Trade deficit widens, exceeds $1.47 bln in 2019-2020FY H1


Myanmar’s trade gap is significantly increased in the half of the current financial year to more than US$1.47 billion from $383 million registered in the corresponding period of the 2018-2019FY, according to the data provided by the Ministry of Commerce.
Between 1 October and 3 April in the current fiscal, Myanmar’s external trade has been increased to over $20.3 billion from $17.67 billion recorded in the year-ago period.
While exports were estimated at $9.4 billion, imports were valued at $10.9 billion. Compared to the previous fiscal, exports showed an increase of $784 million, while imports climbed up by $1.87 billion.
Myanmar exports agricultural products, animal products, minerals, forest products, and finished industrial goods, while it imports capital goods, intermediate goods, CMP raw materials, and consumer goods.
The country’s export sector relies more on the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. While export earnings from the CMP (cut, make, and pack) garment businesses are rising, the country’s reliance on natural resources, such as natural gas and jade, is lessening.
The government is trying to cut the trade deficit by screening luxury import items and boosting exports.
Myanmar’s trade deficit was pegged at $1.14 billion in the 2018-2019 fiscal year, $1.3 billion in the previous mini-budget period (April-September, 2018), $3.9 billion in the 2017-2018FY, $5.3 billion in the 2016-2017FY, and $5.4 billion in the 2015-2016FY, according to statistics released by the Central Statistical Organization. —Mon Mon (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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