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Malaysia Trade Surplus Up
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Malaysia Trade Surplus Up

Malaysia’s trade performance exceeded forecasts in 2015 with total trade up by 1.2% to RM1.466 trillion ($352.3 billion).
This was on the back of higher exports and imports which stood at RM779.95 billion and RM685.65 billion, respectively, NewsNow reported.
International Trade and Industry Minister Ong Ka Chuan, who disclosed this, said the country registered a trade surplus of RM94.29 billion last year, a 14.3% rate of growth from 2014’s RM82.48 billion.
“This marked the 18th consecutive year that Malaysia has recorded a trade surplus.
“And all these were achieved despite the global economic turbulence,” he said at the “Malaysia Trade Performance 2015” event that was held at the Martrade building in Kuala Lumpur.
Ong said the growth in exports was spearheaded by manufactured goods, which increased to 80.2% of total exports, from 76.7% in 2014.
“Our manufacturing prowess helped to substantially cushion the impact of lower commodity prices,” he added.
In terms of market destinations, ASEAN as a region remained the country’s leading trading partner and export destination, which accounted for 27.4% of Malaysia’s total trade in 2015.
Exports to ASEAN expanded by 2.8% to RM219.29 billion last year, led by greater inter-company linkages, cross-border trade and outsourcing activities within the region. Imports grew by 3.7% to RM182.12 billion.
“We expect our trade with ASEAN to grow substantially in the coming years with the formal establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community last December.
“The AEC aims to create a single market and production base in the region,” Ong said.
Ong also said the US economy was expected to remain resilient. “Europe will experience stronger private consumption and growth in Japan will remain firm. China will continue its economic rebalancing,” he added.
However, he said commodity prices were expected to remain under pressure. “I encourage Malaysian companies to continue to promote and tap into the potential of the global marketplace. One should maximize the opportunities opened up by the FTAs that Malaysia has entered into, whether bilateral or multilateral,’’ the minister added.

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