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Exports 2018: Palm Oil and PO-based Products, RM67.5 billion
Electrical and Electronic Products was 38.0% of 2018 Exports

Malaysia External Trade Indices March 2018

Release Date : Friday 04, May 2018 1200



On a month-on-month (m-o-m) basis, in March 2018, the export unit value index increased 0.3% to 112.8 points which was attributed to mineral fuels (+1.3%), animals & vegetable oils & fats (+0.3%) and machinery & transport equipment (+0.2%). The export volume index registered an increase of 19.8% to 140.8 points. This increase was led by machinery & transport equipment (+29.5%), food (+26.0%) and manufactured goods (+23.2%). In seasonally adjusted terms, the export volume index increased 3.4% to 133.9 points.

When compared to the previous year, the export unit value index posted a decrease of 0.7% and export volume index posted an increase of 2.9%.



In March 2018, the import unit value index also increased 0.3% to 115.7 points which was mainly led by inedible crude materials (+1.3%) followed by mineral fuels (+0.5%) and chemicals (+0.4%). The import volume index recorded an increase of 13.5% to 137.0 points. This was mainly attributed to machinery & transport equipment (+16.0%), animals & vegetable oils & fats (+14.5%) and chemicals (+13.5%).  In seasonally adjusted terms, the import volume index in March 2018 dropped 1.1% to 134.3 points.

On a year-on-year basis, the import unit value index and import volume index registered decreases of 0.4% and 9.3% respectively.


Terms of trade

Malaysia’s terms of trade registered a marginal increase of 0.01% to 97.4 points when compared with February 2018. On a year-on-year basis, a declined 0.3% from 97.7 points was recorded.


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



The March 2018 data is provisional and subject to revision in later issues.


Released By:

 DrUzir_Mahidin      dr_uzir

4 MAY 2018

Contact person:

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