On changes of unit value of foreign trade in 2009

25.02.2010

Compared to corresponding period of 2008, the unit value (UV) for exported goods in the 4th quarter of 2009 decreased by 6.4% and for imported goods – by 9.0%, according to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia. But in comparison with the previous quarter, unit value of exported goods grew by 3.0%, and of imported commodities – by 2.2%.

In 2009 average level of export unit value reduced by 9.9% and average level of import unit value – by 6.4%, if compared to 2008.

Unit value changes compared to corresponding quarter of previous year

Compared to the previous quarter, in the 4th quarter of 2009 UV growth of products of the chemical and allied industries, wood and articles of wood, prepared foodstuffs (including beverages and tobacco), base metals and articles of base metals, as well as of textiles and textile articles had the greatest increasing impact on the average level of export unit value.

Compared to the previous quarter, the UV increase of transport vehicles, products of chemical and allied industries, mineral products, as well as of prepared foodstuffs (including beverages and tobacco) had the greatest impact on the average level of import unit value in the 4th quarter of 2009.

Changes of unit values by main commodity groups, (%)


 

Unit value changes in 4th quarter of 2009
compared to

4th quarter of 2008

3rd quarter of 2009

exports

imports

exports

imports

Total

-6.4

-9.0

3.0

2.2

Prepared foodstuffs (incl. beverages and tobacco products)

-1.2

-5.6

4.8

2.7

Mineral products

-16.2

-22.3

-5.5

1.7

Products of the chemical and allied industries

-5.4

-1.6

17.2

2.1

Plastics and articles thereof

-4.0

-8.5

-1.6

0.6

Wood and wood products

-13.6

-4.8

5.1

-0.3

Textiles and textile articles

-1.6

-3.0

5.0

1.3

Base metals and articles of base metals

-15.6

-15.2

2.9

0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment

-6.0

-7.8

-0.1

-4.6

Transport vehicles

7.3

2.2

-0.6

22.3

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

-14.8

-8.8

-4.2

-8.4


More detailed information is available in the CSB data base. Press release on changes of unit value of foreign trade in the 1st quarter of 2010 will be published on 31 May 2010.

Prepared by Producer Price Indices Section
Tatjana Ballode
Tel. 67366813