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  Advance Releases on External Trade Statistics

    Monthly Review of External Trade Statistics of March 2004

  Exports
1 According to the provisional figures compiled by the Federal Bureau of Statistics, exports from Pakistan during March, 2004 amounted to Rs.58,656 million (Provisional) as against Rs.51,981 million in February, 2004 and Rs.54,141 million during March, 2003 showing an increase of 12.84% over February, 2004 and of 8.34% over March, 2003.
2  In terms of US dollars the exports increased by 12.67% in March, 2004 $ 1,021,005 thousands (Provisional) when compared with February, 2004 $ 906,219 thousands and by 9.13% as compared to March, 2003 $ 935,609 thousands.
3 Exports during July-March, 2003-2004 totalled Rs.512,236 million (provisional) as against Rs.461,479 million during the corresponding period of last year showing an increase of 11.00%.
4 In terms of US dollars the exports during July-March, 2003-2004 totalled $ 8,902,236 thousands (provisional) as against $ 7,856,038 thousands during the corresponding period of last year showing an increase of 13.32%.
5 Main commodities of exports during March, 2004 were Cotton cloth (Rs.8,829 million), Bedwear (Rs.7,011 million), Cotton yarn (Rs.6,211 million), Knitwear (Rs.6,190 million), Readymade garments (Rs.4,090 million), Towels (Rs.1,983 million), Made up articles (incl. other textile) (Rs.1,978 million), Rice basmati (Rs.1,886 million), Art, silk & synthetic textile (Rs.1,586 million) and Carpets, rugs & mats (Rs.1,085 million).
6 The increase(+) / decrease(-) recorded in main commodities exported during March, 2004 over February, 2004 and March, 2003 is given below:-

Sr. No. Commodities

      % Change for value in million Rupees in
March, 2004 over

  February, 2004 March, 2003
1 Cotton cloth 10.09 25.95
2 Bed wear 15.58 12.68
3 Cotton yarn 4.99 27.48
4 Knitwear 15.01 23.85
5 Readymade garments -3.36 -18.07
6 Towels 26.63 -0.10
7 Made-up articles (incl. other textiles) 30.82 13.42
8 Rice Basmati 13.68 -14.62
9 Art, silk & synthetic textiles 5.95 -41.56
10 Carpets, rugs & mats 26.31 -4.49

  Imports

7.
Imports into Pakistan during March, 2004 amounted to Rs.81,162 million (provisional) as against Rs.65,356 million in February, 2004 and Rs.73,522 million during March, 2003 showing an increase of 24.18% over February, 2004 and of 10.39% over March, 2003.
8. In terms of US dollars the imports increased by 23.99% in March, 2004 $ 1,412,751 thousands (provisional) as compared to February, 2004 $ 1,139,393 thousands and by 11.20% as compared to March, 2003 $.1,270,516 thousands.
 
9. Imports during July-March, 2003-2004 totalled Rs.604,149 million (provisional) as against Rs.530,125 million during the corresponding period of last year showing an increase of 13.96%.
 
10. In terms of US dollars the imports during July-March, 2003-2004 totalled $ 10,502,113 thousands (provisional) as against $ 9,029,849 thousands during the corresponding period of last year showing an increase of 16.30%.
11. Main commodities of imports during March, 2004 were Petroleum crude (Rs.7,674 million), Petroleum products (Rs.6,874 million), Road motor vehicles (Rs.2,960 million), Iron & steel (Rs.2,645 million), Plastic materials (Rs.2,570 million), Palm oil (Rs.2,331 million), Textile machinery (Rs.2,304 million), Electrical machinery &: apparatus (Rs.1,240), Medicinal products (Rs.1,239 million ) and Tea (Rs.1,088 million).
 
12. The increase(+) / decrease(-) recorded in main commodities imported during March, 2004 over February, 2004 and March, 2003 is given below:-

Sr. No. Commodities
    %Change for value in million Rupees in
 March, 2004 over
February, 2004 March, 2003
1 Petroleum crude -9.80 -17.33
2 Petroleum products 11.75 -42.53
3 Road motor vehicles 15.76 21.46
4 Iron & steel 87.59 11.70
5 Plastic materials 6.29 16.45
6 Palm oil -9.48 -26.51
7 Textile machinery 17.31 -24.78
8 Electrical machinery & apparatus 30.80 46.92
9 Medicinal products 17.44 0.41
10 Tea 25.78 -2.33

  Balance of Trade

13.

Based on the provisional figures of imports and exports the balance of trade in March, 2004 was (-)22,506 million in terms of Rupees and (-)391,746 thousands in US dollars. The balance of trade figures cumulative from July- March,2003-2004 were (-) 91,913 million in terms of Rupees and
(-) 1,599,877 thousand in US dollars.





 
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