17/12/2018 06:44 AST

Kuwait’s non-oil exports went up to 25.2 percent in November compared to November 2017, Kuwait’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry said Sunday.

Total exports were about KD 13.4 million (approximately $44 million) during November compared to KD 7.9 million (around $26 million) November 2017, the ministry said in a press statement. Arab countries accounted for 83 percent of Kuwait’s total exports with KD 11.1 million (about $36.4 million).

The rest of the world accounted for 17 percent with KD 2.2 million (about $7.2 million). Qatar was the highest ranked country to import at KD 4.3 million (approximately $14 million), after that Saudi Arabia with KD 2.6 million (about $ 8.5 million).

Next is Iraq at KD 1 million (around $3.2 million), then Jordan with KD 733,000 (about $2.4 million), afterwards Lebanon with KD 639,000 (approximately $2 million), lastly Morocco with a value of KD 9,300 (about $30,000). Food, utensils, furniture, tents, livestock and material such as wool, metal doors, and glass fibers were most of the exports to Arab countries.

Regarding with Kuwaiti exports to non- Arab countries, Italy was the largest importer with KD 1.6 million (around $2.5 million), then Portugal with KD 187,000 (about $614,000), after that France with KD 127,000 (about $417,000) then Spain with KD 95,000 (approximately $ 312,000). Kuwait also exported to Greece, Poland, Tanzania, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Guinea and Benin, worth overall KD 142,000 (about $ 466,000). Polyethylene, lye, silicon, plastic granules, sweets and chicken were mostly exports to non-Arab countries.

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