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External Trade 1st Quarter 2016

External Merchandise Trade

 First quarter 2016

Exports
 
Total exports for the first quarter of 2016 amounted to Rs 21,158 million, 5.9% less compared to the corresponding quarter of 2015. This drop is mainly explained by decreases of 57.7%  in the re-exports of “Telecommunication equipment and accessories” and 21.1% in the exports of   “Ship’s stores and bunkers”, partly offset by  increases of 10.7% in the exports of  “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” and 8.6% in “Food and live animals”.
 
Exports of Export Oriented Enterprises (EOE) declined by 4.8% to Rs 10,528 million.  
 
Exports to our main buyers dropped for U.A.E (-70.3%), United Kingdom (-2.9%) and Madagascar (-1.2%) but rose for Italy (+37.8%), South Africa (+26.5%), France (+14.0%) and U.S.A (+4.4%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total exports for the first quarter of 2016 fell by 6.1%. This decline is mainly due to  decreases of  26.8% in the exports of  “Ship’s stores and bunkers”, 20% in “ Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material” and 15.3%  in  “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” respectively, partly offset by an increase of 120.1%  in Machinery and transport equipment.
 
Decreases were registered in exports to South Africa (-22.3%), U.S.A (-14.8%), France (-10.9%), Italy (-3.2%) and United Kingdom (-1.7%) while exports to U.A.E increased by 90.6%.
 
Imports
 
Total imports dropped by 3.8% from Rs 38,899 million in the first quarter of 2015 to Rs 37,433 million in the first quarter of 2016. Decreases were noted in the imports of “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (-26.2%), “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (-12.4%) and “Machinery and transport equipment” (-5.5%), partly offset by increases in the imports of “Crude materials, inedible, excluding fuels” (+28.0%), “Food and live animals” (+13.0%), and “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (+6.8%)”.
 
Imports from our main suppliers fell for India (-15.6%) and China (-13.7%) but rose for France (+17.7%) and South Africa (+7.5%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total imports for the first quarter of 2016 fell by 15.6%.  Decreases were registered in imports of “Miscellaneous manufactured articles” (-34.2%), “Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products” (-25.2%), “Crude materials, inedible, excluding fuels” (-21.0%), “Manufactured goods classified chiefly by materials” (-20.0%), “Chemicals & related products”      (-15.8%) and “Food and live animals” (-13.2%).
 
Imports from our main suppliers decreased for India (-23.3%), China (-23.2%), South Africa   (-10.1%) and France (-8.5%) respectively but increased for Vietnam (+115.6%) and Germany (+3.0%).
 
Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the first quarter of 2016 works out to Rs 16,275 million, 0.9% lower than the deficit of Rs 16,415 million for the corresponding quarter of 2015. Compared to the previous quarter, the deficit was lower by 25.4%.  
 
Forecast 2016
 
  Based on quarterly 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. 
 
May 2016
 
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