Israel Trade September 2018


Israel: Trade deficit widens in September, exports tumble

October 11, 2018

Israeli exports contracted 18.0% in September over the same month a year ago in USD terms, contrasting the revised 4.5% increase recorded in August (previously reported: -0.8% year-on-year). Trend data for July-September showed a broad-based deterioration, with exports in low-, medium-low, and medium-high-technology sectors decreasing. Exports of chemicals and chemical products; basic metals; and wood products, furniture and paper products dropped notably in the period.

Imports fell 3.5% in USD terms in September, contrasting the 15.1% growth recorded in August. Data for the July-September period highlighted lower imports of investment goods (excluding ships and aircraft). Meanwhile, purchases of raw materials and consumer goods increased at a pace much lower than in the previous rolling quarter.

Overall, the trade deficit widened to USD 1.8 billion in September, up from USD 1.3 billion in the same month a year earlier. USD 2.7 billion from the USD 1.8 billion shortfall recorded in the same month a year prior. The 12-month rolling trade deficit widened from USD 22.9 billion in August to USD 23.5 billion in September.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect exports and imports to grow 3.8% and 9.1% in 2018, respectively. Our panel expects a trade deficit of USD 14.0 billion in 2018. For 2019, panelists see exports growing 6.5%, imports growing 5.6% and the trade deficit widening to 14.2 USD billion.

Author:, Economist

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Israel Trade September 2018

Note: 12-month sum of trade balance in USD billion and annual average variation of the 12-month sum of exports and imports.
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) and FocusEconomics calculations.

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