Trade Deficit Widens by 9% to $17.30 Billion

Pakistan’s trade deficit has swelled to $17.30 billion in the first eight months (July 2020 to February 2021) of the current fiscal year FY21) as imports exceeded more than the exports.

The country’s trade imbalance was recorded at $17.30 billion in July to February period of the FY2020-21 as compared to $15.87 billion in the corresponding period of the previous year, showing an increase of 9 percent.

According to the provisional data released by the Ministry of Commerce (MoC), imports from July 2020 to February 2021 of the financial year 2021 (FY21) were increased by $2.085 billion to $33.6 billion as compared to $31.51 billion in the same period in the last FY.

This was revealed by the Adviser to the Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood through his Twitter account.



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“The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has conducted a preliminary analysis of this increase in import”, the adviser wrote, adding “It has transpired that most of this growth came from an increase in import of Raw Material & Intermediate Goods, which increased by 7.8 percent. The import of Capital Goods declined by 0.2 percent, while that of Consumer Goods decreased by 7.3 percent”.


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He said that this increase shows that the ‘Make-in-Pakistan Policy’ of the MoC is delivering dividends, and the industrial activity in the country is increasing.

“The import bill this year also increased because we had to import Wheat and Sugar to stabilize the market prices. Cotton was also imported to help the Export-oriented industry so that the exports are not hampered,” he said.

During the time period in concern, the import of wheat was $909 million, sugar $126 million, and cotton $913 million, totaling up to $1,948 million.

  • The luxury items for use by rich of Pakistan should be banned completely including SUVs, luxury cars, items at supermarkets, home and living items etc. If they want imported items, they should purchase them with dollars that they earned abroad. The common man has to suffer the most due to this trade deficit despite having least reliance on imported items.

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