Pakistan’s trade deficit narrows by 13pc in 10 months

KARACHI: Pakistan’s trade deficit has narrowed by 13 percent during first 10 months (July – April) 2018/2019 owing to significant fall in import bill, according to trade data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) on Wednesday.

The trade deficit narrowed to $26.3 billion during July – April of current fiscal year as compared with the deficit of $30.17 billion in the same period of the last fiscal year.

The major reason behind shrinking trade deficit was reduction in import bill. The import bill was declined to $45.47 billion during first 10 months of current fiscal year when compared with $49.36 billion in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.

The exports of the country, however, remained stagnant. The exports were at $19.17 billion during July – April 2018/2019 as compared with $19.19 billion in the same period of the last fiscal year.

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