KEY FACTS :
Total trade which was valued at RM155.4 billion increased RM16.3 billion or 11.7% from a year ago. It also posted a growth of RM1.2 billion or 0.8% when compared to the previous month. The trade surplus for April 2018 was RM13.1 billion, a surge of RM4.4 billion (+50.9%) from a year ago. However, when compared to the previous month, it fell RM1.6 billion or 11.0%.
On a y-o-y basis, exports increased 14.0% from RM73.9 billion. The main products which contributed to the increase were:
However, declines were recorded for the following products:
On a m-o-m basis, exports declined RM224.7 million (-0.3%) from RM84.5 billion. The main products which contributed to the decrease were:
However, increases were recorded for the following products:
Seasonally Adjusted Figure
On a m-o-m basis seasonally adjusted terms, exports grew RM7.6 billion (+9.5%) to RM87.7 billion.
Imports of capital goods, which accounted for 11.8% of total imports, grew RM382.6 million (+4.8%) to RM8.4 billion due to the increase in transport equipment, industrial (+RM707.1 million, +166.6%). However, capital good (except transport equipment) decreased RM324.5 million or 4.3%.
These goods which constituted 47.5% of total imports fell RM4.6 billion (-11.9%) to RM33.8 billion. The decrease was mainly attributed to parts and accessories of capital goods (except transport equipment) (-RM5.8 billion, -36.8%). On the other hand, fuel & lubricants processed, others, and parts & accessories of transport equipment increased RM798.7 million (+78.5%) and RM354.0 million (+16.4%) respectively.
Imports of consumption goods which accounted for 7.8% of total imports recorded a decrease of RM99.9 million (-1.8%) to RM5.6 billion. The decline was mainly attributed to semi-durables (-RM106.9 million, -8.6%),non-durables (-RM67.2 million, -5.1%) and food & beverages, primary, mainly for household consumption (-RM47.6 million, -5.6%). However, food & beverages, processed, mainly for household consumption increased RM114.5 million or 7.8%.
Imports of consumption goods increased RM232.9 million (+4.4%) fromRM5.3 billion. The increase was due to semi-durables (+RM236.1 million, +26.2%) and durables (+RM122.6 million, +19.7%). Nevertheless, non-durables and food & beverages, processed, mainly for household consumption decreased RM75.2 million (-5.7%) and RM50.5 million (-3.1%) respectively.
These goods fell RM3.0 billion (-8.2%) from RM36.8 billion. The main components for the decrease were industrial supplies, processed (-RM1.6 billion, -10.3%) and parts and accessories of capital good (except transport equipment) (-RM1.5 billion, -13.5%).
Imports of capital goods dropped RM1.0 billion or 11.0% from RM9.4 billion due to the decrease in both transport equipment, industrial (-RM604.8 million, -34.8%) and capital goods (except transport equipment) (-RM434.6 million, -5.7%).
Seasonally Adjusted Figure
On a m-o-m basis seasonally adjusted terms, imports increased RM6.0 billion (+8.8%) to RM74.0 billion.
The following charts show Malaysia's major trading partners for January - April 2018.
Total Trade by Major Countries, Jan - Apr 2018, percentage share
Exports and Imports by Major Countries, Jan - Apr 2018, percentage share
The following charts show Malaysia’s trade with ASEAN countries for January - April 2018.
Exports, Jan - Apr 2018, percentage share
Imports, Jan - Apr 2018, percentage share
# The April 2018 data is provisional and subject to revision in later issues.
THE OFFICE OF CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
05 JUNE 2018
Ho Mei Kei
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : mkho[at]dosm.gov.my