Pakistan’s exports to nine regional countries showed an 8.57 percent growth during the first month of 2022-23 from July of last year, as revealed by the recent data of the State Bank of Pakistan.
The SBP data said that country’s exports to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives account for a small amount of $306.274 million — only 13.58 percent of Pakistan’s total international exports of $2.254 billion in July.
Among all the countries, China tops the list of Pakistan’s regional exports leaving other populous states India and Bangladesh behind. Islamabad carried out trade with its farther neighbors Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and the Maldives via sea only.
Pakistan’s exports to China recorded positive growth in July. Most of the regional exports share, which accounts for 56.83percent, is with China while the remaining is for eight countries.
Pakistan’s exports to Afghanistan showed a negative growth of 17.75 percent to $31.757 million in July from $38.613 million in July 2021. A few years back, Afghanistan remained Pakistan’s second major export destination after the United States.
Moreover, the government has also exempted the import of tomatoes and onions from duty and taxes. Consequently, the import of these kitchen staples showed a huge growth during the past few weeks to bridge the shortage in local supplies.
Exports to India plunged 12.96 percent to $0.047 million in July this year from $0.054 million in 1MFY22.
Meanwhile, exports to Iran remained zero in FY22, SBP data said. Mainly, trade with Tehran is carried out through informal channels in border areas of Balochistan. The government has permitted the import of onions and tomatoes at Taftan and Gwadar border customs stations to fulfill local demands.
Pakistan’s exports to Bangladesh grew 40 percent to $71.507 million in July from $51.033 million in July 2021. Likewise, exports to Sri Lanka posted an increase of 8.29 percent to $28.146 million in July from $25.991 million in the same month last year.