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Egypt Exports Rise

Egypt Exports Rise  Egypt Exports Rise

Egypt’s exports stood at $21.1 billion in the first 10 months of 2017, compared to $17.85 billion in the same period of 2016, the central agency for public mobilization and statistics said Sunday, Reuters reported. Petroleum exports amounted to $1.96 billion in the same period, compared to $1.6 billion a year earlier. Egypt’s most important exports in the first 10 months of 2017 included fuel, with exports worth $3.7 billion, cotton ($58 million) and raw materials ($17.1 billion), according to CAPMAS. Exports have benefited from the floatation of the Egyptian pound. The move, resulting in the pound losing almost half its value, made Egyptian goods in foreign markets cheaper while doubling the cost of importing. This in turn has been beneficial for the country’s trade deficit, which fell 26% year-on-year by $12 billion in 2017, the trade ministry said earlier this month. Imports fell in the first 11 months of 2017 to $51 billion, from $61 billion the same period in 2016, and exports rose to $20.4 billion from $18.4 billion, the ministry said, adding that foreign trade improved thanks to more exports from industries such as chemicals and fertilizer.


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