In May 2016, trade surplus was marginally revised to USD373.6 million.
Compared to the previous month, exports were up by 12.18 percent. Oil exports rose 23.92 percent and sales of non-oil and gas products rose 11.12 percent. By categories, sales rose for: machine/electrical equipments (+11.57 percent), machine/mechanical equipment (+40.62 percent), apparel not knitted (+45.91 percent), knitted materials (+56.70 percent) and ores, crust, metal ash (+128.73 percent). In contrast, outbound shipments fell for: animal/vegetable fats and oils (-5.08 percent), pearls, precious and semi-precious stones (-6.05 percent), iron and steel articles (-52.23 percent), pulp (-17.19 percent) and inorganic chemicals (-25.01 percent).
Sales were up to all of the country's main trading partners: the ASEAN countries (+10.65 percent to USD2.56 billion), the EU countries (+4.40 percent to USD1.23 billion), Japan (+23.33 percent to USD1.24 billion), China (+23.33 percent to USD1.21 billion), the US (+26.90 percent to USD1.63 billion), India (+6.48 poercent to USD773.8 million) and South Korea (+12.69 percent to USD482.9 million).
Compared to a month earlier, imports went up 7.86 percent. Purchases of oil and gas increased by 1.02 percent and those of non-oil and gas was up 9.07 percent. Imports rose for all categories: consumption goods(+14.20 percent to USD1.14 billion), raw materials (+4.62 percent to USD8.89 billion) and capital goods (+20.79 percent to USD1.99 billion).