Exports valued at 55.81 billion MYR, decreased by 3.3 percent compared with April of 2012. The lower shipments was mainly due to reduced exports of crude petroleum, electrical and electronic products, primarily electronic integrated circuits as well as petroleum products.
However, higher exports were recorded for machinery, appliances and parts, mainly pumps, compressors, fans and parts; chemicals and chemical products, primarily hydrocarbons and their derivatives as well as processed food.
Decline in exports were recorded mainly to China, Australia and Japan.
Imports in April 2013 increased by 9.2 percent to 54.87 billion MYR compared with April of 2012. Imports of intermediate goods expanded by 7.2 percent and imports of capital goods increased by 1.4 percent due mainly to the import of 2 units of aircraft. Consumption goods increased by 12.3 percent with higher imports of milled rice.
On a month-over-month basis, exports shrank by 7 percent and imports declined 0.1 percent.
Malaysia's trade surplus fell to 943.2 million Malaysian ringgit in April from 5.08 billion ringgit in March.