The total value of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi's non-oil foreign trade amounted to about AED 124 billion during 1st half of 2022, compared to AED 110 billion and 313 million, with a growth rate of 12%, recorded in the same period of 2020.
Exports during the first six months of this year increased to 26%, at a value of AED 49 billion and 479 million, compared to the same period in 2021, which they recorded AED 39 billion and 193 million, while re-export activities increased to 6% at a value of AED 23 billion and 43 million, compared to AED 21 billion and 689 million recorded during the last year, while the Exports in the United Arab Emirates increased to 4% recording a total value of about AED 51 billion and 475 million, compared to AED49 billion and 432 million recorded in the same period of the last year.
The value of the trade in commodities from normal metals and their products increased to AED 24 billion and 516 million, with a growth rate of 22%, compared to AED 20 billion and 112 million recorded during 1st half of 2021. The trade in sound and image machinery and broadcasting equipment and their accessories recorded a growth during this period with 23%, compared to AED 17 billion and 903 million recorded during the same period of the last year, while the trade in pearls, gemstones, precious metals and their products has increased to 40% at a value of AED 17 billion and 245 million recorded during the same period of the last year.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had the largest of total value of shares traded compared to the countries, where the trade increased to AED 28 billion and 636 million, with a growth rate of 3% compared to AED 27 billion and 906 million recorded during the same period in 2021. followed by Switzerland with a total value of AED 9 billion and 530 million dirhams, with a rate of A growth of 260% compared to the same period in the last year, The United States of America which recorded AED 9 billion and 330 million with a growth rate of 21%, then China with AED 5 billion and 959 million with a growth rate of 9% and Kuwait with AED 5 billion and 870 million with a growth rate of 13% compared to the same period Iin last year.
H.E. Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, Director General, General Administration of Customs, Abu Dhabi Customs, said : “Abu Dhabi Customs continues to walk steadily towards achieving its vision to be a World-Class Customs Authority, leading change in an effort to enhance security, facilitate trade and provide distinguished services, constantly prompting to invest in advanced technologies that rely on Digital technologies and artificial intelligence to provide remarkable world customs services ,which effectively contributes to save time and effort for customers, and supports their choice of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to be a destination for their operations, especially with the facilities and services provided by the emirate that stimulate investment and trade and support the interests of regional and global companies that their headquarters are located in Abu Dhabi.
He added that Abu Dhabi Customs, within its competencies and plans, succeeded to develop proactive strategic services during the previous period that contributed effectively to the develop the customs work system through the land, sea and air ports of the emirate and facilitate customs inspections, which supported the completion of transactions in a expedite and proper manner, which has positive effect on cooperation with strategic partners with regard to the increase of the value of commercial exchanges and their growth during the1st half of this year compared to the same period in 2021.
H.E. Ahmed Mahmoud Fikri, the Director General of Statistics Centre-Abu Dhabi, said” The statistics of non-oil foreign trade during the 1st half of 2022 reflect a clear increase, that showed a remarkable performance of the economy, as a result of the effective strategic plans adopted by the emirate during the last period. Foreign trade statistics represent a major axis of the Decision-making and policies due to the accurate data it provides that are used to set a detailed picture of the whole performance of the economy. In this context, the Statistics Center, Abu Dhabi, looks forward to develop an advanced statistical system that consolidates continuous cooperation with statistical work partners from producers and users of statistical data to provide continuous support to decision makers. and policy makers in the Emirate