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

Malaysia posted a MYR 9.0 billion trade surplus in November of 2016, narrowing from a MYR 10.2 billion surplus a year earlier while market expected a MYR 10.1 billion surplus, as imports rose more than exports. Year-on-year sales increased by 8.0 percent to MYR 72.8 billion, rebounding from a 8.6 percent drop in October. Imports went up 11.2 percent to MYR 63.8 billion, compared to a 6.6 percent drop in the preceding month and much higher than market expectations of a 3.0 percent growth. In October 2016, trade surplus stood at MYR 9.8 billion. Balance of Trade in Malaysia averaged 3152.62 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)
2016-11-04 04:00 AM Sep MYR7.6B MYR8.5B MYR9B MYR10.8B
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 04:00 AM Dec MYR9.03B
2017-03-03 04:00 AM Jan
2017-04-05 04:00 AM Feb




Malaysia Trade Surplus Below Consensus in November


Malaysia posted a MYR 9.0 billion trade surplus in November of 2016, narrowing from a MYR 10.2 billion surplus a year earlier while market expected a MYR 10.1 billion surplus, as imports rose more than exports.

Year-on-year sales increased by 8.0 percent to MYR 72.8 billion, rebounding from a 8.6 percent drop in October and beating market consensus of a 1.4 percent gain. It was the first rise since August, as sales went up for: electrical & electronic products (+13.2 percent to MYR 26.2 billion, 35.9 percent of total exports), palm oil and palm based products (+24.3 percent to MYR 6.6 billion, 9.1 percent share), natural rubber (+27.6 percent to MYR 332.1 million, 0.5 percent share), timber and timber-based products (+2.1 percent to MYR 1.9 billion, 2.6 percent share) and refined petroleum products (+0.1 percent to MYR 4.4 billion, 6.0 percent share). In contrast, outbound shipments fell for: LNG (-21.3 percent to MYR 3.1 billion, 4.3 percent share) and crude petroleum (+6.1 percent to MYR 2.5 billion, 3.4 percent share).

Exports increased to China (+11.2 percent), the US (+9.8 percent) and Singapore (+15.4 percent). In contrast, sales was down to Japan (-1.5 percent) and Thailand (-0.6 percent).

Imports went up 11.2 percent to MYR 63.8 billion, compared to a 6.6 percent drop in the preceding month and much higher than market expectations of a 3.0 percent growth. It was the first increase in three months, as purchases went up for all categories: intermediate goods (+11.3 percent, due to industrial supplies, processed: +20.9 percent, fuel & lubricants, processed, others: +58.8 percent and fuel & lubricants, primary: +86.3 percent), capital goods (+13.1 percent, due to an increase in both capital goods except for transport equipment: +10.0 percent) and transport equipment, industrial (+42.0 percent) and consumption goods  (+5.4 percent, due to an increase in non-durables: +17.6 percent and semi-durables: +5.9 percent).

In October 2016, trade surplus stood at MYR 9.8 billion.


Statistics Malaysia l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
1/6/2017 11:28:41 AM



Malaysia Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 9030.00 9756.67 15767.47 -2880.61 MYR Million [+]
Exports 72800.00 69195.70 75810.20 328.10 MYR Million [+]
Imports 63800.00 59400.00 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 96.50 96.90 117.20 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 -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 January of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
9030.00 9756.67 15767.47 -2880.61 1970 - 2016 MYR Million Monthly



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