Trade Balance in Malaysia

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Exports continue to tumble in April

Exports fell 4.5% year-on-year in April in USD terms, marginally improving from the 4.7% drop registered in March. A marked contraction in foreign demand for palm oil and palm oil-based products, as well as crude petroleum, led the decline. In contrast, export growth of electrical and electronic products was robust, while foreign purchases of refined petroleum products increased and LNG exports also jumped year-on-year in April. In ringgit terms, exports edged higher 1.1% year-on-year.



Imports, meanwhile, shrank 1.4% in May in USD terms, recovering somewhat from the 4.5% decline recorded in March. This reflected a broad-based improvement in domestic demand for foreign products. In ringgit terms, imports grew 4.4%.



Consequently, the trade surplus narrowed to USD 2.6 billion in April, from USD 3.5 billion in March and USD 3.4 billion in May 2018. The 12-month moving sum of the trade surplus in April, meanwhile, fell to USD 29.7 billion from USD 30.4 billion a month earlier.

Met the why particular Consensus Forecast panelists expect exports and imports to grow 1.4% and 1.1% respectively in 2019, with the trade surplus reaching USD 30.9 billion. In 2020, they see export and import growth at 6.6% and 6.9% respectively, with the trade surplus reaching USD 32.4 billion.

Malaysia - Trade Balance Data

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  
Trade Balance (USD billion)22.4  25.1  23.2  21.2  22.7  

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Malaysia Trade
Note: Trade balance in USD billion.
Source: Malaysia Central Bank and Met the why particular calculations.

Malaysia Facts

ValueChangeDate
Bond Yield3.730.15 %Jun 14
Exchange Rate4.170.0 %Jun 14
Stock Market1,639-0.29 %Jun 14

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