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External Trade - 1st Quarter 2017

 Highlights

 

Exports

 

Total exports for the first quarter of 2017 amounted to Rs 19,687 million, 6.0% less compared to the corresponding quarter of 2016. This drop is mainly explained by decreases of 91.6%  in the re-exports of “Telecommunication equipment and accessories” and 22.9% in the exports of “Miscellaneous manufactured goods”, partly offset by  increases of 70.9% in the exports of “Ship’s stores and bunkers” and 10.3% in “Food and live animals”.

 
Exports of Export Oriented Enterprises (EOE) declined by 10.7% to Rs 9,397 million.  
 
Exports to our main buyers dropped for South Africa (-24.5%), United Kingdom (-21.2%), Italy (-14.1%) and Madagascar (-10.9%) but rose for Spain (+37.2%), U.S.A (+9.1%) and France (+6.2%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total exports for the first quarter of 2017 fell by 5.8%. This decline is mainly due to decreases in the exports of “Chemicals and related products” (-30.2%),  Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (-20.2%) and “Food and live animals” (-7.0%), partly offset by increases in “Ship’s stores and bunkers” (+29.3%),  Machinery and transport equipment (+27.1%) and  “Manufactured goods classified by material (+8.2%).
 
Decreases were registered in exports to United Kingdom (-18.4%), France (-12.9%), Italy (-11.7%), South Africa (-11.6%), Madagascar (-11.0%) and U.S.A (-6.6%), while exports to Spain increased by 15.2%.
 
 
Imports
 
Total imports rose by 10.0% from Rs 37,433 million in the first quarter of 2016 to Rs 41,193 million in the first quarter of 2017. Increases were noted in the imports of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (+70.5%), “Food and live animals” (+14.1%), “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+4.5%)”, partly offset by decreases in the imports of “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (-5.6%) and “Machinery and transport equipment” (-5.0%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers rose for India (+19.2%), South Africa (+15.2%) and France (+2.4%) but declined for China (-12.1%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total imports for the first quarter of 2017 fell by 10.3%.  Decreases were registered in imports of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (-36.4%), “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (-14.9%), “Chemicals & related products” (-14.9%), “Machinery and transport equipment” (-14.5%), partly offset by increases in “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (+6.2%) and “Food and live animals” (+0.9%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers decreased for China (-31.1%), India (-15.8%), South Africa (-11.8%) and France (-9.7%) respectively but increased for Danemark (+290.5%) and Madagascar (+41.8%).
 
 
Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the first quarter of 2017 works out to Rs 21,506 million, 30.5% higher than the deficit of  Rs 16,485 million for the corresponding quarter of 2016. Compared to the previous quarter, the deficit was lower by 14.1%.  
 
 
Forecast 2017
 
Based on quarterly trends and indicative information from various sources, total exports for the year 2017 are expected to be around Rs 87,000 million against Rs 181,000 million for imports. Consequently, the trade deficit would be around Rs 94,000 million. 
                                                                                                               

 

 
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May 2017