Malaysia Balance of Trade  1970-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Malaysia reported a MYR 8.72 billion trade surplus in December of 2016, compared to a MYR 8.25 billion surplus a year earlier while market expected a MYR 9.30 billion surplus. It was the smallest surplus since September, as imports rose more than exports. Year-on-year sales increased by 10.7 percent to MYR 75.6 billion, following a 7.8 percent rise in November and above market consensus of a 9.4 percent growth. Imports went up 11.5 percent to MYR 66.8 billion, compared to a 11.2 percent growth in the preceding month and higher than market expectations of a 9.0 percent increase. In November 2016, trade surplus stood at MYR 9.03 billion. Balance of Trade in Malaysia averaged 3162.49 MYR Million from 1970 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 15767.47 MYR Million in May of 2008 and a record low of -2880.61 MYR Million in June of 1997.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-12-07 04:00 AM Oct MYR9.8B MYR7.6B MYR8.1B MYR9.2B
2017-01-06 04:00 AM Nov MYR9.03B MYR9.8B MYR10.10B
2017-02-08 07:00 AM Dec MYR8.72B MYR9.03B MYR9.3B MYR8.2B
2017-03-03 04:00 AM Jan MYR8.72B
2017-04-05 04:00 AM Feb
2017-05-05 04:00 AM Mar




Malaysia Trade Surplus Narrows To 3-Month Low


Malaysia reported a MYR 8.72 billion trade surplus in December of 2016, compared to a MYR 8.25 billion surplus a year earlier while market expected a MYR 9.30 billion surplus. It was the smallest surplus since September, as imports rose more than exports.

Year-on-year sales increased by 10.7 percent to MYR 75.6 billion, following a 7.8  percent rise in November and above market consensus of a 9.4 percent growth. It was the second straight month of, as sales went up for: electrical & electronic products (9.0 percent to MYR 27.0 billion, 35.8 percent of total exports), palm oil and palm based products (+24.5 percent to MYR 6.4 billion, 8.5 percent share), crude petroleum (15.9 percent to MYR 2.5 billion, 3.3 percent share), natural rubber (39.0 percent to MYR 426.9 million, 0.6 percent share) and timber and timber-based products (4.5 percent to MYR 2.1 billion, 2.7 percent share). In contrast, outbound shipments fell slightly for LNG (-0.5 percent to MYR 3.8 billion, 5.0 percent share).

Exports increased to China (22.2 percent), the US (+1.7 percent) and the EU countries (5.8 percent).

Imports went up 11.5 percent to MYR 66.8 billion, compared to a 11.2 percent growth in the preceding month and higher than market expectations of a 9.0 percent increase. It was also the second consecutive month of rise, as purchases went up for all categories: intermediate goods (9.8 percent, due to industrial supplies, processed: 14.2 percent; parts & accessories of capital goods except transport equipment: 8.1 percent and fuel & lubricants, processed, others: +58.8 percent and fuel & lubricants, primary: 78.7 percent), capital goods (13.4 percent, due to an increase in capital goods except transport equipment: 13.8 percent) and consumption goods  (9.6 percent, due to an increase in food & beverages, primary, mainly for household consumption: 15.6 percent and durables: 15.6 percent).

In November 2016, trade surplus stood at MYR 9.03 billion. 

Statistics malaysia l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
2/8/2017 7:37:39 AM



Malaysia Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 8720.00 9030.00 15767.47 -2880.61 MYR Million [+]
Exports 75600.00 72800.00 75810.20 328.10 MYR Million [+]
Imports 66800.00 63800.00 66800.00 313.60 MYR Million [+]
Current Account 12200.00 5998.00 39982.00 978.00 MYR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP 1.30 3.10 17.10 -13.20 percent [+]
External Debt 908704.13 865283.00 908704.13 9063.00 MYR Million [+]
Terms of Trade 97.10 96.50 117.20 92.50 Index Points [+]
Tourism Revenues 69119.60 71998.80 71998.80 8580.50 MYR Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 2326487.00 2118367.00 2806565.00 459374.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 36.39 36.39 38.26 35.46 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 668.00 674.00 791.00 489.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 2.69 3.58 3.58 0.00 [+]
Capital Flows -13202.00 -6317.26 51408.25 -71566.30 MYR Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 10825.00 6545.00 37325.00 4590.00 MYR Million [+]



Malaysia Balance of Trade Notes

International trade plays a large role in Malaysian economy. Since 1998, Malaysia have been reporting consistent trade surpluses, mainly due to rise in exports of electrical and electronics products. In 2015, the biggest trade surpluses were recorded with Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and United States while the biggest trade deficits with China and Taiwan. . This page provides the latest reported value for - Malaysia Balance of Trade - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Malaysia Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
8720.00 9030.00 15767.47 -2880.61 1970 - 2016 MYR Million Monthly



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