Sri Lanka Trade Balance

1982 - 2023 | Monthly | USD mn | CEIC Data

Key information about Sri Lanka's Trade Balance

  • Sri Lanka's Trade Balance recorded a deficit of 486.8 USD mn in Dec 2023, compared with a deficit of 389.7 USD mn in the previous month
  • Sri Lanka's Trade Balance data is updated monthly, available from Jan 1982 to Dec 2023, with an averaged value of -162.0 USD mn
  • The data reached an all-time high of 110.1 USD mn in Aug 2002 and a record low of -1.1 USD bn in Nov 2011
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka provides Trade Balance in USD.

Further information about Sri Lanka's Trade Balance

  • In the latest reports, Sri Lanka's Total Exports reached 1.0 USD bn in Dec 2023, a decrease of 4.4% YoY (year-on-year)
  • Total Imports recorded 1.5 USD bn in Dec 2023, an increase of 4.4% YoY (year-on-year)

View Sri Lanka's Trade Balance from Jan 1982 to Dec 2023 in the chart:

Sri Lanka Trade Balance

What was Sri Lanka's Trade Balance in Dec 2023?

Sri Lanka's Trade Balance recorded a deficit of 486.8 USD mn in Dec 2023, compared with a deficit of 389.7 USD mn in the previous month See the table below for more data.

Last Previous Min Max Unit Frequency Range
-486.8 Dec 2023 -389.7 Nov 2023 -1,100.6 Nov 2011 110.1 Aug 2002 USD mn monthly Jan 1982 - Dec 2023

