The trade deficit in Malta rose to EUR 303.2 million in October of 2018 from EUR 175.5 million in the same month of the previous year. Exports slumped 31.7 percent from a year earlier to EUR 259.1 million, mainly due to lower sales of mineral fuels, lubricants & related materials (-62.4 percent); machinery & transport equipment (-5.3 percent) and food (-55.3 percent). Meanwhile, imports increased 1.3 percent to EUR 562.4 million, as higher purchases of mineral fuels, lubricants & related materials (+109.5 percent) were partially offset by lower imports of machinery & transport equipment (-42.8 percent) and food (-5.6 percent). Balance of Trade in Malta averaged -120574.38 EUR Thousand from 1996 until 2018, reaching an all time high of -7900 EUR Thousand in December of 2002 and a record low of -556519 EUR Thousand in February of 2016.

Balance of Trade in Malta is expected to be -114500.00 EUR Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Balance of Trade in Malta to stand at -154261.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Malta Balance of Trade is projected to trend around -115300.00 EUR Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.

Malta Balance of Trade
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-09-10 09:00 AM Balance of Trade €-218.8M €-312.1M €-350M
2018-10-10 09:00 AM Balance of Trade €-334.8M €-218.8M €-280M
2018-11-09 10:00 AM Balance of Trade €-171.9M €-334.8M € -268.9M
2018-12-10 10:00 AM Balance of Trade €-303.2M €-171.9M €-275M
2019-01-09 10:00 AM Balance of Trade €-303.2M
2019-02-08 10:00 AM Balance of Trade € -114.5M
2019-03-12 10:00 AM Balance of Trade

Malta Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -303200.00 -171949.00 -7900.00 -556519.00 EUR Thousand [+]
Current Account 384810.00 390487.00 443323.00 -313524.00 EUR Thousand [+]
Current Account to GDP 12.60 7.00 12.60 -12.40 percent [+]
Imports 562400.00 387774.00 835708.00 162800.00 EUR Thousand [+]
Exports 259100.00 215825.00 669616.00 103400.00 EUR Thousand [+]
External Debt 89536.60 88647.10 96842.50 1589.50 EUR Million [+]
Capital Flows 565202.00 -145230.00 603637.00 -565388.00 EUR Thousand [+]
Tourist Arrivals 270702.32 279009.86 317490.26 40412.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 0.09 0.09 0.50 0.08 Tonnes [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 952.92 808.49 6634.00 -1288.40 EUR Million [+]

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Malta Balance of Trade

Malta enjoys a favorable geographic position and large deposits of limestone, which contribute to the strength its export sector. As an island, Malta produces only around 20% of its food necessities, has limited access to fresh water and lacks energy sources. Due to this mix of factors, the economy of Malta is very dependent on foreign trade. Malta mostly exports electrical machinery, mechanical appliances, fish and crustaceans, pharmaceutical producuts and printed material. On the other hand, Malta is a net importer of mineral fuels and oils, non-electrical machinery, aircraft and other transport equipment, plastic and other semi-manufactured goods, food, drink and tobacco. Malta adopted the Euro in 2008, highlighting the status of the European Union as its most important trading partner, having vast trade flows specifically with Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. This page provides - Malta Balance of Trade - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Malta Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-303200.00 -171949.00 -7900.00 -556519.00 1996 - 2018 EUR Thousand Monthly

Country Last Previous
Argentina 277.00 Oct/18
Australia 2316.00 Oct/18
Brazil 4062.09 Nov/18
Canada -1165.20 Oct/18
China 447.40 Nov/18
Euro Area 13141.70 Sep/18
France -4052.00 Oct/18
Germany 18300.00 Oct/18
India -16670.00 Nov/18
Indonesia -1819.90 Oct/18
Italy 1274.37 Sep/18
Japan -449.26 Oct/18
Mexico -2936.00 Oct/18
Netherlands 4850.00 Oct/18
Russia 19697.00 Oct/18
Saudi Arabia 162782.00 Jun/18
Singapore 4520.91 Oct/18
South Africa -5549.90 Oct/18
South Korea 5139.00 Nov/18
Spain -3297100.00 Sep/18
Switzerland 2637.00 Oct/18
Turkey -456.10 Oct/18
United Kingdom -3300.00 Oct/18
United States -55488.00 Oct/18