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Egypt's trade deficit fell as imports and exports decline

Egypt's trade deficit fell in November 2013 from the same month in 2012, according to statistical agency CAPMAS

Ahram Online, Monday 3 Mar 2014
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Egypt's trade balance deficit reached LE23.5 billion ($3.3 billion) in November 2013, state-run statistical body CAPMAS reported on Monday.

The figure represented a 12 percent drop compared to the same month in 2012, when the deficit stood at LE26.7 billion ($3.8 billion).

The value of Egypt's exports in November 2013 also declined two percent from the previous year, recording LE15.1 billion ($2.1 billion).

Among the main products to suffer a drop in exports, according to CAPMAS, were petroleum products, fresh fruits and liquefied propane.

Egypt’s Cabinet Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC) reported that natural gas exports decreased by 46 percent to $120 million in November 2013 compared to the same month a year earlier.

Egyptian oil production also declined by 1.5 in November and exports lost 1.2 percent of their value to $473 million, IDSC added.

On the other hand, the value of imports also shrank by 8.4 percent to reach LE38.6 billion ($5.5 billion) compared to LE42.1 billion ($6 billion) in November of the previous year.

Imports included wheat, crude oil, petroleum products, medicines and passenger cars.

Mahmoud Diab, spokesman of the ministry of supply, told Ahram Online that by late November the country’s wheat stock stood at 2.8 million tons imported since August, which would be enough until the beginning of March 2014.

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