Exports of the industrial sector increased from 17,129.3 MD in the first eight months 2016 to 19,546.7 MD the same period of 2017, up 14.1%.
The industrial sector imported 25,944.5 MD during the first eight months in 2017 against 21,999.9 MD during the same period in 2016, up 17.9%.
Therefore, the industrial trade balance amounted to -6397.8 MD against -4870.6 MD during the first eight months 2016, said the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation (APII).
The increase in exports was mainly due to the mechanical and electrical industries, whose exports grew 18.8%.
This is the same for exports of the agri-food industry sector and the textile and clothing industries.
The same applies to the leather and footwear industries, whose exports increased by 12.6%. Similarly, exports from the miscellaneous industries sector increased by 17.3% with 1,411.7 MD against 1,203.1 MD during the first eight months of 2016.
Industrial imports increased for all sectors. These increases range from 8.1% for the leather and footwear industries to 47% for the agri-food industry sector