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Malaysia’s current account hit a record of RM62.1 billion in 2020
DIA registered a net outflow of RM5.4 billion in Q4 2020.
FDI recorded an inflow of RM6.1 billion in Q4 2020.
Exports 2020: Palm oil and PO-based Products, RM73.3 bilion
Electrical and electronic (E&E) products was 39.4% of 2020 Exports

Malaysia External Trade Indices, March 2021

Release Date : Tuesday 04, May 2021 1200



The export unit value index posted a positive growth at 2.2% in the same month, reflected by the growth in all sections, particularly mineral fuels (+8.3%), animal & vegetable oils & fats (+4.0%) and machinery & transport equipment (+1.0%). Similarly, the export volume index increased with a double digit growth of 17.3% in March 2021, contributed by the increases in the index of manufactured goods (+31.4%), machinery & transport equipment (+25.4%) and miscellaneous manufactured articles (+18.3%). The seasonally adjusted export volume index registered a marginal increase of 0.3% from 162.7 points to 163.1 points.

When compared to the previous year, both the export unit value and volume indices rose 2.3% and 28.0%, respectively.



The import unit value index increased 1.0% in March 2021 as compared with the previous month. The increment was contributed by the better performance of the index of mineral fuels (+4.7%), machinery & transport equipment (+0.7%) and manufactured goods (+0.5%). Meanwhile, the import volume index grew 14.8% in March 2021 as compared to the preceding month which was contributed by the expansion in the index of chemicals (+23.0%), machinery & transport equipment (+14.8%) and manufactured goods (+13.7%). The seasonally adjusted import volume index in March 2021 expanded 3.3% from 157.2 points to 162.4 points.

On a year-on-year basis, the import unit value index declined marginally by 0.5% while the import volume index expanded 19.8%.


Terms of trade

Malaysia’s terms of trade rose 1.2% month-on-month from 101.5 points to 102.8 points in March 2021. On a year-on-year basis, Malaysia’s terms of trade also remained positive at 2.9% from 99.9 points in March of previous year.


The full publication of the External Trade Indices, March 2021 can be downloaded through eStatistik Portal.

For more details, please refer to the Department’s portal: www.dosm.gov.my


The March 2021 data is provisional and subject to revision in later issues.


Released By:


 DrUzir_Mahidin      dr_uzir

4 MAY 2021


Contact person:

Mohd Yusrizal Ab Razak
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
E-mail : yusrizal.razak[at]dosm.gov.my

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