ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s oil import bill and local production of petroleum based commodities declined by just about 20 percent and 12pc, individually, during first half of the current financial year, a sign of impending economic lull. As indicated by information discharged by the Federal(Pakistan) Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the oil import bill during the initial a half year (July-December 2019) fell by 19.87pc in dollar terms when contrasted with a similar period a year ago regardless of higher oil costs in the global market.
All out oil imports added up to $6.14 billion during first half of the present year, contrasted with $7.66bn during a similar period a year ago. The fall in rupee estimation of oil imports was moderately lower at 2.75pc in light of huge money cheapening and added up to Rs962bn this year, contrasted with Rs988bn a year ago. As per the PBS information, import of oil based commodities was somewhere around a quarter to $3.4bn during the principal half of the current financial, contrasted with $2.59bn during a similar period a year ago. In rupee terms, import of unrefined petroleum dropped by 8.07pc to Rs406bn.
Economic resistance was blamed on the decrease in amounts of raw petroleum and oil based commodities imported
In a similar manner, the import bill of raw petroleum was somewhere near 27pc during the initial a half year of the current monetary to $1.77bn against $2.43bn of a similar period a year ago. The rupee estimation of unrefined import was likewise lower by 11.4pc to Rs277bn.
The import bill of Liquefied natural gas (LNG) additionally dropped by 4.83pc to $1.6bn during the principal half of the current financial, contrasted with $1.7bn during a similar period a year ago. This would have converted into moderately lower power generation through LNG — a substitution fuel against heater oil.
The rupee estimation of LNG import was, be that as it may, higher by about 16pc at Rs254bn, contrasted with Rs220bn, indicating lost swapping scale.
The import amount of oil based commodities additionally fell by 12.63pc to 4.66 million tons. The unrefined import amount was 14.5pc lower to 3.95m tons during the primary portion of the current monetary against 4.6m tons during a similar period a year ago.
The decrease in import amounts of unrefined petroleum and oil based commodities is an away from of diminished transportation and other monetary exercise in the nation. This likewise proposes lower limit usage of nearby petroleum processing plants, contrasted with the most recent year, resultantly influencing their productivity.
The import of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), again went up by practically 34pc to $114m, yet this couldn’t imprint an enormous decrease in the import bill of oil bunch on account of its restricted volume. The import of different items in the oil bunch fell by 69pc.
The fall in unrefined petroleum imports additionally converted into 12.2pc lower creation of oil based commodities by nearby treatment facilities in the initial five months of the current financial year. The PBS information for enormous scale fabricating is normally discharged with a period slack of very nearly two months. The five-month mechanical information indicated that yield of 10 of the 11 oil based goods was lower than a similar period a year ago.
The generation of two significant oil items — petroleum and rapid diesel for the most part utilized in the vehicle division and horticulture — was somewhere around more than 13pc each during the initial five months of the current financial year. The creation of heater oil was somewhere around practically 16pc during the initial five months of the current monetary year, contrasted with a similar period a year ago, however this could be ascribed to the declining portion of heater oil in power age. Stream (carrier) fuel yield was somewhere around 4.27pc and that of lamp fuel by 5.85pc.
The creation of greasing up oil and jute grouping oil was down 18.26pc each and that of LPG and other oil based goods by 11.4pc and 27.3pc, individually. The main item that demonstrated improvement in its generation was dissoluble naphtha. Its yield was up by 12.65pc.
As a result, fares of oil based goods were somewhere near 38pc during the initial a half year of the current financial year. The fare of oil unrefined was somewhere around 24.7pc and that of oil based goods by 73pc.
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17 November, 2019