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External Trade - 4th Quarter 2016

 
External Merchandise Trade

4th quarter 2016

 
 
Exports
 
Total exports for the fourth quarter of 2016 amounted to Rs 20,906 million, 6.5% less compared to the corresponding quarter of 2015. This is mainly explained by decreases in exports of “Machinery and transport equipment” (-21.3%), “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (-18.2%) and “Ship’s stores & bunkers” (-10.3%), partly offset by an increase in export of “Food and live animals” (+19.2%).
 
Exports of Export Oriented Enterprises (EOE) declined by 5.7% to Rs 11,198 million.  
 
Exports to our main buyers dropped for U.A.E (-67.9%), South Africa (-33.7%), Madagascar (-7.6%), Italy (-6.4%) and United Kingdom (-4.8) but rose for Spain (+13.8) and France (+8.5%).
Compared to the previous quarter, total exports for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased by 0.5%. This is mainly explained by increases in the exports of “Food and live animals” (+16.0%), “Ships’ stores & bunkers” (+8.3%) and “Manufactured goods classified by material” (+3.0%), partly offset by decreases in exports of “Machinery and transport equipment” (-55.8%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (-5.3%).
 
Increases were registered in exports to Italy (+50.1%), France (+18.8%), United Kingdom (+4.3%) while decreases were noted for U.A.E (-52.4%), Spain (-21.7%), South Africa (-9.1%), USA (-7.3%) and Madagascar (-5.5%).
 
Imports
Total imports rose by 3.6% from Rs 44,352 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 to Rs 45,934 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Increases were noted in imports of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (+20.1%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+8.1%), partly offset by decreases in the imports of “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (-11.1%) and “Food and live animals” (-2.3%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers rose for Japan (+24.2%), Germany (+23.2%), South Africa (+17.5%), India (+8.6%) and France (+3.9%) but fell for Australia (-14.3%), Italy (-13.6%), United Kingdom (-12.1%) and China (-2.1%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total imports for the fourth quarter of 2016 rose by 9.7%.  Increases were registered in imports of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (+42.5%), “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+30.7%), “Beverages and tobacco” (+21.8%) and “Machinery and transport equipment” (+12.9%), partly offset by decreases in “Food and live animals” (-5.6%), Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (-2.5%) and “Chemicals & related products” (-0.8%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers increased for India (+22.1%), Australia (+19.3%), Italy (+17.7%), Japan (11.6%), China (8.6%) and South Africa (+7.3%) but decreased for United Kingdom (-2.5%) and Germany (-1.0%).
 
Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the fourth quarter of 2016 works out to Rs 25,028 million, 13.7% higher than the deficit of Rs 22,003 million for the corresponding quarter of 2015. Compared to the previous quarter, the deficit was higher by 18.6%.  
 
Forecast 2017
Based on recent past trends and indicative information from various sources, total exports for the year 2017 are expected to be around Rs 87,000 million against Rs 181,000 million for imports. Consequently, the trade deficit would be around Rs 94,000 million. 
 

 

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 February 2017