Pakistan’s export sector has demonstrated remarkable growth, achieving a substantial 22.45 per cent increase, reaching the noteworthy milestone of Rs1.27 trillion during the initial two months of the fiscal year 2023-24 (FY23-24).

According to data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), exports from July to August 2023 stood at Rs1.27 trillion, marking a remarkable 22.45 per cent surge compared to the Rs1.04 trillion recorded during the corresponding period the previous year.

In a year-on-year analysis, exports in August 2023 surged by an impressive 26.75 per cent, reaching Rs695.1 billion, as opposed to the Rs548.4 billion recorded in August 2022. Furthermore, on a month-to-month basis, exports surged by 19.62 per cent when juxtaposed with the Rs581.1 billion recorded in July 2023. The textile and knitwear sector emerged as the most substantial export contributor, accounting for an impressive Rs117.8 billion.


In contrast, imports during July and August of the fiscal year 2023-24 experienced a modest decline of 2.42 per cent, totaling Rs2.3 trillion. This is in contrast to the imports recorded at Rs2.4 trillion during the corresponding period the previous year. Of note, Pakistan’s imports in August 2023 included Rs180.6 billion worth of petroleum products, followed by crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) valued at Rs119.4 billion and Rs89.8 billion, respectively.

When analyzed on a year-on-year basis, imports into Pakistan in August 2023 displayed a marginal 0.5 per cent decrease when compared to August 2022. On a month-on-month basis, imports into the country saw a significant uptick of 27.79 per cent in August 2023 when compared to the Rs1.04 trillion worth of imports in July 2023.

According to Geo, this surge in exports is indeed promising as it holds the potential to bolster Pakistan’s diminishing foreign exchange reserves, a much-needed development in light of the challenging economic situation stemming from the depreciation of the Pakistani rupee