ISLAMABAD, July 11 (TNS): The merchandise exports from the country surged by 13.74 percent during the fiscal year 2017-18 as compared to the previous fiscal year (2016-17). The exports from the country during July-June (2017-18) were recorded at $23.228 billion against the exports of $20.422 billion in July-June (2016-17), showing growth of 13.74 percent, according to the latest data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).
Imports into the country during the period also increased by 15.10 percent by going up from $52.910 billion in FY 2016-17 to $60.898 billion during FY 2017-18. Based on the figures, the external trade deficit during the outgoing fiscal year 2017-18 increased by 15.95 compared to last year. The trade deficit during FY 2017-18 was recorded at $ 37.670 billion against the deficit of $32.488 billion in FY 2016-17. Meanwhile, on-year-on-year basis, the exports from the country declined by one percent in June 2018 against exports of June 2017. The exports during June 2018 were recorded at$1.887 billion against the exports of $1.906 billion in June 2017.