Singapore’s exports rise in Jan despite poor performance last year

The exports are on a rise in Singapore at the start of the year as there was surge in shipments to China, Taiwan and South Korea during January, 2017. However, there was lacklustre performance in 2016 as the exports fell by 2.8 per cent.

This has been revealed through the figures of Trade agency International Enterprise (IE), Singapore. Non-oil domestic exports (NODX) rose 8.6 per cent in January, extending the growth in the preceding two months, due to an increase in shipments of both electronic and non-electronic products.  

Exports are on a rise in Singapore
Exports are on a rise in Singapore. Photo courtesy: Singapore shipping

International Enterprise said, “The global economic outlook has improved and activities are expected to pick up in 2017, especially in developing economies. Stronger activities are also expected of advanced economies by the IMF in the latest January 2017 World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update.”

IE has  also predicted that growth for exports this year will be between 0 and 2 per cent.

Last year, electronics exports shrank 4 per cent, compared to the 0.5 per cent growth in 2015, due to a decline in the export of personal computers, personal computer parts and disk drives.

Non-electronic exports declined by 2.3 per cent, compared to the 1.9 per cent growth in the previous year.

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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