ISLAMABAD, Nov 3 (APP): The services trade deficit shrank by 26.22 per cent as exports witnessed a growth of 4.63 per cent during the first quarter (Q1) of the current fiscal year as compared to the corresponding period of last year, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported.
According to PBS data, the exports from the country from July-September (2022-23) were recorded at $1,694.96 million against the exports of $1,619.93 million in July-September (2021-22), showing growth of 4.63 per cent.
On the other hand, the services’ imports declined by 6.21 per cent from US$ 2,497.28 million last year to US$2,342.31 million during the period under review.
Based on the figures, the services trade deficit was recorded at US $647.35 million this year against a deficit of US $877.35 million during the last fiscal year, showing a decline of 26.22 per cent.
On a year-on-year basis, the services exports during the month of September 2022 witnessed a decline of 1.73 per cent to US$565.96 million against the exports of US $575.94 million during September 2021.
On the other hand, the imports also decreased by 5.11 per cent from US$778.14 million last September to the US $738.38 million in September 2022, according to the data.
On a month-on-month basis, the services exports from the country went down by 1.4 per cent as compared to the exports of US $ 573.99 million in August 2022. The imports also went down by 7.83 per cent as compared to the imports of US $801.13 million in August 2022, the data revealed.
Meanwhile, the merchandize trade deficit witnessed a decline of 26.59 per cent in the first four months of the current fiscal year, with a considerable decline in imports and an upward trend in exports.
The exports from July-October (2022-23) were recorded at $9,549 million against the exports of $9,460 million in July-October (2021-22), showing a growth of 0.94 per cent, according to PBS data.
On the other hand, the imports of the country decreased by 16.21 per cent during the period under review by going down from $25,084 million last year to $21,018 million during the current year.
Based on the figures, the trade deficit was recorded at $11,469 million this year against the deficit of $15,624 million last year, showing a decline of 26.59 per cent, according to the data./395/