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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

External Sector

Malaysia Trade Statistics Review


Malaysia Trade Statistics Review is a DOSM initiative to produce statistics that incorporate several key indicators through different perspectives. This report provides information on the current scenario of Malaysia's trade and its relationship with other statistical indicators in the Department.

The report contains information on the Malaysia’s merchandise trade performance, the impact of COVID-19 on Malaysia’s trade, exports by SMEs, major imports of selected consumer goods, exports by state, foreign direct investment performance in Malaysia and trade performance links with other statistics produced by DOSM.

Release Date : Thursday 04, June 2020 12:00 pm

Quarterly Balance of Payments, First Quarter 2020

Malaysia’s Current Account Balance (CAB) recorded a surplus of RM9.5 billion as against RM7.5 billion in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, Financial account registered a higher net outflow of RM13.3 billion as compared to RM0.1 billion in previous quarter. The international reserves of Bank Negara Malaysia stood at RM444.0 billion.

Release Date : Wednesday 13, May 2020 12:00 pm

Malaysia External Trade Statistics October 2019


  • In October 2019, exports slipped by 6.7% to RM90.6 billion year-on-year (y-o-y) due to high base in October 2018 which was the highest value ever recorded. Re-exports was valued at RM18.5 billion registering a decline of 10.2% y-o-y and accounted for 20.4% of total exports. Domestic exports also registered a decline of 5.8% or RM4.4 billion to RM72.1 billion. 
  • Imports amounted to RM73.3 billion, a contraction of 8.7% from October 2018. 
  • However, on a month-on-month (m-o-m) basis, exports increased 16.6% from RM77.7 billion. In seasonally adjusted terms, exports increased 13.2%.
  • On a m-o-m basis, imports also recorded a growth of 5.6% from RM69.4 billion. In seasonally adjusted terms, imports increased 1.5%.
  • On a y-o-y basis, exports fell due to the decline in exports to Australia (-RM2.0 billion), China (-RM1.7 billion), Japan (-RM1.4 billion) and Thailand (-RM1.1 billion). However, exports increased to Singapore (+RM549.9 million) and Taiwan (+RM439.8 million).
  • On a y-o-y basis, lower imports were mainly from Taiwan (-RM1.6 billion), Singapore (-RM1.1 billion), the European Union (-RM1.0 billion), China  (-RM910.0 million), Saudi Arabia (-RM818.7 million) and Republic of Korea (-RM708.0 million). However, imports increased from Australia (+RM757.0 million) and the United States (+RM435.4 million).

Release Date : Wednesday 04, December 2019 12:00 pm

Statistics on Malaysia's Affiliates Abroad 2015

Malaysia has 2,125 affiliates operating in 84 countries in 2015. The Services based enterprises contributed 74.2 percent and followed by Manufacturing of 14.1 per cent and Agriculture of 4.8 per cent.

Release Date : Tuesday 17, October 2017 12:00 pm

Statistics on Foreign Affiliates in Malaysia 2015

Malaysia’s recorded 2,922 foreign affiliates in 2015, an increase of 0.3 per cent from 2014. Manufacturing sector registered the largest share of 56.6 per cent followed by services sector (35.2%). Value added grew by 1.9 per cent with a value of RM222.9 billion. Manufacturing sector remained as the main contributor with a share of 45.5 per cent, followed by Mining sector (28.2%).

Release Date : Monday 28, November 2016 12:00 pm

Statistics of International Trade In Services 2015

In 2015, Malaysia’s total international trade in services grew by 1.8 per cent to record RM291.1 billion. This represents 25.2 per cent of GDP at current prices compared to 25.8 per cent in 2014. 

Release Date : Friday 30, September 2016 12:00 pm

Statistics of Foreign Direct Investment In Malaysia, 2014

In 2014, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows recorded a net inflow of RM35.3 billion (2013: RM38.2 billion) to attain position at RM467.5 billion at the end of 2014 (2013: RM446.4 billion). Meanwhile, income posted RM62.6 billion in 2014 (2013: RM56.9 billion).

Release Date : Friday 30, October 2015 12:00 pm