ISLAMABAD    -   The imports of plastic materials witnessed increase of 11.20 per cent during the first month of current financial year 2020-21, as compared to the imports of last year. Pakistan imported plastic materials of worth $175.801 million during July 2020 as compared to the imports of $158.089 million during July 2019, showing growth of 11.20 per cent, according to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. In term of quantity, Pakistan imported 150,154 metric tonnes of plastic materials during the period under review as compared to the imports of 116,121 metric tonnes during corresponding period of last year, showing increase of 29.31 per cent in term of quantity. On month-on-month basis, the plastic materials imports also increased by 14.86 per cent during July 2020 as compared to the imports of $153.059 million in June 2020, the PBS data revealed. It is pertinent to mention here that the country trade deficit witnessed reduction of 8.32 per cent during the first two months current fiscal year (2020-21) as compared to the deficit of the corresponding period of last year. The deficit during July-August (2020-21) was recorded at $3.382 billion against the deficit of $3.689 billion, the data revealed. During the period under review, the country’s exports registered negative growth of 4.27 per cent, by going down from $3.744 billion last year to $3.584 billion during the current year. On the other hand, the imports witnessed decreased of 6.28 per cent, from $7.433 billion last year to $6.966 billion this year.