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Posted on January 02, 2014

The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS) has released preliminary figures of the value of exports, re-exports and imports for November 2013. A short analysis of the data is given below:

  • In November 2013, the trade balance of goods, which represents the difference between exports and imports, showed a surplus of QR 30.9 billion, i.e. a decrease of QR 1.3 billion (4.2%) compared to the trade balance of goods of  November 2012.
  • In November 2013, total exports of goods (including exports of domestic origin and re-exports) amounted to QR 39.8 billion, showing a drop of 0.9% compared to the total exports of goods of the corresponding month of 2012.

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On the other hand, the total imports of November, 2013 amounted 8.9 billion, increased by 12.4% over the value recorded in the same month last year.

  • The major increase in exports increase was mainly from Petroleum Oils & Oils Obtained from Bituminous Minerals etc. (Not Crude) that showed a rise of 10.1% compared to November 2012. On the other hand, decreases occurred mainly in Petroleum Oils & Oils from Obtained Bituminous Minerals (Crude), and Petroleum Gases and Other Gaseous Hydrocarbons (LNG, Condensates, Propane, Butane, etc.), by 3.2% and 0.9% respectively. The main countries of exports destination for Qatar were Japan with a share of 29% of total exports, South Korea with 17%, and India with 9% of total exports.
  • Motor Cars & Other Passenger Vehicles, Aircraft Spare Parts, and Telephone Sets, Mobiles and Parts Thereof were the main imported commodity groups in November 2013. United States of America was the leading country of origin with a share of 11% of total imports, followed by China (9%), Germany and United Arab Emirates (7% each).

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