External Trade Performance : July 2014

Reference Number: 

2014-064

Release Date: 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

EXTERNAL TRADE PERFORMANCE

 

JULY 2014

(Preliminary)

 

 

July

 

2014 p

2013 r

 

TOTAL IMPORTS

     FOB Value in Million US Dollars

     Year-on-Year Growth (Percent)  

Electronic Products

     FOB Value in Million US Dollars

     Year-on-Year Growth (Percent)

 

 

5,494.29

0.002

 

1,142.12

-  29.8

 

 

 5,494.15

    8.9 

 

1,627.15

     33.1

 

Top 10 Philippine Imports from All Countries: July 2014 p
(Year-on-Year Growth in Percent)

Gainers

Losers

Transport Equipment
52.5
Electronic Products
-29.8
Miscellaneous Manufactured Articles
48.3
Industrial Machinery and Equipment
-5.3
Plastics in Primary and Non-Primary Forms
 

22.9

 

 

Iron and Steel

21.1

 
Mineral Fuels, Lubricants and Related Materials

20.4

 
 
Organic and Inorganic Chemicals

8.9

 

 

Telecommunication Equipment and Electrical Machinery

2.1

 

 

Other Food and Live Animals
0.2    

p-preliminary, r-revised

 

 

IMPORTS WENT UP BY 0.002 PERCENT IN JULY 2014

The country’s total imported goods for July 2014 amounted to $5.494 billion, a very minimal increase recorded during the same period a year ago. The increase in total imports for this period was due to the positive performance of eight out of the top ten major commodities for the month.  These were: Transport Equipment; Miscellaneous Manufactured Articles; Plastics in Primary and Non-Primary Forms; Iron and Steel; Mineral Fuels, Lubricants and Related Materials; Organic and Inorganic Chemicals; Telecommunication Equipment and Electrical Machinery; and Other Food & Live Animals.

Cumulative imports for January to July 2014 amounted to $36.946 billion and showed a 4.8 percent increase compared with $35.246 billion in the same period of last year.

The balance of trade in goods (BOT-G) for the Philippines in July 2014 registered a deficit of $33 million compared to the $635 million deficit in the same period last year.

 

 

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS ACCOUNTS FOR 22.6 PERCENT OF IMPORT BILL

Inward shipments of Mineral Fuels, Lubricants and Related Materials were the top imported commodity in July 2014, accounting for 22.6 percent of the aggregate import bill and value amounting to $1.241 billion.  It increased by 20.4 percent over last year's figure of $1.030 billion. 

Imports of Electronic Products ranked second with 20.8 percent share and reported value of $1.142 billion in July 2014.  It went down by 29.8 percent from $1.627 billion in July 2013. Among the major groups of electronic products, Components/Devices (Semiconductors), having the biggest share of 15.6 percent among electronic products, decreased by 35.9 percent from $1.340 billion in July 2013 compared to $858.79 million in July 2014.

Transport Equipment placed third with 10.7 percent share to total imports valued at $590.04 million compared from previous year’s level of $386.96 million. It accelerated by 52.5 percent, registering the highest year-on-year change among the top ten imports for July 2014.

Industrial Machinery and Equipment, contributing 5.0 percent to the total import bill was the country’s fourth top import for the month amounting to $272.13 million.  It went down by 5.3 percent compared to last year’s value of $287.49 million.

Fifth in rank and with 3.1 percent share to the total imports, Miscellaneous Manufactured Articles recorded $172.68 million worth of imports.  It registered a 48.3 percent increase from its year ago level of $116.43 million.

Rounding up the list of the top ten imports for July 2014 were:  Plastics in Primary and Non-Primary Forms valued at $166.57 million; Iron and Steel, $164.55 million; Other Food and Live Animals, $158.33 million; Organic and Inorganic Chemicals amounting to $131.43 million; and Telecommunication Equipment and Electrical Machinery, $114.62 million. 

Aggregate payment for the country’s top ten imports for July 2014 reached $4.153 billion or 75.6 percent of the total import bill.

 

 

RAW MATERIALS AND INTERMEDIATE GOODS ACCOUNTS FOR 36.2 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL IMPORTS

Payments for purchases of Raw Materials and Intermediate Goods in July 2014 valued at $1.987 billion and accounted for 36.2 percent of the total imports.  It decreased by 12.5 percent over last year's figure of $2.271 billion.  Semi-Processed Raw Materials had the biggest share of 34.0 percent valued at $1.866 billion. 

