By Ulf Laessing
Non oil imports fell 21% to $122.3bn last year, says head of the Federal Customs Authority.
The UAE's non oil exports rose to $17.97 billion in 2009, from $16.3 billion the previous year, state news agency WAM reported on Saturday.Non oil imports fell 21 percent to $122.3 billion in 2009, WAM said, quoting the head of the UAE's Federal Customs Authority.
In total, the non oil foreign trade volume of the world's third largest oil exporter and OPEC member fell 16 percent to $180.5 billion.
The figure includes reexported goods worth $40.24 billion in 2009, a nine percent decline compared to the previous year.
The UAE ministry of economics has yet to publish 2009 trade figures. (Reuters)