BULAWAYO, July 31 (The Source) — Zimbabwe’s trade deficit narrowed by 5 percent to $1,3 billion in the first half of the year, after exports fell 9 percent, latest data from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) shows.
Imports in the period to June amounted to $2,6 billion against $1,3 billion exports. In the same period last year, the country’s imports were $2,5 billion against exports of $1,1 billion, giving trade deficit of $1,4 billion.
Major exports included semi-processed gold worth $394 million, flue cured tobacco worth $251 million, ferrochrome worth $163 million, nickel ore and concentrates for $171 million, diamonds for $34 million and chromium ores and concentrates at $51 million.
Other exports included beef, agricultural produce as well as wines, minerals and scrap metal.
Imports included diesel ($394 million), unleaded petrol ($195 million), electricity ($89 million), crude soya bean oil ($52 million), among others.
Some of the imported products include fish, milk, cheese, sausage casings, sugar related confectionaries, biscuits, electrical energy, chemicals, vehicles and generators.
In 2016, Zimbabwe’s total exports fell 7 percent, to $3.37 billion from $3.61 billion the previous year while Imports declined by 11 percent to $5.35 billion from $6 billion in 2015.
In his 2017 budget review, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said total imports are seen at $5,4 billion versus exports of $3,9 billion in 2017, giving $1,5 billion trade deficit.