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External Trade 3rd Quarter 2015

 External Merchandise Trade Statistics

3rd Quarter 2015
Highlights
                                                                                                        
1.      Exports
 
Total exports for the third quarter of 2015 amounted to Rs 24,763 million, 1.9% less compared to the corresponding quarter of 2014. This drop is mainly explained by a decrease of 36.7% in the re-exports of “Telecommunication equipment and accessories” and 33.9% in the exports of “Ship’s stores and bunkers”, partly offset by increases of 17.8% and 6.1% the exports of “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” and ”Manufactured goods classified by materials” respectively.  Exports of Export Oriented Enterprises (EOE) rose by 2.3% to Rs 12,986 million. Exports to our main buyers dropped for Italy (-22.7%), U.A.E (-22.1%) and France (-9.7%) but rose for South Africa (+34.0%), U.S.A (+9.6%) and United Kingdom (+9.6%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, total exports for the third quarter of 2015 fell by 1.8%. This decline is mainly due to decreases in the re-exports of “Telecommunication equipment and accessories” (-39.1%), exports of “Manufactured goods classified by materials” (-12.8%) and Ships’ stores & bunkers (-4.3%), partly offset by increases in the exports of “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” (+11.6%) and “Food & live animals” (+5.0%). Decreases were registered in exports to U.A.E (-31.9%) and France (-11.4%) but rose for South Africa (+44.0%).
 
2.      Imports
 
Total imports dropped by 7.8% from Rs 45,592 million in the third quarter of 2014 to Rs 42,020 million in the third quarter of 2015. Decreases were noted in the imports of “Refined petroleum products”(-40.4%) and “Telecommunication equipment and accessories” (-34.5%), while imports of “Miscellaneous manufactured goods” registered an increase (+5.7%). Imports from our main suppliers fell for India (-23.7%), South Africa (-10.3%) and France (-6.2%), but rose for United Kingdom (+26.4%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter, imports decreased by 1.9%, mainly due to lower imports of “Refined petroleum products” (-22.6%) and “Telecommunication equipment and accessories”    (-30.5%), partly offset by an increase in the imports of “Food and live animals” (+13.7%). Imports from our main suppliers dropped for India (-22.1%) and China (-4.8%) but rose for France (+7.2%) and South Africa (+5.5%).
 
3.      Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the third quarter of 2015 works out to Rs 17,257 million, 15.1% lower than the deficit of Rs 20,338 million for the corresponding quarter of 2014. Compared to the previous quarter, the deficit was down by 2.2%.  
  
4.      Forecast 2015
 
Based on data for the first nine months, total exports for the year 2015 are expected to be around  Rs 97,000 million, against Rs 176,000 million for imports. Consequently, the trade deficit would be around Rs 79,000 million.           
 
November 2015        
 
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