Sarawak among top 5 states driving Malaysia’s April 2024 export surge, accounting for 81.9 pct

An infographic on the top five exporting states in Malaysia in April 2024. Photo credit: Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM)

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, May 29: Sarawak is one of the five states dominating Malaysia’s exports in April 2024, accounting for 81.9 per cent of the country’s total exports of RM114.7 billion.

Malaysia’s total trade for April 2024 amounted to RM221.7 billion, with exports and imports totalling RM114.7 billion and RM107.0 billion, respectively, as reported in the Export Import Statistics By State April 2024.


Chief Statistician Malaysia Dato’ Sri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin stated that exports in April 2024 were valued at RM114.7 billion, an increase of RM9.5 billion (+9.1%) compared to the same month of the previous year.

The increase in exports was attributed to the higher exports in most states, including Selangor (+RM3.0 billion), Sarawak (+RM2.1 billion), Pulau Pinang (+RM1.4 billion), WP Kuala Lumpur (+RM1.0 billion), Perak (+RM894.4 million), Terengganu (+RM826.4 million), Sabah (+RM669.2 million), Johor (+RM534.0 million), Kelantan (+RM164.9 million) and WP Labuan (+RM7.2 million).

“However, exports decreased in Kedah by RM669.7 million, Pahang (-RM377.0 million), Negeri Sembilan (-RM125.6 million), Perlis (-RM26.7 million) and Melaka (-RM25.6 million).

“Pulau Pinang remained as the top exporter with 30.1 per cent share, followed by Johor (20.4%), Selangor (18.5%), Sarawak (8.2%) and W.P. Kuala Lumpur (4.7%),” he said in a media release yesterday (May 28).

An infographic on the export and import statistics by state in Malaysia for April 2024. Photo credit: Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM)

Looking at the performance of imports by state, Mohd Uzir disclosed that imports in April 2024 increased RM14.5 billion (+15.6%) as compared to the same month in 2023.

The increase in imports was attributed by the higher imports in most states such as Selangor (+RM4.0 billion), Pulau Pinang (+RM3.6 billion), Johor (+RM1.6 billion), Melaka (+RM1.3 billion), Kedah (+RM1.2 billion), Negeri Sembilan (+RM770.8 million), Pahang (+RM532.9 million), WP Kuala Lumpur (+RM520.9 million), Sarawak (+RM479.4 million), Perak (+RM228.3 million), Terengganu (+RM125.8 million), Sabah (+RM121.1 million) and Perlis (+RM9.6 million).

However, imports decreased in WP Labuan by RM41.1 million and Kelantan (-RM19.3 million).

He added that Selangor dominates Malaysia’s imports with a share of 27.2 per cent, followed by Johor (21.6%), Pulau Pinang (21.0%), W.P. Kuala Lumpur (7.5%) and Kedah (5.9%). — DayakDaily