First Quarter Imports Recover
The country's merchandise imports in the quarter ending March 2016 amounted to CI$197.9 million, higher by 11.9% or CI$21.0 million higher compared to the same period in 2015.
"I am pleased to note that imports in the first quarter increased, indicating a recovery from an overall decline in 2015," stated the Minister for Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Marco Archer.
Total imports in 2015 declined by 6.3% due to a reduction in petroleum-related imports while non-petroleum imports grew at 2.0%.
The increase in the first quarter of 2016 is due to imports of non-petroleum products which rose by CI$29.9 million (or 19.6%) to reach CI$182.6 million. "Among these products, the highest growth rate of 85% was seen in capital goods, and this bodes well not only for economic growth this year but also in the coming years," Minister Archer further stated.
Petroleum-related imports continued to decline in the first quarter, this time by 36.8% to settle at CI$15.28 million, due to a reduction in both the average prices and quantities of gasoline and diesel.
More information on the "The Cayman Islands' Quarterly Trade Statistics Bulletin: January to March 2016," are available at at http://www.eso.ky/UserFiles/page_docums/files/uploads/the_cayman_islands_quarterly_trade_stati-3.pdf>.