Dhabi said: “Abu Dhabi Customs is committed to developing its E-Systems to become ‘smart’, and continues to identify new ways to collect customs’ revenues in line with its significant role to help achieve Abu Dhabi’s strategic objectives and in accordance with the highest international standards.”
Among the most imported goods into Abu Dhabi were machines and equipment and vehicles and transport parts and accessories.
Top exports included plastic, rubber, copper, and aluminum while machines and electrical equipment dominated the list of re-exports.