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External Trade 1st Quarter 2019

Highlights
Exports
 
Total exports for the first quarter of 2019 amounted to Rs 19,360 million, 7.0% higher compared to the corresponding quarter of 2018. This is mainly explained by increases in exports of “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+38.7%), “Food and live animals” (+15.7%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured goods (+0.9%) partly offset by decreases in exports of “Machinery and transport equipment” (-8.3%), “Ship’s stores & bunkers” (-3.1%) and “Chemicals and related products, n.e.s”      (-1.0%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter total exports for the first quarter of 2019 decreased by 9.1%. This is mainly explained by decreases in the exports of “Ship’s stores & bunkers” (-14.1%) “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (-12.6%), “Food and live animals” (-6.2%) and “Chemicals and related products, n.e.s” (-4.9%) partly offset by an increase in the exports of “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+5.2%).
 
Imports
 
Total imports increased by 18.2% from Rs 39,160 million in the first quarter of 2018 to Rs 46,279 million in the first quarter of 2019. This is mainly due to increases in imports of “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+32%), “Food and live animals” (+23.8%), “Machinery and transport equipment” (+22.1%), “Chemicals and related products, n.e.s” (+20.6%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (+17.4%) partly offset by decreases in imports of “Beverages and tobacco”          (-5.6%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total imports for the first quarter of 2019 decreased by 15.8%. This is mainly due to decreases in imports of “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (-37.1%), “Machinery and transport equipment” (-20.5%), “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (-16.6%), “Food and live animals” (-11%), “Chemicals and related products, n.e.s” (-9.0%) and “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (-1.8%).
 
Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the first quarter of 2019 works out to Rs 26,919 million, 27.8% higher than the deficit of Rs 21,060 million for the corresponding quarter of 2018. Compared to the previous quarter, the deficit was lower by 20.1%.
 
Forecast 2019
 
Based on recent past trends, available trade data for the first three months of 2019 and information from various sources, total exports for 2019 are forecasted at around Rs 83,000 million and total imports (including one - off items such as aircraft, wind turbines and metro trains) at Rs 212,000 million, both are same as the previous forecast. The trade deficit for 2019 is forecasted at Rs 129,000 million, compared to Rs 112,068 million in 2018.
 
 
 
 
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