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External Trade - 2nd Quarter 2016

Highlights
 
Exports
 
Total exports for the second quarter of 2016 amounted to Rs 21,225 million, 15.3% less compared to the corresponding quarter of 2015. This drop is mainly explained by decreases of 65.6%  in the exports of “Machinery and transport equipment” and 37.2% in the exports of “Ship’s stores and bunkers”, partly offset by  increases of 37.8% in the exports of  Beverages & tobacco and 5.6% in “Food and live animals”.
 
Exports of Export Oriented Enterprises (EOE) declined by 10.9% to Rs 11,693 million.  
 
Exports to our main buyers dropped for U.A.E (-88.7%), United Kingdom (-25.5%), South Africa        (-12.4%) and U.S.A (-8.9%) but rose for Italy (+25.6%), Madagascar (+19.4%) and France (+11.6%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total exports for the second quarter of 2016 increased slightly by 0.3%. This is mainly due to  increases of  18.0% in the exports of  “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” and 3.5% in “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” respectively, partly offset by  decreases of 29.2%  in Machinery and transport equipment and 10.0% in “Ship’s stores and bunkers.
 
Decreases were registered in exports to U.A.E (-66.4%), South Africa (-23.6%), Italy (-8.7%), United Kingdom (-6.5%) while increases were noted for Spain (+54.3%), Madagascar (+26.9%), France (+23.4%) and USA (+10.3%).
 
Imports
 
Total imports dropped by 6.2% from Rs 42,853 million in the second quarter of 2015 to                          Rs 40,180 million in the second quarter of 2016. Decreases were noted in the imports of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (-26.5%), “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials”           (-17.4%) and “Machinery and transport equipment” (-8.6%), partly offset by increases in the imports of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+14.9%)”, “Chemicals & related products” (+7.0%) and “Food and live animals” (+6.1%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers fell for India (-26.0%) but rose for South Africa (+8.4%). France (+3.8%) and China (+0.2%)
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total imports for the second quarter of 2016 rose by 7.3%.  Increases were registered in imports of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+33.5%), “Chemicals and related products” (+18.4%), “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (+10.0%), “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (+9.4%), partly offset by a decrease in imports of “Machinery and transport equipment” (-1.5%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers increased for China (+21.6%), South Africa (+12.6%), India (+7.9%) and France (+3.4%) respectively but decreased for Vietnam (-29.4%).
 
Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the second quarter of 2016 works out to Rs 18,955 million, 6.5% higher than the deficit of Rs 17,790 million for the corresponding quarter of 2015. Compared to the previous quarter, the deficit was higher by 16.5%.  
 
Forecast 2016
 Based on quarterly trends and indicative information from various sources, total exports for the year 2016 are expected to be around Rs 95,000 million against Rs 171,000 million for imports. Consequently, the trade deficit would be around Rs 76,000 million. 

  
 
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August 2016