The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) said on Wednesday that exports had exceeded the RM80bil mark for the third time in 2017.
Imports rose by 20.9% to RM71.85bil, exceeding the forecast of a 20% increase.
“Trade surplus widened to RM10.56bil, the highest value since April 2016, making it the 240th consecutive month of trade surplus since November 1997.
“On a month-on-month (m-o-m) basis, total trade, exports and imports expanded by 4.3%, 5.3% and 3.2%, respectively,” it said.
Total trade for the first 10 months of 2017 amounted to RM1.465 trillion, expanding by 21.5% from the previous corresponding period.
Exports totalled RM772.66bil, an increase of 21.1% while imports stood at RM692.51bil, rose by 21.9%.
Malaysia recorded a trade surplus of RM80.15bil, up 14.4% from a year ago.