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External Trade - 2nd Quarter 2017

Highlights
Exports
 
Total exports for the second quarter of 2017 amounted to Rs 20,348 million, 4.0% less compared to the corresponding quarter of 2016. This drop is mainly explained by decreases in exports of “Machinery and transport equipment” (-50.0%), “Miscellaneous manufactured goods”(-13.9%) and “Manufactured goods classified by material” (-6.5%), partly offset by increases in exports of “Ship’s stores & bunkers” (+65.6%) and “Food and live animals” (+5.6%).
 
Exports of Export Oriented Enterprises (EOE) declined by 4.7% to Rs 11,149 million.  
 
Exports to our main buyers dropped for Madagascar (-23.2%), USA (-11.2%), France (-10.1%) and UK (-7.1%) but rose for Italy (+24.4%), South Africa (+15.5%) and Spain (+6.4%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total exports for the second quarter of 2017 rose by 3.4%. This rise is mainly due to increases in exports of “Chemicals and related products” (+31.2%), “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (+15.6%) and “Manufactured goods classified by material” (+8.8%), partly offset by decreases in the exports of “Machinery and transport equipment” (-22.1%), and “Food and live animals” (-2.6%).
 
Increases were registered in exports to Italy (+32.2%), Netherlands (+30.2%), Spain (+19.7%), South Africa (+16.9%), UK (+10.3%) and Madagascar (+9.4%), while exports to USA decreased by 10.2%.
 
Imports
 
Total imports rose by 10.4% from Rs 40,180 million in the second quarter of 2016 to Rs 44,347 million in the second quarter of 2017. Increases were noted in imports of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (+30.5%), “Food and live animals” (+10.3%), “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (+6.2%), “Machinery and transport equipment” (+5.1%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+2.7%), partly offset by a decrease in the imports of “Beverages and tobacco” (-15.8%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers rose for South Africa (+30.1%), France (+11.0%), India (+8.1%) and China (+6.1%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total imports for the second quarter of 2017 rose by 7.7%.  Increases were registered in imports of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+31.2%), “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (+23.0%), “Chemicals & related products” (+18.2%) and “Machinery and transport equipment” (+9.0%), partly offset by decreases in imports of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (-15.8%) and “Food and live animals” (-1.5%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers increased for China (+46.8%), South Africa (+27.2%) and France (+12.1%) but decreased for India (-2.2%).
 
Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the second quarter of 2017 works out to Rs 23,999 million, 26.5% higher than the deficit of Rs 18,975 million for the corresponding quarter of 2016. Compared to the previous quarter, the deficit was higher by 11.6%.  
 
Forecast 2017
 
Based on quarterly trends and indicative information from various sources, total exports for the year 2017 are expected to be around Rs 84,000 million against Rs 178,000 million for imports. Consequently, the trade deficit would be around Rs 94,000 million. 
 
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August 2017