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country/region Last Frequency Range
Albania (USD mn) -402.6 Nov 2023 monthly Oct 1998 - Nov 2023
Algeria (USD mn) -274.8 Mar 2020 monthly Jan 2000 - Mar 2020
Argentina (USD mn) 243.7 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1991 - Dec 2023
Armenia (USD mn) -98.2 Nov 2023 monthly Nov 1995 - Nov 2023
Australia (USD mn) 7,335.5 Dec 2023 monthly Jul 1971 - Dec 2023
Austria (USD mn) 1,200.8 Oct 2023 monthly Jan 1957 - Oct 2023
Azerbaijan (USD mn) 529.3 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 2000 - Nov 2023
Bahrain (USD mn) 8,242.9 2022 yearly 1966 - 2022
Bangladesh (USD mn) -2,624.1 Nov 2023 monthly Jul 1986 - Nov 2023
Belarus (USD mn) 370.7 Sep 2023 monthly Jan 2000 - Sep 2023
Belgium (USD mn) 2,164.9 Oct 2023 monthly Jan 1993 - Oct 2023
Bolivia (USD mn) -181.2 Dec 2023 monthly Oct 1994 - Dec 2023
Bosnia and Herzegovina (USD mn) -534.3 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 2000 - Dec 2023
Botswana (USD mn) -487.1 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 2001 - Nov 2023
Brazil (USD mn) 6,526.6 Jan 2024 monthly Jan 1959 - Jan 2024
Brunei (USD mn) 301.5 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 2010 - Nov 2023
Bulgaria (USD mn) -882.7 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 1995 - Nov 2023
Cambodia (USD mn) -8.0 Dec 2023 monthly Jun 2013 - Dec 2023
Canada (USD mn) 1,142.8 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 1988 - Nov 2023
Chile (USD mn) 2,622.3 Jan 2024 monthly Jan 1968 - Jan 2024
China (USD mn) 75,340.4 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1992 - Dec 2023
Colombia (USD mn) -1,013.9 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 1958 - Nov 2023
Croatia (USD mn) -1,429.0 Oct 2023 monthly Jan 1993 - Oct 2023
Cyprus (USD mn) -630.5 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1957 - Dec 2023
Czech Republic (USD mn) 1,461.4 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1996 - Dec 2023
Denmark (USD mn) 635.3 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1997 - Dec 2023
Ecuador (USD mn) -95.4 Nov 2023 monthly Mar 1992 - Nov 2023
Egypt (USD mn) -3,068.0 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 1957 - Nov 2023
Estonia (USD mn) -308.0 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1993 - Dec 2023
European Union (USD mn) 10,225.7 Oct 2023 monthly Jan 2002 - Oct 2023
Finland (USD mn) 389.5 Sep 2023 monthly Jan 1992 - Sep 2023
France (USD mn) -7,449.8 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 2000 - Dec 2023
Georgia (USD mn) -789.5 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1995 - Dec 2023
Germany (USD mn) 24,403.4 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1957 - Dec 2023
Ghana (USD mn) 112.7 Aug 2023 monthly Mar 2005 - Aug 2023
Greece (USD mn) -2,841.8 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 2002 - Dec 2023
Hong Kong SAR, China (USD mn) -7,665.0 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1957 - Dec 2023
Hungary (USD mn) 1,060.1 Oct 2023 monthly Jan 1976 - Oct 2023
Iceland (USD mn) -171.0 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1957 - Dec 2023
India (USD mn) -19,800.0 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1957 - Dec 2023
Indonesia (USD mn) 3,307.2 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1967 - Dec 2023
Iran (USD mn) 22,668.0 2021 yearly 1948 - 2021
Ireland (USD mn) 4,453.5 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 1970 - Nov 2023
Israel (USD mn) -2,029.8 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1988 - Dec 2023
Italy (USD mn) 2,990.4 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 1993 - Nov 2023
Ivory Coast (USD mn) 1,878.1 Oct 2023 monthly Jan 1981 - Oct 2023
Japan (USD mn) -2,866.6 Dec 2023 monthly Apr 1995 - Dec 2023
Jordan (USD mn) 2,969.0 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 1972 - Nov 2023
Kazakhstan (USD mn) 1,503.6 Nov 2023 monthly Sep 1995 - Nov 2023
Kenya (USD mn) -1,119.1 Nov 2023 monthly Oct 1992 - Nov 2023
