Palm oil imports witnessed sharp decline of 16.62 percent during the first five months of the current fiscal year as against the same period of last year. Pakistan imported palm oil worth 864.311 million dollars during July-November (2012-13) against the imports of 1036.616 million in July-November (2011-12), according to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).
In terms of quantity, the palm oil imports witnessed negative growth of 4.76 percent by falling from imports of 886,333 metric tons last year to 844,178 metric tons during the period under review. In rupees term the palm oil imports during July-November (2012-13) stood at Rs 82,007 million against the imports of 89,917 during the same period of last year. During the month of November 2012, the palm oil imports witnessed decrease of 19.1 percent against the imports of the same month of last year (November 2011), however increased by 59.26 percent when compared to the imports of October 2012, the data revealed.
On the other hand, the imports of soyabean oil witnessed increase of 38.32 percent during the first five months of the current fiscal year. The soyabean imports were recorded at 44.025 million dollars in July-November (2012-13) against the imports of 31.829 million dollars during the same period of last year, the PBS data revealed.
In terms of quantity, the soyabean oil imports increased from 24,064 metric tons to 34,238 metric tons, witnessing increase of 42.28 percent. In rupee term, the soyabean oil imports witnessed increase of 50.98 percent by going up from imports of Rs 2,760 million last year to Rs 4,167 million during current year. It is pertinent to mention here that the overall food imports into the country witnessed decline of 12.84 percent by falling from 2.132 billion dollars last year to 1.859 billion this year. The overall imports into the country during the period under review witnessed decline of 0.91 percent whereas the exports increased by 7.85 percent as compared to the same period of last year.