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External Trade - 4th Quarter 2017

Highlights
Exports
 
Total exports for the fourth quarter of 2017 amounted to Rs 20,171 million, 4.4% lower compared to the corresponding quarter of 2016. This is mainly explained by decreases in exports of “Food and live animals” (-20.8%), “Machinery and transport equipment” (-7.5%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (-4.8%), partly offset by increases in exports of “Ship’s stores and bunkers” (+36.3%) and “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+23.9%).
 
Exports of Export Oriented Enterprises (EOE) fell by 1.2% to Rs 10,902 million.  
 
Exports to our main buyers went up for Reunion (+33.2%), Spain (+16.5%) and South Africa (+5.8%) but dropped for Italy (-47.5%), France (-23.7%), Madagascar (-10.2%), UK (-9.1%) and USA (-6.4%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total exports for the fourth quarter of 2017 fell by 4.5%. This is mainly explained by decreases in the exports of “Machinery and transport equipment” (-39.3%), “Food and live animals” (-14.8%) and “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (-5.5%), partly offset by increases in exports of “Beverages and tobacco” (+64.7%), “Ship’s stores and bunkers” (+31.6%), “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (+28.5%) and “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+8.1%).
 
Increases were registered in exports to USA (+4.4%) and Madagascar (+3.4%) while exports to France, South Africa and UK decreased by 18.0%, 16.0% and 11.6% respectively.
 
Imports
 
Total imports rose by 13.0% from Rs 45,926 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 to Rs 51,918 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. This is mainly due to increases in imports of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (+19.2%), “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+19.0%) and “Food and live animals” (+17.0%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers rose for South Africa (+26.3%), France (+22.4%) and China (+15.0%) while those from Germany fell by 7.8%.
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total imports for the fourth quarter of 2017 went up by 19.7%.  This is mainly due to increases in imports of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+34.2%), “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (+28.8%), “Machinery and transport equipment” (+16.7%), “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” (+15.9%) and “Food and live animals” (+13.8%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers increased for China (+34.5%), India (+17.7%) and France (+12.8%) but decreased for UAE by 14.6%.
 
Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the fourth quarter of 2017 works out to Rs 31,747 million, 27.9% higher than the deficit of Rs 24,822 million for the corresponding quarter of 2016. Compared to the previous quarter, the deficit was higher by 42.6%.  
 
Forecast 2018
 
Based on recent past trends and information from various sources, total exports for the year 2018 is forecasted at around Rs 84,000 million and imports at Rs 190,000 million. Trade deficit for 2018 is therefore expected to be around Rs 106,000 million. 
 
 
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February 2018