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PETALING JAYA: The country’s imports in June 2022 continued to grow at a faster pace than exports, partly because Malaysian households spent more on processed food and beverages sourced from abroad.
The higher imports were recorded amid the weak ringgit, which stayed mostly above the RM4.40-mark against the US dollar in June.
Being a country that relies heavily on food imports, worth RM63.6bil in 2021, Malaysia’s imports were also exposed to the high inflationary pressure faced by its trading partners.
Yesterday, the Statistics Department reported that Malaysia’s total imports surged by 49.3% year-on-year (y-o-y) to hit a new record-high of RM124.23bil in June.
Exports, on the other hand, grew by 38.8% y-o-y to an all-time high of RM146.16bil, marking the 11th consecutive month of double-digit expansion.
Commenting on the performance, MIDF Research said the expansion in exports and imports were stronger than expected, beating the estimates of the research house and the market.,
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“While this indicates improved growth momentum in line with further reopening of the economy, it also reflects normalisation in domestic economic activities after the nationwide lockdown one year ago,” it said.
Apart from the import of consumption goods that rose by 25.6% to RM9.23bil, Malaysia’s imports in June were also accelerated by the purchase of intermediate and capital goods from foreign markets.
Yesterday, the Statistics Department reported that Malaysia’s total imports surged by 49.3% year-on-year (y-o-y) to hit a new record-high of RM124.23bil in June. Exports, on the other hand, grew by 38.8% y-o-y to an all-time high of RM146.16bil, marking the 11th consecutive month of double-digit expansion.
Intermediate goods, valued at RM64.41bil or 51.8% of total imports, increased by 46.9% y-o-y in June, following higher imports of processed industrial supplies.
Meanwhile, capital goods, valued at RM11.15bil or 9% of total imports, grew by 30.4% y-o-y, mainly due to higher imports of industrial transport equipment.
Malaysia continued to see a trade surplus in June. However, the value declined marginally by 0.8% to RM21.93bil.
The Statistics Department said the country’s export growth in June was driven by the strong demand for electrical and electronic (E&E) products, petroleum products, liquefied natural gas as well as palm oil and palm oil-based agriculture products.