Malaysia Balance of Trade  1970-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Malaysia posted a MYR 7.6 billion trade surplus in September of 2016, compared to a MYR 9.7 billion surplus a year earlier and missing market estimates of a MYR 9.0 billion surplus, as exports fell more than imports. Year-on-year, sales declined by 3.0 percent to MYR 68.0 billion, following a 1.5 percent increase in Augus while market estimated a 1.9 percent drop. Imports fell 0.1 percent to MYR 60.5 billion, compared to a 4.9 percent growth in the preceding month and consensus of a 0.9 percent fall. In August 2016, trade surplus stood at MYR 8.5 billion. Balance of Trade in Malaysia averaged 3130.43 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)
2016-09-07 04:00 AM Jul MYR1.9B MYR5.5B MYR 4.3B MYR 1.3B
2016-10-07 04:00 AM Aug MYR8.5B MYR1.9B MYR7B MYR9.2B
2016-11-04 04:00 AM Sep MYR7.6B MYR8.5B MYR9B MYR10.8B
2016-12-07 04:00 AM Oct MYR7.6B MYR9.2B
2017-01-07 04:00 AM Nov
2017-02-05 04:00 AM Dec




Malaysia Trade Surplus Narrows in September


Malaysia posted a MYR 7.6 billion trade surplus in September of 2016, compared to a MYR 9.7 billion surplus a year earlier and missing market estimates of a MYR 9.0 billion surplus, as exports fell more than imports.

Year-on-year, sales declined by 3.0 percent to MYR 68.0 billion, following a 1.5 percent increase in August while market estimated a 1.9 percent drop. Sales decreased for: crude petroleum (-26.8 percent to MYR 1.8 billion, 2.7 percent share), LNG (-20.0 percent to MYR 2.7 billion, 3.9 percent share), timber and timber based products (-11.5 percent) and natural rubber (-17.8 percent). In contrast, outbound shipments increased for: refined petroleum products (+5.5 percent to MYR 4.9 billion, 7.2 percent share), palm oil and palm based products (+6.3 percent to MYR 4.6 billion, 6.7 percent share) and electrical & electronic products (+0.3 percent to MYR 26.2 billion, 38.5 percent share).

Exports rose to the US (+5.0 percent to MYR 6.9 billion) and Singapore (+6.3 percent to MYR 10.4 billion). In contrast, sales dropped to China (-1.0 percent to MYR 9.0 billion), Japan (-11.7 percent to MYR 5.4 billion) and Thailand (-2.6 percent to MYR 3.6 billion).

Imports fell 0.1 percent to MYR 60.5 billion, compared to a 4.9 percent growth in the preceding month and less than consensus of a 0.9 percent fall. Purchases went down for: capital goods (-5.6 percent, due to both capital goods except for transport equipment: -9.8 percent) and consumption goods  (-4.8 percent, due to food & beverages processed, mainly for household: -12.7 percent and semi-durables: -5.1 percent). In contrast, inbound shipments rose 6.2 percent for intermediate goods, largely due to industrial supplies, processed: +13.4 percent) and fuel & lubricants, primary: +159.8 percent).

In August 2016, trade surplus stood at MYR 8.5 billion.

Statistics Malaysia l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
11/4/2016 4:59:50 AM



Malaysia Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 7600.00 8500.00 15767.47 -2880.61 MYR Million [+]
Exports 68032.30 67579.30 75810.20 328.10 MYR Million [+]
Imports 60500.00 59100.00 63903.70 313.60 MYR Million [+]
Current Account 5998.00 1884.00 39982.00 978.00 MYR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP 3.00 4.40 17.10 -13.20 percent [+]
External Debt 865283.00 848242.00 865283.00 9063.00 MYR Million [+]
Terms of Trade 96.30 95.40 117.20 92.50 Index Points [+]
Tourism Revenues 69119.60 71998.80 71998.80 8580.50 MYR Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 2282173.00 2296615.00 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 -6317.26 9613.74 51408.25 -71566.30 MYR Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 6545.00 8800.00 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 December of 2016.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
7600.00 8500.00 15767.47 -2880.61 1970 - 2016 MYR Million Monthly



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