The imports of the overall petroleum group contracted by 11.66 per cent during the first nine months of the current fiscal year (2022-23) as compared to the corresponding period of the last year, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported.
The total imports of the petroleum group during July-March (2022-23) stood at $13,083.145 million, as against the imports of $14,810.060 million during the same period of last year, according to PBS data.
Among petroleum commodities, the import of petroleum products declined by 19.91 per cent, from $7,287.499 million last year to $5,836.530 million during the time period under review.
Likewise, the imports of liquefied natural gas declined by 14.11 per cent and dropped from $3,320.707 million last year to $2,852.191 million this year.
On the other hand, the products that witnessed positive growth included petroleum crude, the imports of which grew by 4.69 per cent, from $3,687.672 million last year to $3,860.732 million whereas imports of liquefied petroleum gas increased by 3.78 per cent, from $513.964 million to $533.415 million.
The imports of all other petroleum products increased by 27.19 per cent, from $ 0.217 million to $0.276 million.
Meanwhile, on a year-on-year basis, the petroleum group imports witnessed a decrease of 35.19 per cent during the month of March 2023 as compared to the same months of last year.
The petroleum imports during March 2023 were recorded as $1,206.434 million against the imports of $1,861.556 million during March 2022.
On a month-on-month basis, the petroleum imports into the country also declined by 4.63 per cent during March 2023, compared to the imports of $1,264.981 million in February 2023, said the data.