South Korea (USD mn) 298.0 Jan 2024 monthly Jan 1966 - Jan 2024
Kosovo (USD mn) -521.2 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 2003 - Dec 2023
Kuwait (USD mn) 1,817.0 Mar 2021 monthly Jan 1993 - Mar 2021
Kyrgyzstan (USD mn) -759.5 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 2002 - Nov 2023
Laos (USD mn) 97.3 Sep 2023 quarterly Dec 1992 - Sep 2023
Latvia (USD mn) -357.2 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 1995 - Nov 2023
Lebanon (USD mn) -397.4 Aug 2023 monthly Jan 1993 - Aug 2023
Lithuania (USD mn) -355.2 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1999 - Dec 2023
Luxembourg (USD mn) -633.2 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 1988 - Nov 2023
Macau SAR, China (USD mn) -1,347.5 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1998 - Dec 2023
North Macedonia (USD mn) -328.5 Dec 2023 monthly Dec 1993 - Dec 2023
Malawi (USD mn) -42.8 Feb 2023 monthly Jan 1964 - Feb 2023
Malaysia (USD mn) 1,414.6 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1990 - Dec 2023
Malta (USD mn) -259.2 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1960 - Dec 2023
Mauritius (USD mn) -385.6 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 2006 - Nov 2023
Mexico (USD mn) 1,856.5 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1993 - Dec 2023
Moldova (USD mn) -353.1 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 1992 - Nov 2023
Mongolia (USD mn) 388.9 Jan 2024 monthly Jan 1997 - Jan 2024
Montenegro (USD mn) -280.4 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 2005 - Dec 2023
Morocco (USD mn) -2,488.5 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1957 - Dec 2023
Mozambique (USD mn) -60.6 Sep 2023 monthly Jan 2011 - Sep 2023
Myanmar (USD mn) 183.9 Jul 2022 monthly Jan 1957 - Jul 2022
Nepal (USD mn) -858.4 Jan 2024 monthly Aug 1974 - Jan 2024
Netherlands (USD mn) 11,600.6 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1996 - Dec 2023
New Zealand (USD mn) -200.9 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1960 - Dec 2023
Nigeria (USD mn) 1,889.4 Sep 2023 monthly Jan 2003 - Sep 2023
Norway (USD mn) 7,324.9 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1957 - Dec 2023
Oman (USD mn) 1,909.0 Oct 2023 monthly Jan 1975 - Oct 2023
Pakistan (USD mn) -1,979.0 Jan 2024 monthly Jan 1968 - Jan 2024
Palestinian Territory (USD mn) -401.7 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 2011 - Nov 2023
Panama (USD mn) -976.8 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 1964 - Nov 2023
Paraguay (USD mn) 8.6 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1994 - Dec 2023
Peru (USD mn) 2,039.8 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1985 - Dec 2023
Philippines (USD mn) -4,013.4 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1957 - Dec 2023
Poland (USD mn) 437.7 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 1986 - Nov 2023
Portugal (USD mn) -2,086.0 Nov 2023 monthly Jan 1957 - Nov 2023
Qatar (USD mn) 5,146.2 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 2014 - Dec 2023
Romania (USD mn) -3,740.9 Dec 2023 monthly Aug 1990 - Dec 2023
Russia (USD mn) 10,731.9 Jan 2023 monthly Jan 1998 - Jan 2023
Saudi Arabia (USD mn) 221,307.4 2022 yearly 1957 - 2022
Serbia (USD mn) -1,173.6 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 2001 - Dec 2023
Singapore (USD mn) 5,839.2 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1976 - Dec 2023
Slovakia (USD mn) -281.4 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 2004 - Dec 2023
Slovenia (USD mn) 62.8 Dec 2023 monthly Nov 1991 - Dec 2023
South Africa (USD mn) 754.9 Dec 2023 monthly Oct 2004 - Dec 2023
Spain (USD mn) -4,578.3 Oct 2023 monthly Nov 1973 - Oct 2023
Sri Lanka (USD mn) -486.8 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1982 - Dec 2023
Sudan (USD mn) -829.9 Dec 2022 monthly Jan 2003 - Dec 2022
Sweden (USD mn) 370.5 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1957 - Dec 2023
Switzerland (USD mn) 3,253.5 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1957 - Dec 2023

