In February foreign trade turnover grew by 10.8 %

11.04.2016

Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in February 2016 as compared to January Latvia's foreign trade turnover at current prices increased by 10.8 %, of which exports value of goods rose by 9.5 % and imports value of goods – by 11.8 %. In February Latvia exported goods in the amount of EUR 778.5 mln, and imported - in the amount of EUR 918.0 mln. As exports in total foreign trade value declined to 45.9 % (in January 2016 – 46.4 %), foreign trade balance slightly worsened.

Latvia’s foreign trade, mln EUR

Data source: CSB, ATD200. EXPORTS AND IMPORTS BY  COUNTRY IN 2000-2015 (CN at 2-digit level, euros)
Notes: data on November 2015 have been revised

Main changes in exports in February, compared to January:

  • exports of wood and articles of wood grew by EUR 26.6 mln or 19.4 %,
  • exports of machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment rose by EUR 18.9 mln or 17.3 %,
  • exports of basic metals and articles of basic metals grew by EUR 16.2 mln or 29.6 %,
  • exports of prepared foodstuffs rose by EUR 7.9 mln or 15.7 %,
  • exports of vegetable products dropped by EUR 7.6 mln or 11.9 %.

Main changes in imports in February, compared to January:

  • imports of products of the chemical and allied industries grew by EUR 23.5 mln or 25.0 %,
  • imports of machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment rose by EUR 21.6 mln or 12.9 %,
  • imports of vehicles and associated transport equipment increased by EUR 19.5 mln or 35.2 %,
  • imports of prepared foodstuffs rose by EUR 11.5 mln or 17.5 %,
  • imports of mineral products dropped by EUR 44.6 mln or 38.5 %.

In February main export partners in trade with the EU countries were Lithuania (16.4 % of total export), Estonia (12.6 %), Germany (7.4 %) and the United Kingdom (5.7 %); main import partners were Lithuania (16.6 % of total imports), Germany (12.1 %), Poland (11.3 %) and Estonia (7.9 %).

Foreign trade of Latvia in February 2016 by country group, at current prices

 

Exports

Imports

 

mln EUR

% of

total

Changes as % over January

mln EUR

% of

total

Changes as % over January

Total

778.5

100

9.5

918.0

100

11.8

Member States of the European Union

572.6

73.6

8.1

725.2

79.0

16.8

   Euro area countries

389.0

50.0

10.2

523.2

57.0

16.0

CIS countries

73.3

9.4

29.7

105.2

11.5

-14.3

Other countries

132.6

17.0

6.5

87.6

9.5

13.9

The main partner in trade with third countries was Russia, the share of which in total Latvian exports in February accounted for 6.0 %; in imports – for 8.3 %.

Changes of main commodities in Latvia’s exports in February 2016, at current prices

 

thsd EUR

% of

total

Changes as % over

February 2015

January 2016

average of previous 12 months

Total

778 499

100

-1.2

9.5

-9.3

wood and wood products; wood charcoal

163 195

21.0

20.8

19.5

12.3

electrical machinery and equipment

79 993

10.3

-37.5

7.5

-24.1

machinery and mechanical appliances

48 509

6.2

0.4

38.0

-5.5

mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation

31 976

4.1

-44.7

-14.9

-41.2

pharmaceutical products

31 138

4.0

13.5

13.6

12.5

cereals

30 324

3.9

2.1 times

-30.2

-11.9

vehicles other than railway or tramway

29 969

3.8

-12.9

0.1

-25.8

iron and steel

29 785

3.8

63.9

61.2

2.0

articles of iron and steel

27 133

3.5

12.1

12.7

-1.7

beverages, spirits and vinegar

22 576

2.9

-0.8

35.6

-30.5

The rise in exports of cereals in February 2016 (as compared to February 2015) was affected by growth of EUR 19.2 mln or 3.2 times in exports of wheat and wheat and rye mix. In turn, exports of products of distillation of mineral oils witnessed decrease, as exports of diesel oil decreased by EUR 27.1 mln or 74.1 %.

Changes of main commodities in Latvia’s imports in February 2016, at current prices

 

thsd EUR

% of

total

Changes as % over

February 2015

January 2016

average of previous 12 months

Total

917 971

100

-5.0

11.8

-11.3

electrical machinery and equipment

99 845

10.9

-18.8

-5.0

-19.3

machinery and mechanical appliances

89 446

9.7

8.7

42.7

-11.1

vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof

72 704

7.9

7.2

35.5

-6.7

mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation

66 851

7.3

-30.3

-40.0

-43.5

pharmaceutical products

57 219

6.2

35.6

32.7

30.3

plastics and articles thereof

36 104

3.9

-9.2

16.7

-14.2

wood and wood products; wood charcoal

33 296

3.6

11.0

25.6

8.8

beverages, spirits and vinegar

25 783

2.8

21.7

42.0

-7.5

paper and paperboard; articles thereof

22 640

2.5

-1.6

18.0

2.6

iron and steel

21 110

2.3

-58.7

-28.0

-41.8

Growth of imports of pharmaceutical products in February 2016, as compared to February 2015, was mostly affected by increase in imports of medicines of EUR 7.6 mln or 23.4 %. In turn, decline in imports of iron and non-alloy steel of EUR 29.0 mln or of 67.5 % had the most significant effect on imports of iron and steel.

More information on foreign trade of Latvia by month and quarter, by country group and commodity group is available in the CSB data base section Foreign Trade.

 

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