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DUBAI: August 14, 2017. Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) increased the value of its non-oil foreign trade by US$80.2 billion in 2016 with volumes rising 17 percent year-on-year to reach 27.9 million tonnes.

China maintained its position during the year as Jafza's largest trading partner with US$11.3 billion worth of goods as many Chinese companies used the location to re-export products.

Jebel Ali FTZSaudi Arabia was the second largest customer with US$7 billion, followed by Vietnam with US$4.3 billion and the U.S. with US$3.7 billion.

Trade with Asia Pacific in 2016 totaled US$32.4 billion followed by the Middle East at US$27.2 billion, Europe (US$9.9 billion), the Americas (US$5.5 billion) and Africa (US$5 billion).

DP World group chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem commented: "The value and volume of trade through Jafza underlines the strength of the national economy and its ability to adapt to global trading conditions, create investment opportunities and open up new markets to exports from the UAE."

Machinery, electronics and electrical goods accounted for 49 percent of Jafza's total trade followed by petrochemicals, oil and gas with 16 percent, food and FMCG (8.0 percent), textiles and garments (7.0 percent) and automotive and spare parts (6.0 percent).

Bin Sulayem added: "Jebel Ali Port plays a pivotal role in enabling international trade so companies operating in Jafza can import and re-export their goods and products to the various countries of the region. Dubai Logistics Corridor, [connecting] Jebel Ali Port and Al Maktoum International Airport in one Customs zone, reduces the time taken for the movement of goods between sea and air, making the area the main transit gateway in the Middle East."

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