External Trade

External Trade Performance : September 2012

Total external trade in goods for September 2012 reached $10.051 billion, representing an 11.9 percent increase from $8.980 billion recorded during the same month in 2011. The increase can be attributed to the 22.8 percent positive growth of exports to $4.784 billion from $3.897 billion in the same month a year ago. Also, total imports expanded by 3.6 percent to $5.267 billion from $5.083 billion in September 2011. Thus, the balance of trade in goods (BOT-G) for the Philippines in September 2012 registered a deficit of $483 million from $1.186 billion deficit in the same period last year.

External Trade Performance : August 2012

Total external trade in goods for August 2012 reached $8.855 billion, representing a 4.3 percent decrease from $9.249 billion recorded during the same month in 2011. The decrease can be attributed to the 9.0 percent negative growth of exports from $4.173 billion to $3.798 billion in the same month a year ago. Also, total imports slightly declined by 0.4 percent from $5.076 billion in August 2011 to $5.057 billion. Thus, the balance of trade in goods (BOT-G) for the Philippines in August 2012 registered a deficit of $1.259 billion from $903 million deficit in the same period last year.

External Trade Performance : July 2012

Total external trade in goods for July 2012 reached $9.691 billion, representing a 2.4 percent increase from $9.462 billion recorded during the same month in 2011. The increase can be attributed to the 6.0 percent growth of exports to $4.727 billion from $4.460 billion in the same month a year ago. However, total imports marginally declined by 0.8 percent from $5.001 billion in July 2011 to $4.964 billion. Thus, the balance of trade in goods (BOT-G) for the Philippines in July 2012 registered a deficit of $236 million from $541 million deficit in the same period last year.

External Trade Performance : June 2012

Total external trade in goods for June 2012 reached $9.415 billion, representing a 9.0 percent increase from $8.639 billion recorded during the same month in 2011. This was due to the 13.3 percent increase in total imports from $4.504 billion in June 2011 to $5.101 billion. Similarly, exports increased by 4.3 percent from $4.135 billion in the same month a year ago to $4.314 billion. Thus, the balance of trade in goods (BOT-G) for the Philippines in June 2012 registered a deficit of $787 million from $369 million deficit in the same period last year.

External Trade Performance : April 2012

Total external trade in goods for April 2012 reached $9.405 billion, representing a 4.3 percent decrease from $9.832 billion recorded during the same month in 2011. This was due to the 13.7 percent decline in total imports from $5.525 billion to $4.770 billion in April 2012. However, exports increased by 7.6 percent to $4.635 billion from $4.306 billion in April 2011. Thus, the balance of trade in goods (BOT-G) for the Philippines in April 2012 registered a deficit of $135 million from $1.219 billion deficit in the same period last year.

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