Pakistan regional exports to the 7 regional countries witnessed an increase of 34.75 percent in the first two months of the current financial year (2021-22) as compared to the corresponding months of last year.
Pakistan regional exports to the countries including Afghanistan, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, and the Maldives account for a small amount of $593.972 million, which is 12.90% of Pakistan’s overall exports of $4601.041 millions during July-August (2021-22).State Bank of Pakistan
China tops the list of countries in terms of Pakistan’s exports to its neighboring, leaving behind other countries such as Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Pakistan carried out its border trade with the farther neighbor Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, and Maldives. Pakistan’s exports to China posted growth of 63.37 percent to $337.525 million in two months of this year from $200.458 million during last year While exports to Bangladesh also increased by 23.92 percent to $106.415 million from $85.869 million. The country’s exports to Afghanistan however dropped by 22.71 percent to $95.672million this year from $123.785 million whereas exports to India plunged by a whopping 88.86 percent to $0.057 million from $0.512 as the government has suspended trade relations with India.
Similarly, exports to Sri Lanka rose by 83.40 percent to $52.769 million from $28.772 million in the previous year. Exports to Nepal declined by 3.07 percent to $0.694 million from 0.716 million while to the Maldives increased by 28.83 percent to $0.840 million from 0.652million, it added. On the other hand, the imports from seven regional countries were recorded at $2776.315 million during the period under review as compared to $ 1961.659 million during last year, showing an increase of 41.52 percent.
The imports from China during July-August 2021-22 were recorded at $2704.399 million against the $1899.025 million during July-August 2020-21, showing an increase of 42.41 percent during the period. Among other countries, imports from India worth $28.867 million against the imports of $31.437 million, a decrease of 8.17 percent while imports from Afghanistan increased by 99.28 percent from $9.514 million to $18.960 million.
Meanwhile, imports from Sri Lanka witnessed 2.26 percent increase from $13.437 million to $14.092 million whereas Pakistan Imports from Bangladesh recorded at $ 9.727 million from $7.813 million during last year. The imports from Nepal into the country witnessed an increase of 121.11 percent from $0.090 million to $0.071 million, it added.