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Government and Public Finance Last Frequency Range
Consolidated Fiscal Balance: % of GDP (%) -10.5 Sep 2023 quarterly Dec 2014 - Sep 2023
Tax Revenue (USD mn) 5,458.017 2022 yearly 1990 - 2022
Tax Revenue: % of GDP (%) 10.6 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2014 - Sep 2023
National Government Debt (USD mn) 86,964.6 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2014 - Sep 2023
Government Debt: % of GDP (%) 103.9 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2014 - Sep 2023
Forecast: Government Expenditure (LKR bn) 4,472.550 2022 yearly 1990 - 2022
Forecast: Government Net Debt (LKR bn) 27,899.420 2022 yearly 1990 - 2022
Forecast: Government Revenue (LKR bn) 2,012.590 2022 yearly 1990 - 2022
Government Debt: Domestic (LKR mn) 16,617,629.160 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2014 - Sep 2023
Government Debt: Foreign (LKR mn) 11,402,380.792 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2014 - Sep 2023
Government Revenue & Grants​: Revenue (LKR mn) 795,600.830 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2014 - Sep 2023
Government Expenditure & Lending Minus Repayments (LR) (LKR mn) 1,172,712.077 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2014 - Sep 2023
Overall Fiscal Surplus/Deficit (LKR mn) -371,009.687 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2014 - Sep 2023
Government Expenditure & LR: Recurrent (LKR mn) 1,002,143.567 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2014 - Sep 2023
Government Expenditure & LR: Capital & Net Lending (LKR mn) 170,568.510 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2014 - Sep 2023
Foreign Trade Last Frequency Range
Forecast: Exports of Goods Growth (%) 3.626 2028 yearly 1980 - 2028
Trade Balance (USD mn) -486.8 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1982 - Dec 2023
Total Exports (USD mn) 1,001.8 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1982 - Dec 2023
Total Exports Growth (%) -6.2 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1983 - Dec 2023
Aluminum: Exports (USD th) 8,005.174 2022 yearly 1995 - 2022
Exports: Medicament (USD th) 8,546.747 2022 yearly 1995 - 2022
Exports: Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Product (USD th) 3,537.951 2022 yearly 1995 - 2022
Total Imports (USD mn) 1,488.6 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1982 - Dec 2023
Total Imports Growth (%) 4.4 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1983 - Dec 2023
Imports: Medicament (USD th) 381,649.432 2022 yearly 1995 - 2022
Imports: Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Product (USD th) 128,854.946 2022 yearly 1995 - 2022
Total Exports to USA (USD mn) 338.716 Oct 2023 monthly Jan 1978 - Oct 2023
Total Imports from USA (USD mn) 37.987 Oct 2023 monthly Jan 1978 - Oct 2023
Total Exports to China (USD mn) 30.861 Oct 2023 monthly Jan 2016 - Oct 2023
Total Imports from China (USD mn) 392.379 Oct 2023 monthly Jan 2016 - Oct 2023
Export Volume Index (EVoI): 2010=100 (2010=100) 167.001 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 2010 - Dec 2023
Import Volume Index (IVoI): 2010=100 (2010=100) 141.218 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 2010 - Dec 2023
Terms of Trade Index: 2010=100 (2010=100) 88.496 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 2010 - Dec 2023
Balance of Payments Last Frequency Range
Direct Investment Abroad (USD mn) 8.5 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2023
Current Account Balance (USD mn) 639.0 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 1977 - Sep 2023
Current Account Balance: % of GDP (%) 3.0 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2002 - Sep 2023
Foreign Direct Investment (USD mn) 158.7 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 1977 - Sep 2023
Foreign Direct Investment: % of GDP (%) 0.7 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2002 - Sep 2023
Foreign Portfolio Investment (USD mn) 85.052 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2023
Foreign Portfolio Investment: % of GDP (%) 0.4 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2023
Foreign Portfolio Investment: Equity Securities (USD mn) 5.0 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2023
Foreign Portfolio Investment: Debt Securities (USD mn) 80.015 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2023
External Debt (USD mn) 52,653.4 Sep 2023 quarterly Dec 2012 - Sep 2023
External Debt: % of GDP (%) 74.7 2022 yearly 1998 - 2022
External Debt: Short Term (USD mn) 7,545.9 Sep 2023 quarterly Dec 2012 - Sep 2023
External Debt: Short Term: % of GDP (%) 11.5 2022 yearly 1998 - 2022
Forecast: Current Account Balance (USD bn) -0.744 2022 yearly 1980 - 2022
Net International Investment Position (USD mn) -50,271.614 Sep 2023 quarterly Mar 2013 - Sep 2023
BoP: FA: Assets: Errors & Ommissions (USD mn) 192.632 Dec 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Dec 2018
BoP: FA: Liabilities: Financial Derivatives (USD mn) 0.000 Dec 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Dec 2018
BoP: FA: Assets: Financial Derivatives (USD mn) 0.000 Dec 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Dec 2018
IIP: Assets (USD mn) 11,636.010 Sep 2023 quarterly Dec 2012 - Sep 2023
International Investment Position (IIP): Net (USD mn) -50,271.614 Sep 2023 quarterly Dec 2012 - Sep 2023
IIP: Liabilities (USD mn) 61,907.624 Sep 2023 quarterly Dec 2012 - Sep 2023
No of Registered Enterprises (Unit) 6,298.000 2022 yearly 1994 - 2022
Monetary Last Frequency Range
Non Performing Loans Ratio (%) 4.5 2021 yearly 1998 - 2021
Household Debt: % of GDP (%) 7.4 Jun 2023 quarterly Dec 2010 - Jun 2023
Money Supply M1 (USD mn) 5,120.445 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1994 - Dec 2023
Money Supply M2 (USD mn) 35,469.734 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1994 - Dec 2023
M2 Growth (%) 9.4 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1995 - Dec 2023
Reserve Requirement Ratio (%) 4.0 Jun 2023 monthly Mar 1997 - Jun 2023
Foreign Exchange Reserves (USD mn) 4,336.5 Dec 2023 monthly Dec 1956 - Dec 2023
Foreign Exchange Reserves: Months of Import (NA) 2.9 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1982 - Dec 2023
Gold Reserves (USD mn) 31.244 Dec 2023 monthly Dec 1977 - Dec 2023
Total Deposits (USD mn) 45,118.862 Jul 2023 monthly Dec 2002 - Jul 2023
Total Deposits Growth (%) 5.8 Jun 2023 monthly Dec 2003 - Jun 2023
Domestic Credit (USD mn) 5,071.4 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1996 - Dec 2023
Domestic Credit Growth (%) -90.1 Dec 2023 monthly Jan 1997 - Dec 2023
Household Debt (USD mn) 6,407.8 Jun 2023 quarterly Jun 2010 - Jun 2023
Total Loans (USD mn) 25,005.139 Nov 2023 monthly Dec 1983 - Nov 2023
Total Loans Growth (%) -3.24 Nov 2023 monthly Dec 1984 - Nov 2023
Private Debt: % of Nominal GDP (%) 26.18 Jun 2023 quarterly Dec 2010 - Jun 2023
Official Reserve Assets (ORA) (USD mn) 4,392.000 Dec 2023 monthly Nov 2013 - Dec 2023
ORA: Foreign Currency Reserves in Convertible FC (FCR) (USD mn) 4,336.474 Dec 2023 monthly Nov 2013 - Dec 2023
Commercial Banks: Loans: Personal Loans & Advances (LA) (LKR mn) 1,969,066.000 Jun 2023 quarterly Jun 2010 - Jun 2023
Business and Economic Survey Last Frequency Range
Business Confidence Growth (% Point) -8.2 May 2023 monthly May 2016 - May 2023
Business Sentiment Index: Business Condition: Current Quarter (Index) 73.630 Jun 2023 quarterly Jun 2014 - Jun 2023
Purchasing Managers Index: Manufacturing (Index) 52.700 Dec 2023 monthly May 2015 - Dec 2023

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