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Trade gap widens 70pc to $35.4bn in nine months

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ISLAMABAD: The country’s trade deficit widened 70 per cent year-on-year to $35.4 billion during the nine months through March as imports near $60bn, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics data showed on Monday.

The trade deficit has been on the rise for nine consecutive months owing to an unprecedented increase in imports while exports stagnated at around $2.5bn to $2.8bn a month, mostly those of semi-finished products and raw materials.

In March, the trade deficit came in at $3.45bn, growing by around 12pc over February and by 5.5pc compared to March 2021.

The trade deficit reached an all-time high of $37.7bn in the 2017-18 fiscal year. However, the government’s measures led to a drop in it to $31.8bn the next year (2018-19) and then a further decline to $23.2bn in 2019-20.

However, the trend then reversed and the trade gap jumped to $30.8bn in the 2020-21 fiscal year and is expected to reach an all-time high during the ongoing fiscal year.

In March, trade deficit rose 12pc MoM to $3.45bn
Imports

During the first nine months (July to March) of this fiscal year, the import bill rose 49pc to $58.7bn. In March alone, the import bill edged up to $6.2bn from $5.6bn over the same month last year, reflecting an increase of 10pc. On a month-on-month basis, the imports fell by 2.8pc in March.

A major initiative of the government to encourage raw material imports also pushed up the import bill. Rising global oil prices and its high demand at home also pushed up the bill. A surge was also noted in the import of vehicles, machinery and vaccines. The government is also importing wheat and sugar and costly palm oil.

In the 2020-21 fiscal year, the import bill surged 26pc to $56bn from $44.6bn a year ago.

Exports

In July-March, exports jumped 25pc to reach $23.3bn. In March, exports grew 16pc to $2.74bn from $2.36bn in the same month last year. On a month-on-month basis, exports increased by 4.7pc in March.

Export proceeds went up by 18pc to $25.3bn in 2020-21 from $21.4bn over the last year.

 

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ISLAMABAD: The country’s trade deficit widened 70 per cent year-on-year to $35.4 billion during the nine months through March as imports near $60bn, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics data showed on Monday.

The trade deficit has been on the rise for nine consecutive months owing to an unprecedented increase in imports while exports stagnated at around $2.5bn to $2.8bn a month, mostly those of semi-finished products and raw materials.

In March, the trade deficit came in at $3.45bn, growing by around 12pc over February and by 5.5pc compared to March 2021.

The trade deficit reached an all-time high of $37.7bn in the 2017-18 fiscal year. However, the government’s measures led to a drop in it to $31.8bn the next year (2018-19) and then a further decline to $23.2bn in 2019-20.

However, the trend then reversed and the trade gap jumped to $30.8bn in the 2020-21 fiscal year and is expected to reach an all-time high during the ongoing fiscal year.


Imports

During the first nine months (July to March) of this fiscal year, the import bill rose 49pc to $58.7bn. In March alone, the import bill edged up to $6.2bn from $5.6bn over the same month last year, reflecting an increase of 10pc. On a month-on-month basis, the imports fell by 2.8pc in March.

A major initiative of the government to encourage raw material imports also pushed up the import bill. Rising global oil prices and its high demand at home also pushed up the bill. A surge was also noted in the import of vehicles, machinery and vaccines. The government is also importing wheat and sugar and costly palm oil.

In the 2020-21 fiscal year, the import bill surged 26pc to $56bn from $44.6bn a year ago.

Exports

In July-March, exports jumped 25pc to reach $23.3bn. In March, exports grew 16pc to $2.74bn from $2.36bn in the same month last year. On a month-on-month basis, exports increased by 4.7pc in March.

Export proceeds went up by 18pc to $25.3bn in 2020-21 from $21.4bn over the last year.

25% impressive growth

This means once oil prices come down and they will the CAD will be massively positive


Unfortuantely we havent had time to create a buffer that we should have over decades

I hope shahbaz sharif once elected PM keeps the export running high and dams building for low power prices

People in KPK should be ready for drone attacks... it is what it is i guess
 

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People in KPK should be ready for drone attacks... it is what it is i guess
WTF sick kind of logic is this. What we need is to remove subsidies on imports. Create secure economic zones. Focus on our engineers, scientists. Focus on technology base economy instead of agriculture base.
Industry academia collaboration is a must.
100% job security to grads from unis. Abolish "tanzeems" in public university and take strict action against any body who try to revive these unions.
Incentivize startups, reduce red tapes, provide security, give respect.
We have so much manpower and so skilled labor that developed countries use them. Japan is a tiny country with little to no natural resources and yet their exports are literally 30 times more than Pakistan.
 

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