On a month-on-month basis, in March 2020, the export unit value index shrank 0.7% to 116.1 points which was attributed to the decrease in the index of mineral fuels (-5.8%) and animal & vegetable oils & fats (-1.1%). In contrast, the export volume index expanded 8.4% to 129.8 points. The expansion was led by the growth in the index of mineral fuels (+39.6%), inedible crude materials (+32.9%) and machinery & transport equipment (+11.1%). In seasonally adjusted terms, the export volume index declined 8.0% to 124.2 points.
In March 2020, the import unit value index recorded a decline of 0.4% to 116.2 points which was due to the decrease in the index of mineral fuels (-6.6%) and manufactured goods (-0.3%). While, the import volume index rose 10.1% to 132.6 points. This was contributed by the increase in the index of mineral fuels (+31.5%), food (+20.4%) and chemicals (+17.4%). In seasonally adjusted terms, the import volume index in March 2020 dropped 1.4% to 134.8 points.
On a year-on-year basis, both the import unit value and volume indices decreased 0.6% and 2.1% respectively.
Terms of trade
Malaysia’s terms of trade dropped 0.3% to 99.9 points when compared with February 2020. On a year-on-year basis, Malaysia’s terms of trade rose 1.6% from 98.3 points.
For more details, please refer to the Department’s portal: www.dosm.gov.my
The March 2020 data is provisional and subject to revision in later issues.
DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
4 MAY 2020
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