Mineral Fuels, Lubricants and Related Materials with 22.6 percent share to total imports increased by 20.4 percent to $1.241 billion in July 2014 from $1.030 billion in July 2013.  Petroleum crude contributed the biggest share of imports in this commodity group by 12.4 percent.

Payments for inward shipments of Capital Goods accounting for 26.0 percent of the total imports,  declined by 0.6 percent from $1.440 billion in July 2013 to $1.431 billion in July 2014. 

Purchases of Consumer Goods recorded 14.2 percent share with a total import bill valued at $779.18 million in July 2014.  It increased by 10.5 percent from $704.96 million registered in July 2013.

Special Transactions went up by 15.2 percent to $55.74 million in July 2014 from $48.40 million same month last year.

 

 

IMPORTS FROM PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA ACCOUNTS FOR 14.2 PERCENT

People’s Republic of China remained as the country’s biggest source of imports with 14.2 percent share in July 2014.  Payments were recorded at $781.92 million, an increase of 5.7 percent from $739.48 million in July 2013.   Revenue from country’s exports to China, on the other hand, reached $700.45 million, generating a total trade value of $1.482 billion and $81.48 million trade deficit.

Japan including Okinawa was the second biggest source of imports for July 2014 with 8.5 percent share to the total import bill amounting to $465.47 million and increased by 4.8 percent from $443.98 million in July 2013.  Exports to Japan amounted to $1.212 billion, yielding a two-way trade value of $1.678 billion and a trade surplus of $746.93 million.

Taiwan came third, contributing 8.3 percent of the total import bill in July 2014, with import value of $454.93 million.  It decreased by 2.0 percent from its July 2013 value of $464.31 million.  Export receipts from Taiwan in July 2014 reached $171.96 million yielding a total trade value of $626.89 million and a trade deficit of $282.96 million.

United States of America (USA) including Alaska and Hawaii ranked fourth, accounting for 7.5 percent share of the total import bill in July 2014 with a negative growth of 33.6 percent from $618.86 million to $410.67 million in July 2014.  Exports to this country amounted to $801.60 million resulting to a total trade value of $1.212 billion and a trade surplus of $390.92 million.

Fifth in rank was Singapore accounting for 6.4 percent share of the total import bill worth $353.72 million in July 2014 and increased by 12.1 percent from $315.58 million in July 2013.  Exports to Singapore amounted to $352.97 million resulting to a total trade value of $706.69 million and a trade deficit of $0.74 million.

Other major sources of imports for the month of July 2014 were: Republic of Korea, $352.70 million; Saudi Arabia, $341.13 million; Malaysia, $284.50 million; Indonesia, $279.97 million; and Thailand, $245.52 million.

Aggregate payments for imports from the top ten sources for July 2014 amounted to $3.971 billion or 72.3 percent of the total.

 

 

IMPORTED GOODS FROM EAST ASIA ACCOUNTS FOR 39.5 PERCENT

By economic bloc, East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan) was the biggest source of the country’s imports in July 2014 as it accounted for 39.5 percent of the total imports valued at $2.169 billion.  It decreased by 3.0 percent from $2.236 billion in July 2013.  Total exports to member countries of East Asia amounted to $2.963 billion resulting to a total trade of $5.132 billion and a trade surplus of $793.60 million.

Goods imported from ASEAN member countries were valued at $1.304 billion, contributing 23.7 percent share and increased by 16.1 percent from $1.123 billion recorded in July 2013.  Proceeds from exports to ASEAN member countries were worth $755.38 million, resulting to a total trade of $2.059 billion and a trade deficit of $548.23 million.

Imports from European Union were valued at $609.90 million.  It grew by 11.2 percent compared to a year ago value of $548.46 million.  Exports to member countries of European Union were worth $537.51 million, resulting to a total trade of $1.147 billion and a trade deficit of $72.39 million.

 

 

 

Technical Note:

Starting with the March 2007 Press Release, analysis and tables are based on the 2004 Philippine Standard Commodity Classification (PSCC) groupings.  This is in compliance with   NSCB   Resolution No. 03, Series of 2005 entitled “Approving and Adopting the 2004 Philippine Standard Commodity Classification” by all concerned government agencies and instrumentalities.

 

 

 

(Sgd) LISA GRACE S. BERSALES, Ph. D.

National Statistician

 

 

 

 

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