Central Bank of Sri Lanka - External Sector Performance May 2022
15th July 2022
Overall exports: Earnings from merchandise exports in May 2022 increased substantially by 17.5 per cent over the corresponding month in 2021, recording at US dollars 1,047 million. An increase in earnings was observed in industrial exports, while a decline was recorded in agricultural exports and mineral exports. The cumulative export earnings during January-May 2022 increased by 12.2 per cent over the same period in the last year, amounting to US dollars 5,266 million.
Industrial exports: Earnings from the export of industrial goods increased in May 2022 by 24.2 per cent, compared to May 2021. A broad-based increase in earnings among industrial goods has been recorded, with the greatest share for the overall increase mainly being contributed by garments. Export of garments to all major markets (such as the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom) improved. Further, gems, diamonds and jewellery and petroleum products also contributed to this increase in exports. Earnings from the export of petroleum products improved due to the increase in both average export prices and volumes of bunker fuel exports. Meanwhile, continuing the lower demand for rubber gloves as a personal protective item due to declining spread of Covid-19 worldwide, a decline in earnings was reported in rubber products. Export earnings from animal fodder and plastics and articles also declined during the month.
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