ISLAMABAD: Exports of fish and fish preparations increased by 34.34 percent during the first three months of the current fiscal year against the corresponding period of last year.
The overall exports of fish and fish preparations were recorded at $85.2 million during July-September (2013-14) against the exports of $63.422 million during July-September (2012-13), according to the latest data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).
During the period under review, as much as 36,273 metric tons of fish and fish preparation were exported against the exports of 27,174 metric tons last year, showing increase of 33.48 percent.
Meanwhile, On year-on-year basis, the seafood exports increased by 33.09 percent in September 2013 when compared to the exports of September 2012.
The fish exports during September 2013 stood at $41.891 million against the exports of $31.475 million in September 2012, the PBS data revealed.
On month-on-month basis, the exports of fish increased by 79.59 percent by going up from $23.326 million in August 2012 to $41.891 million in September 2013.
The over all food exports from the country increased by 10.84 percent during the period under review by going up from $ 909.197 million last year to $1.007 billion in current year.
In September 2013, the food exports increased by 12.26 percent on year-on-year basis and by 10.77 percent on month-on-month basis, according to the PBS data.
The total food and non-food exports from the country increased from $6.144 billion in July-September (2012-13) to US$ 6.712 billion during July-September (2013-14).
On the other hand, the imports into the country during the first three months of the current fiscal year were recorded at $11.177 billion against the imports of $10.853 billion during the corresponding months of last year.
According to the data the trade deficit during July-September (2013-14) was recorded at $4.465 billion against the deficit of $4.708 billion in July-September (2012-13), showing negative growth of 5.15 percent.