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External Trade 3rd Quarter 2018

Highlights
 
Exports
 
Total exports for the third quarter of 2018 amounted to Rs 20,936 million, 2.1% higher compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017.   This is mainly explained by increases in exports of “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+21.7%) and “Ships’ stores & bunkers” (+73.9%) partly offset by decrease in exports of “Food and live animals” (-15.4%). Compared to the previous quarter, total exports for the third quarter of 2018 increased by 3.4%. This is mainly explained by increases in the exports of “Crude materials, inedible, except fuel” (+20.4%), “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+10.7%) and “Ships’ stores & bunkers” (+9.9%) partly offset by decrease in the exports of “Food and live animals” (-3.7%).
 
 
Imports
 
Total imports increased by 16.4% from Rs 43,353 million in the third quarter of 2017 to Rs 50,476 million in the third quarter of 2018. This is mainly due to increases in imports of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+43.5%), and “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+22.6%), partly offset by decrease in the imports of “Food and live animals” (-5.2%). Compared to the previous quarter, total imports for the third quarter of 2018 increased by 5.1%.  This is mainly due to increases in imports of “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+10.8%) and “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials” (+10.5%)
 
 
Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the third quarter of 2018 works out to Rs 29,540 million, 29.3% higher than the deficit of Rs 22,840 million for the corresponding quarter of 2017. Compared to the previous quarter, the deficit was higher by 6.3%.  
 
 
Forecast 2018
 
Based on recent past trends, available trade data for the first nine months of 2018 and information from various sources, total exports for 2018 is forecasted at around
Rs 82,000 million and imports at Rs 190,000 million instead of exports of Rs 84,000 million and imports of Rs 193,000 million as forecasted in August 2018. Trade deficit for 2018 is therefore expected to be around Rs 108,000 million instead of Rs 109,000 million as forecasted previously. 
 
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November 2018