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External Trade 4th Quarter 2015

 Highlights

 Exports

Total exports for the fourth quarter of 2015 amounted to Rs 22,529 million, 8.4% less compared to the corresponding quarter of 2014. This drop is mainly explained by a decrease of 84.8% in the re-exports of “Telecommunication equipment and accessories” and 41.3% in the exports of “Ship’s stores and bunkers”, partly offset by increases of 21.6% and 14.9% in the exports of “Chemicals and related products” and “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” respectively. Exports of Export Oriented Enterprises (EOE) declined by 0.4% to Rs 11,888 million. Exports to our main buyers dropped for U.A.E (-80.7%) and United Kingdom (-11.3%) but rose for South Africa (+45.6%), France (+9.0%) and U.S.A (+7.6%).

 
Compared to the previous quarter, total exports for the fourth quarter of 2015 fell by 6.3%. This decline is mainly due to a decrease in the re-exports of “Telecommunication equipment and accessories” (-78.3%), partly offset by increases in the exports of “Chemicals & related products” (+28.5%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (+1.7%). Decreases were registered in exports to U.A.E (-74.0%), U.S.A (-10.1%) and United Kingdom (-9.8%) while increases were noted for France (+16.8%) and South Africa (+3.0%).
 
Imports
 
Total imports dropped by 9.3% from Rs 48,902 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 to Rs 44,350 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Decreases were noted in the imports of “Animal & vegetable oils and fats”(-36.0%), “Machinery and transport equipment”(-26.2%), “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (-18.0%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles”(-5.3%)”, partly offset by increases in the imports of “Crude materials, inedible, excluding fuels” (+22.0%), “ Beverages & tobacco” (+16.9%) and “Food and live animals” (+4.8%). Imports from our main suppliers fell for India (-25.2%), China (-7.3%), South Africa (-3.9%) and France (-1.7%) but rose for United Kingdom (+27.4%), Italy (+20.9%) and Japan (+11.3%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total imports for the fourth quarter of 2015 rose by 5.7%.  Increases were registered in imports of “Crude materials, inedible, excluding fuels” (+38.4%), “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+23.9%),  “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (+7.4%), “Food and live animals” (+6.0%) and “Machinery and transport equipment” (+5.5%) while decreases  were registered in imports of “Animal & vegetable oils and fats” (-36.4%) and “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (-3.0%). Imports from our main suppliers rose by 14.6% for India, 12.8% for China, 2.4% for France and 1.5% for South Africa while those from Vietnam and Spain fell by 59.0% and 23.9% respectively.
 
Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the fourth quarter of 2015 works out to Rs 21,821 million, 10.2% lower than the deficit of Rs 24,303 million for the corresponding quarter of 2014. Compared to the previous quarter, the deficit was higher by 21.6%.  
 
Forecast 2016
 
 Based on recent past trends and indicative information from various sources, total exports for the year 2016 are expected to be around Rs 95,000 million against Rs 171,000 million for imports. Consequently, the trade deficit would be around Rs 76,000 million. 
 

 

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