CAIRO: Egypt’s non-petroleum exports have reached 2.239 billion EGP ($293.38 million) in April 2015; a 22.71 percent decrease compared to the same period last year, said the General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC,) according to Youm7.
Furniture exports reached $121 million; medical industries exports recorded $155.95 million, while leather exports reached $58.06, during the period January-April 2015, according to GOEIC.
The volume of the imports in April 2015 reached 11.299 billion EGP ($1.498 billion,); a 22 percent increase compared to the 13.538 billion EGP ($1.938 billion) reached in April 2014, the report said.
In March, Egypt’s exports reached $1.7 million; a 16 percent decrease compared to March 2014 when it amounted to $2.2 million, according to a report by the Ministry of Industry. Chemicals and fertilizers topped the list of the least demanded exports while books remained among the most demanded ones.
Egypt has acquired 25 percent of intra-regional trade exports in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). It also ranks fourth among the major importers in the COMESA region, African Development Bank (ADB) Representative Laila Mokaddem said in March, 2014.