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External Trade - 1st Quarter 2018

Highlights
 
 
Exports
 
Total exports for the first quarter of 2018 amounted to Rs 18,100 million, 8.1% lower  compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017.  This is mainly explained by decreases in exports of “Machinery and transport equipment” (-40.6%), “Food and live animals” (-23.0%) and “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (-11.7%), partly offset by increases in exports of “Ship’s stores & bunkers” (+37.7%), “Chemicals and related products” (+21.8%) and Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (+2.2%).
 
Exports of Export Oriented Enterprises (EOE) rose by 4.9% to Rs 9,853 million.
 
Exports to our main buyers went up for South Africa (+15.7%) and Netherlands (+14.8%) but dropped for U.S.A (-33.5%), Reunion (-28.0%), Madagascar (-26.1%), Italy (-23.6%) and France (-20.4).  Exports to U.K remained unchanged.
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total exports for the first quarter of 2018 fell by 10.3%. This is mainly explained by decreases in the exports of “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (-22.5%), “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (-12.5%), and “Food and live animals” (-11.5%), partly offset by increase in exports of “Ship’s stores and bunkers” (+15.8%).
 
Increases were registered in exports to Italy (+16.4%) and Germany (+8.7%) while exports to U.S.A, France and South Africa decreased by 31.1%, 9.0% and 3.2% respectively.
 
 
 
Imports
 
Total imports fell by 4.9% from Rs 41,193 million in the first quarter of 2017 to Rs 39,160 million in the first quarter of 2018. This is mainly due to decreases in imports of “Food and live animals” (-20.5%), “Machinery and transport equipment” (-13.6%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (-1.9%), partly offset by increases in the imports of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+9.3%), “Chemicals and related products n.e.s” (+6.7%) and “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (+4.9%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers rose for South Africa (+37.3%) and France (+13.0%) while
those from India and China fell by 3.8% and 2.0% respectively.
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total imports for the first quarter of 2018 decreased by 24.8%.  This is mainly due to decreases in imports of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (-42.1%), “Food and live animals” (-31.5%), “Machinery and transport equipment” (-30.2%) and “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (-25.1%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers increased for Saudi Arabia (+34.2%), UAE (+15.5%) but decreased for China (-41.3%), India (-21.5%) and France (-18.3%).
 
 
 
Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the first quarter of 2018 works out to Rs 21,060 million, 2.1% lower than the deficit of Rs 21,506 million for the corresponding quarter of 2017. Compared to the previous quarter, the deficit was lower by 34.0%.  
 
 
 
Forecast 2018
 
Based on recent past trends and information from various sources, total exports for the year 2018 is forecasted at around Rs 84,000 million and imports at Rs 193,000 million. Trade deficit for 2018 is therefore expected to be around Rs 109,000 million. 
 
 

 

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May 2018