KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 (Bernama) -- Sarawak's total imports rose by 45.5 per cent valued at RM34.29 billion in 2022, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) said.
In a written reply on the Parliament's website on Tuesday, the ministry said the increase in imports was attributed to the import of chemicals and chemical materials, petroleum products, and metal ore and scrap.
"The list of Sarawak's main imports for 2022 showed a similar trend with chemicals and chemical materials worth RM9.33 billion, representing a 27.2 per cent share of the state's total imports; metal ore and scrap (RM5.07 billion; 14.8 per cent); and machinery, equipment, and tools (RM4.39 billion; 12.8 per cent)," it said.
Miti was replying to a question from Mordi Bimol (PH-Mas Gading) who wanted to know the value of Sarawak’s imports in 2021 and a list of the main imports and their ringgit value for the same year.
The value of Sarawak's imports in 2021 amounted to RM23.57 billion, a growth of 24.2 per cent from the previous year following a rise in imports of chemicals and chemical materials, metal ores and scrap, and petroleum products.
According to Miti, the state’s main imports in 2021 were chemicals and chemical materials worth RM5.26 billion, or 22.3 per cent of Sarawak's total imports; metal ore and scrap (RM3.65 billion; 15.5 per cent); as well as machinery, equipment and tools (RM2.98 billion;12.6 per cent).
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