Colombia Trade


Colombia: Exports contract at a faster rate in May

July 7, 2015

In May, exports shrank 38.9% over the same month last year, coming in below April’s 25.6% drop and marking a four-month low. According to the National Statistical Office (DANE), a sizeable drop in exports of petroleum and oil-derivatives, as well as a drop in mining product exports and agricultural food products, were mainly behind May’s contraction. To a lesser extent, a decline in exports of manufacturing products also contributed to the weak result.

Imports declined 18.4% in April (the most recent month for which data are available), which was below March’s 5.7% contraction. The trade balance recorded a USD 1.0 billion deficit in April, which marked a deterioration from the USD 892 million deficit recorded in the same month of the previous year.

LatinFocus Consensus Forecast panelists expect that exports will expand 11.9% in 2015 and 10.0% in 2016.

Author:, Economist

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Colombia Exports May 2015

Note: Year-on-year and annual average variation in %.
Source: Colombia National Statistical Office (DANE).

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