Malaysia was once the world’s largest producer of tin, rubber and palm oil. Its manufacturing sector has a crucial role in its economic growth. The export industry was hit hard during the late 2000 economic recession drastically dropping to 78% i.e. FDI to RM4.2 billion in the first two quarters of 2009. Total exports fell down to $156.4 billion in 2009 from $198.7 billion in 2008. The imports also reduced from 154.7 billion in 2008 to $119.5 billion 2009.
Malaysia mainly exports the following commodities:
Petroleum and liquefied natural gas
Wood and wood products
The following graph depicts the shares of various export partners of Malaysia:
Malaysia mainly imports the following commodities: