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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, August 2020

Release Date : Friday 02, October 2020 1200



On a month-on-month basis, in August 2020, the export unit value index shrank 0.2% to 109.7 points which was due to the decreases in the index of mineral fuels (-2.7%) followed by machinery & transport equipment (-0.6%) and inedible crude materials (-0.6%). Similarly, the export volume index also dropped 14.4% to 135.6 points which was attributed to the decreases in the index of animal & vegetable oils & fats (-20.1%), machinery & transport equipment (-18.4%) and mineral fuels (-13.4%). In seasonally adjusted terms, the export volume index registered a drop of 12.5% to 134.5 points.

When compared to the previous year, the export unit value index dropped 4.9% while the export volume index rose 2.1%.



In August 2020, the import unit value index recorded a marginal growth of 0.1% to 113.4 points when compared to the previous month, which was contributed by the increases in the index of mineral fuels (+1.3%) and manufactured goods (+0.3%). In contrast, the import volume index shrank 2.3% to 132.2 points. This was attributed to the declines in the index of manufactured goods (-11.6%), mineral fuels (-9.4%) and machinery & transport equipment (-4.4%). In seasonally adjusted terms, the import volume index in August 2020 dropped 2.5% to 127.5 points.

On a year-on-year basis, both the import unit value and volume indices decreased 3.6% and 3.0% respectively.

Terms of trade

Malaysia’s terms of trade registered a marginal decrease of 0.1% to 96.7 points as compared with July 2020. On a year-on-year basis, Malaysia’s terms of trade also dropped 1.4% from 98.1 points.


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


The August 2020 data is provisional and subject to revision in later issues.


Released By:


 DrUzir_Mahidin      dr_uzir

2 OCTOBER 2020


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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