Foreign trade of Latvia

09.02.2012

 

In 2011, foreign trade turnover value reached LVL 13 599.3 million – 28.2% or LVL 2 992.5 million more than in 2010 according to provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau. Of which export value comprised LVL 6 012.0 million – an increase of 28.1% or LVL 1317.1 million, whereas import value constituted LVL 7 587.3 million – 28.3% or LVL 1 675.4 million more than in 2010.

In December 2011 the total foreign trade turnover at current prices comprised LVL 1 144.6 million  – 4.7% or LVL 56.1 million less than in the previous month and 6.3% or LVL 67.9 million more than in December 2010.

As compared to the previous month, in December 2011 export value decreased by 8.2% and import value - by 1.8%.Export decline was mostly affected by decrease of LVL 11.9 million or 15.2% in export of base metals and articles of base metals, of LVL 10.1 million or 11.5% in export of wood and articles of wood, and of LVL 9.3 million or 36.2% in export of vegetation products. In its turn, import decline was mostly influenced by decrease of LVL 15.6 million or 22.8% in import of electrical machinery and equipment, as well as of LVL 4.7 million or 4.8% in import of agricultural goods and food products.

Foreign trade of Latvia, million LVL1

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1) Data on January, February, July and September 2011 have been revised.

 

Main commodities in Latvia’s foreign trade in December 2011, at current prices

 

Export

Import

Foreign trade balance, thousand LVL  (+,-)

thousand LVL

% of

total

% (+, -)

over

December

 2010

 

thousand LVL

% of

total

% (+, -)

     over

December 2010

Total

498 117

100

+13.5

646 464

100

+1.4

-148 347

Agricultural and food products (I-IV)

87 764

17.6

-2.5

91 893

14.2

-0.9

-4 129

Live animals and animal products (I)

24 347

4.9

+25.1

21 199

3.3

-7.5

+3 148

 

meat and offal (02)

2 234

0.4

-9.8

7 087

1.1

+3.0

-4 853

 

fish (fresh, frozen, smoked) (03)

5 262

1.1

+4.1

7 901

1.2

+6.4

-2 639

 

dairy produce, eggs (04)

11 884

2.4

+21.6

5 448

0.8

-21.6

+6 436

Vegetation products (II)

16 416

3.3

-49.7

22 622

3.5

-14.2

-6 206

 

edible fruit and nuts (08)

2 672

0.5

+24.2

7 460

1.2

-4.0

-4 788

 

cereals (10)

6 181

1.2

-70.4

2 304

0.4

-63.6

+3 877

 

oilseeds (12)

3 897

0.8

-28.8

4 804

0.7

+86.7

-907

Prepared foodstuffs (IV)

45 220

9.1

+25.1

40 974

6.3

+5.9

+4 246

 

preparations of meat, or fish (16)

7 267

1.5

+20.8

2 993

0.5

+16.3

+4 274

 

miscellaneous edible preparations (incl. coffee, tea, etc.)(21)

1 617

0.3

+5.8

5 842

0.9

+18.5

-4 225

 

beverages, spirits and vinegar (22)

23 837

4.8

+40.3

10 404

1.6

+13.2

+13 433

 

tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (24)

1 528

0.3

-26.2

2 402

0.4

-25.4

-874

Mineral products (V) 1)

41 777

8.4

+75.1

126 349

19.5

+21.7

-84 572

 

 

mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation (27)

38 718

7.8

+76.6

124 240

19.2

+21.7

-85 522

Products of the chemical and allied industries (VI)

36 969

7.4

+14.8

66 097

10.2

+6.0

-29 128

 

pharmaceutical products (30)

17 516

3.5

-9.3

31 939

4.9

-9.5

-14 423

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof (VII)

14 162

2.8

+9.5

31 922

4.9

+31.6

-17 760

 

plastics and articles thereof (39)

11 095

2.2

+20.1

23 706

3.7

+30.3

-12 611

Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; cork and articles of cork; manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials (IX)

78 109

15.7

+9.1

8 947

1.4

+12.9

+69 162

 

wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (44)

78 010

15.7

+9.0

8 910

1.4

+15.6

+69 100

Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; paper and paperboard and articles thereof (X)

11 523

2.3

+24.6

15 424

2.4

+10.3

-3 901

 

paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (48)

6 682

1.3

+25.6

13 923

2.2

+10.6

-7 241

 

products of the printing industry; manuscripts (49)

4 467

0.9

+29.8

1 479

0.2

+9.9

+2 988

Textiles and textile articles (XI)

18 836

3.8

+0.2

21 800

3.4

+22.0

-2 964

 

knitted or crocheted fabrics (60)

1 188

0.2

+28.0

1 587

0.2

+47.0

-399

 

articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (61)

5 114

1.0

-4.9

3 736

0.6

+15.6

+1 378

 

 

articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (62)

6 362

1.3

+9.7

5 941

0.9

+57.9

+421

Base metals and articles of base metals (XV)

66 284

13.3

+1.4

63 710

9.9

+10.3

+2 574

 

iron and steel (72)

39 715

8.0

-2.3

34 346

5.3

-2.0

+5 369

 

articles of iron or  steel (73)

14 014

2.8

-1.5

15 748

2.4

+28.6

-1 734

Machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment (XVI)

70 729

14.2

+13.5

116 096

18.0

+19.2

-45 367

 

machinery and mechanical appliances (84)

29 759

6.0

+10.4

63 295

9.8

+29.3

-33 536

 

electrical machinery and equipment (85)

40 970

8.2

+15.9

52 801

8.2

+9.0

-11 831

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment (XVII)

39 536

7.9

+72.4

59 521

9.2

+49.8

-19 985

 

 

vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (87)

30 034

6.0

+41.5

53 979

8.3

+54.6

-23 945

Miscellaneous manufactured articles (XX)

13 931

2.8

+25.7

14 886

2.3

+6.9

-955

 

 

furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings (94)

11 509

2.3

+29.2

9 239

1.4

+7.7

+2 270

Other goods

18 497

3.7

-0.1

29 819

4.6

-71.9

-11 322

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¹) This group includes useful minerals, oil and oil products, natural gas and electricity.

In December 2011, the most significant share (72.6%) in Latvia’s export had export to the countries of the European Union, followed by export to the CIS countries – 16.6%. The main export partners were Lithuania (18.3% of total export), Estonia (14.3%), Russia (11.3%), Germany (7.6%) and Poland (7.4%).

In December 2011, the most significant share in Latvia’s import had import from the countries of the European Union (77.9%), followed by import from the CIS countries – 14.9%. The main import partners were Lithuania (19.6% of total import), Germany (11.8%), Russia (9.7%), Estonia (8.0%) and Poland (7.6%).

More information on Latvia’s foreign trade by month and quarter, by country group and commodity group is available in the CSB data base section Foreign trade monthly/quarterly data.


Prepared by Foreign Trade Statistics Methodology Analysis and Dissemination Section
Lilita Laganovska
Tel. 67366604