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External Trade - 2nd Quarter 2018

Highlights
 
 
Exports
 
 
Total exports for the second quarter of 2018 amounted to Rs 20,238 million, 0.5% lower compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017.   This is mainly explained by decreases in exports of  “Food and live animals” (-15.4%), partly offset by increases in “Ship’ stores & bunkers” (+43.0%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (+3.7%). Compared to the previous quarter, total exports for the second quarter of 2018 increased by 11.8%. This is mainly explained by increases in the exports of “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (+17.3%) and “Food and live animals” (+7.1%), partly offset by decrease in the exports of “Chemicals and related products, n.e.s” (-7.7%).
 
 
 
Imports
 
Total imports increased by 8.3% from Rs 44,347 million in the second quarter of 2017 to Rs 48,027 million in the second quarter of 2018. This is mainly due to increases in imports of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+34.0%), and “Machinery and transport equipment” (+4.9%), partly offset by decrease in the imports of “Food and live animals” (-1.0%). Compared to the previous quarter, total imports for the second quarter of 2018 increased by 22.6%.  This is mainly due to increases in imports of “Machinery and transport equipment” (+32.4%) and “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+3.2%).
 
 
Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the second quarter of 2018 works out to Rs 27,789 million, 15.8% higher than the deficit of Rs 23,999 million for the corresponding quarter of 2017. Compared to the previous quarter, the deficit was higher by 32.0%.  
 
Forecast 2018
 
Based on recent past trends and information from various sources, the forecast of total exports and imports for the year 2018 is maintained at around Rs 84,000 million and Rs 193,000 million respectively. Trade deficit for 2018 is therefore expected to remain at Rs 109,000 million. 
 
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August 2018