The Turkish Central Bank recorded a USD 4,063 million current account deficit in November 2020, an increase of USD 4,048 million on the deficit of USD 15 million for the same month of the previous year.
The Central Bank showed exports as USD 15,944 million and imports at USD 19,788 million in November 2020, giving a trade deficit of USD 3,844 million, an increase of USD 2,900 million (307.2%) on the trade deficit of USD 944 million of the same month of the previous year.
For the first eleven months of 2020, the current account deficit is USD 35,249 million, compared with a surplus of USD 9,602 million for the same period of the previous year.
With regards items of the current account, the Central Bank’s analysis was as follows :
“The current account deficit recorded USD 4,063 million deficit increasing by USD 4,048 million compared to the same month of 2019, bringing the 12-month rolling deficit to USD 37,974 million. This development is mainly driven by the net outflow of USD 3,844 million in the goods item increasing by USD 2,900 million, as well as the net inflow of USD 555 million in services item decreasing by USD 1,451 million compared to the same month of 2019. Gold and energy excluded current account indicated USD 632 million surplus, in comparison to USD 4,094 million surplus observed in the same month of 2019. Travel item under services recorded a net inflow of USD 583 million, decreasing by USD 964 million compared to the same month of 2019. Primary income recorded net outflow of USD 835 million decreasing by USD 338 million compared to the same month of 2019. Secondary income recorded net inflow of USD 61 million decreasing by USD 35 million compared to the same month of 2019.”
With regards the related Financial Account, the Central Bank’s analysis was as follows :
“Direct investment recorded a net inflow of USD 299 million. Portfolio investment recorded a net inflow of USD 1,298 million. As regards to sub-items through liabilities, non-residents’ equity securities and government domestic debt securities transactions recorded net purchase of USD 1,276 million and USD 607 million, respectively. Under other investment, banks’ currency and deposits within their foreign correspondent banks and non-resident banks’ deposits held within domestic banks increased by USD 1,118 million and USD 2,230 million, on net basis, respectively. Regarding the loans provided from abroad, banks, General Government and other sectors realized net repayments of USD 629 million, USD 35 million and USD 191 million, respectively. Official reserves recorded net outflow of USD 145 million.”
The current account surplus for 2019 was USD 6,909 million, which is a 132% improvement on the deficit of USD 21,623 million for 2018.