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External Trade - 3rd Quarter 2016

Highlights
 
Exports
 
Total exports for the third quarter of 2016 amounted to Rs 20,717 million, 12.6% less compared to the corresponding quarter of 2015. This drop is mainly explained by decreases of 47.1% in the exports of “Machinery and transport equipment, 12.1% in Miscellaneous manufactured goods and 9.1% in Ship’s stores & bunkers”, partly offset by  increases of 4.2% in the exports of  Chemicals & related products and 2.6% in “Food and live animals”.
 
Exports of Export Oriented Enterprises (EOE) declined by 11.4% to Rs 11,178 million.  
 
Exports to our main buyers dropped for U.A.E (-82.4%), South Africa (-24.8%), United Kingdom (-17.7) Madagascar (-3.5%) and U.S.A (-3.4%) but rose for France (+6.8%) and Spain (+3.4).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total exports for the third quarter of 2016 decreased slightly by 2.4%. This is mainly due to  decreases of  22.8% in the exports of  “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” and 1.5% in “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” respectively, partly offset by  increases of 14.3%  in Machinery and transport equipment and 11.1% in “Ship’s stores and bunkers.
 
Decreases were registered in exports to Italy (-29.1%), France (-16.8%), Madagascar (-16.5%) while increases were noted for South Africa (+22.9%), USA (+14.3%) and U.A.E (+5.4%).
 
 
Imports
 
Total imports declined slightly by 0.2% from Rs 41,973 million in the third quarter of 2015 to Rs 41,889 million in the third quarter of 2016. Decreases were noted in imports of “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (-11.6%) and “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (-9.4%), partly offset by increases in the imports of “Food and live animals” (+9.7%), “Machinery and transport equipment” (+4.7%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+2.4%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers rose for Germany (+30.1%), Japan (16.1%), South Africa (+11.1%), France (+6.8%), India (+1.9%) and China (+1.7%) but fell for Vietnam (-69.3%) and Spain (-28.1%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total imports for the third quarter of 2016 rose by 4.3%.  Increases were registered in imports of “Food and live animals” (+17.6%), Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (+4.1%) and “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (+2.5%), partly offset by decreases in “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (-5.8%) and “Beverages and tobacco” (-21.8%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers increased for France (+10.3%), South Africa (+8.1%) and India (+7.5%) respectively but decreased for Vietnam (-50.8%), Spain (-15.0%), Italy (-11.0%),           Germany (-7.7%) and China (-3.4%).
 
 
Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the third quarter of 2016 works out to Rs 21,172 million, 15.9% higher than the deficit of Rs 18,267 million for the corresponding quarter of 2015. Compared to the previous quarter, the deficit was higher by 11.7%.  
 
 
Forecast 2016
Based on quarterly trends and indicative information from various sources, total exports for the year 2016 are expected to be around Rs 88,000 million against Rs 167,500 million for imports. Consequently, the trade deficit would be around Rs 79,500 million. 
 
 
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November 2016