Exports exceed a 1 billion US dollars for the 3rd consecutive month

Sri Lanka’s merchandize exports in August 2021 recorded an increase of 14.4 % to US$ 1,083.56 Mn as compared to US$ 947.2 Mn recorded in August 2020 as per the data released by the Sri Lanka Customs. 

Export Development Board (EDB) Chairman, Suresh de Mel, commended the exporters and said it is remarkable to see another month of exportsover a billion US$ despite the ongoing pandemic.He also said that, going forward we need to add more value to our exports and exploreniche markets, and diversify our product basket and markets.

Major Exports in August 2021

Export earnings from Apparel Sector have increased by 12.13 % y-o-y to $ 491.5 million in August 2021 with strong performance in exports of Apparel (12.84%) and Woven Fabrics (312.9%).On a year-on-year basis, exports of Made-Up Textile Articles & Yarn and other Textile Articles declined by 64.31% and 20.88% respectively. Further, export earnings from Apparel Sector increased by 8.61 % in August 2021 in comparison to July 2021.

Export earnings from Tea in August 2021 which made up 12% of merchandise exports increased by 13.41% y-o-y to $ 116.78 million and export volume also increased by 16.1% in August 2021 compared to August 2020. Moreover, export earnings from Tea recorded a 1.43% increase in August 2021 in comparison to July 2021.

Export earnings from Rubber and Rubber Finished products have increased by 27.31 % y-o-y to $ 92.34 million in August 2021 with strong performance in exports of Pneumatic & Retreated Rubber Tyres&Tubes (33.02%) and industrial & surgical gloves (36.89%). However, exports of gaskets, washers, seals, etc. of Hard Rubber have declined by 44.48 % y-o-y to $ 4.93 million in August 2021.

Earnings from all the major categories of Coconut based products increased in August 2021 compared with August 2020. Earnings from Desiccated Coconut, Liquid Coconut Milk and Coconut cream categorized under the Coconut Kernel Products increased by 42.82%, 13.8% and 72.94% respectively. Being the largest contributor to Coconut based sector, Coco Peat, Fiber Pith & Moulded products which categorized under the Coconut fibre products increased by 28.55% to US$ 17.38Mn in August 2021 in comparison to August 2020. Earnings from Activated Carbon, which categorised under the Coconut shell products decreased by 1.72% in August 2021 compared to August 2020.

Export earnings from Seafood increased by 19.65% to US$ 165.48 Mn in August 2021 compared to August 2020. This increase was mainly due to the increase in earnings from export of Fish Fresh or Chilled (29.44%), Shrimps and Prawns (125%), Lobsters (50%) and Crabs (27.27%).

Meanwhile, export earnings from Electrical and Electronic Products (11.48%) and Food & Beverages (30.39%) recorded increases during the month of August 2021 compared with August 2020.

Major Exports during the period of January – August 2021

For the period of January to August 2021, merchandise exports increased by 22.36 % to US$ 7,886.1 million compared to the corresponding period of 2020, following increased exports of almost all the major product sectors; Apparel & Textiles, Tea, Rubber-based products, Coconut based products, Electronics & Electronic Components, Spices and Concentrates, Seafood and Ornamental fish as shown in the table below.

Export earnings from Rubber & Rubber finished products increased by 39.9 % to US$ 708.92Mn in Jan-August 2021 due to the better performance of exports of Industrial & Surgical Gloves of Rubber (63.68%) and Pneumatic & Retreated Rubber Tyres& Tubes (43.31%).

Earnings from all the major categories of Coconut based products increased due to the improved performance in export of Coconut Oil, Desiccated Coconut, Coconut Milk Powder, Liquid Coconut Milk, Coconut cream, Cocopeat, Mattress Fiber, & Activated Carbon.

Meanwhile earnings from export of Electrical and Electronic Components (EEC) increased by 32.96 % to US$ 278.16Mn in the period of January to August 2021 compared to the corresponding period of 2020. Export of Insulated wires increased by 60.53 % in during the period of January to August 2021 to US$ 47.18Mn compared with the corresponding period of previous year. In addition, export of other Electrical & Electronic Products increased by 26.03 % during the period of January to August 2021 to US$ 143.09Mn compared with the corresponding period of previous year.

Export earnings from Spices and Essential Oils increased significantly in the period of January to August 2021 compared to year 2020 due to the better performance in all the sub categories; Cinnamon, pepper, cloves, nutmeg, essential oils & Oleoresins, etc.

The export sectors that show a positive growth at disaggregate level includes export of Processed Vegetables, Fruits & Juices, Sugars, Sugar Confectionery & Bakery Products, Processed Food, Frozen Fish, Fish Fresh or Chilled, Shrimps and Prawns, Lobsters, Crabs and Other edible fish.

Export of Services

The services exports estimated by EDB which includes ICT/BPM, Construction, Financial services and Transport & Logistics recorded worth of US $ 2,184.5Mn during the period of January to August 2021 compared to US$ 1,640.8Mn recorded in the corresponding period of 2020. Estimated service exports increased by 33.13 % during the period of January to August 2021 compared to the corresponding period of 2020.

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