Sa'udi Arabia - Foreign trade



Sa'udi Arabia's commodity exports are dominated by mineral fuels, which account for 13% of the world's mineral fuel exports. Crude petroleum (79% of total exports, 16.3% of world crude petroleum exports) and refined petroleum products (12% and7.1%, respectively) are the largest exports. Other exports include polymers (1.2%) and industrial alcohols (1.4%, accounting for8.1% of the world's industrial alcohol exports).

In 2000 Sa'udi Arabia's imports were distributed among the following categories:

Sa'udi Arabia

Consumer goods 17.3%
Food 15.9%
Fuels 0.2%
Industrial supplies 24.2%
Machinery 19.9%
Transportation 21.2%
Other 1.3%

Principal trading partners in 1998 (in millions of US dollars) were as follows:

Sa'udi Arabia

COUNTRY EXPORTS IMPORTS BALANCE
Japan 6,524 4,392 2,132
United States 6,517 11,577 -5,060
Korea 3,986 1,456 2,530
Singapore 2,982 420 2,562
India 2,338 767 1,571
France 1,622 1,570 52
Netherlands 1,538 691 847
United Kingdom 1,345 4,896 -3,551
Italy 1,259 1,814 -555
Germany 527 2,652 -2,125

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