Foreign trade of Latvia in August 2009

12.10.2009

In August 2009 the total foreign trade turnover at current prices reached 627.1 mln lats – more by 1.9% or 11.4 mln lats than a month before and less by 36.4% or 358.9 mln lats than in August last year, according to provisional data of Central Statistical Bureau.

In January – August 2009 foreign trade turnover value reached 5174.0 mln lats – less by 35.7 % or 2877.1 mln lats than in the same period of the last year. Of which exports value comprised 2183.9 mln lats – less by 26.5% or 787.1 mln lats, but imports value comprised 2990.1 mln lats – less by 41.1% or 2090.0 mln lats than a year ago.


Latvia’s foreign trade, mln lats1


1) Data on January, May and July 2009 have been revised.




Main commodities in Latvia’s foreign trade in August 2009, at current prices




Exports

Imports

Foreign trade balance, thsd lats (+,-)

thsd lats

% of total

% (+, -) over August 2008

thsd lats

% of total

% (+, -) over August 2008

Total

273 012

100

-27.0

354 149

100

-42.1

-81 137

Agricultural and food products (I-IV)

47 523

17.4

-17.7

68 224

19.3

-17.3

-20 701

Live animals and animal products (I)

12 891

4.7

-7.7

14 485

4.1

-12.4

-1 594

meat and offal (02)

1 549

0.6

-10.7

7 030

2.0

-3.7

-5 481

Fish (fresh, frozen, smoked) (03)

3 048

1.1

+50.1

3 448

1.0

-12.0

-400

dairy produce (04)

6 792

2.5

-27.8

3 230

0.9

-30.8

+3 562

Vegetation products (II)

11 364

4.2

-23.3

16 818

4.7

-15.8

-5 454

edible fruit and nuts (08)

814

0.3

-9.0

4 998

1.4

-10.3

-4 184

cereals (10)

3 527

1.3

-22.2

4 515

1.3

-9.0

-988

Prepared foodstuffs (IV)

22 606

8.3

-20.3

33 693

9.5

-20.1

-11 087

preparations of meat, or fish (16)

2 937

1.1

-35.8

1 512

0.4

-30.7

+1 425

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

1 073

0.4

-19.6

4 652

1.3

-25.3

-3 579

beverages, spirits and vinegar (22)

8 803

3.2

-32.2

7 489

2.1

-32.0

+1 314

tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (24)

3 217

1.2

+14.0

3 475

1.0

-16.9

-258

Mineral products (V) 1)

13 231

4.8

-7.3

57 048

16.1

-48.8

-43 817

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

11 991

4.4

-3.7

54 926

15.5

-48.1

-42 935

Products of the chemical and allied industries (VI)

24 401

8.9

-16.4

41 866

11.8

-26.7

-17 465

pharmaceutical products (30)

10 023

3.7

+6.0

20 072

5.7

-17.5

-10 049

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

8 769

3.2

-27.6

21 911

6.2

-27.5

-13 142

plastics and articles thereof (39)

6 854

2.5

-19.0

16 236

4.6

-28.6

-9 382

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

51 142

18.7

-14.9

5 619

1.6

-46.6

+45 523

wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (44)

51 093

18.7

-14.6

5 497

1.6

-46.5

+45 596

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

5 472

2.0

-1.8

10 341

2.9

-27.4

-4 869

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

3 565

1.3

-5.9

8 936

2.5

-26.5

-5 371

Textiles and textile articles (XI)

15 028

5.5

-30.1

19 002

5.4

-28.3

-3 974

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

5 389

2.0

-20.4

5 045

1.4

-21.7

+344

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

5 209

1.9

-31.9

6 440

1.8

-30.9

-1 231

Base metals and articles of base metals (XV)

31 569

11.6

-59.6

25 788

7.3

-59.6

+5 781

iron and steel (72)

14 257

5.2

-74.4

10 629

3.0

-68.1

+3 628

articles of iron or steel (73)

8 895

3.3

-34.9

8 022

2.3

-58.0

+873

Machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment (XVI)

33 152

12.1

-23.2

53 622

15.1

-51.4

-20 470

machinery and mechanical appliances (84)

18 160

6.7

-16.8

26 064

7.4

-60.8

-7 904

electrical machinery and equipment (85)

14 992

5.5

-29.8

27 558

7.8

-37.1

-12 566

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

22 097

8.1

-11.7

20 306

5.7

-59.3

+1 791

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

18 867

6.9

+12.3

15 218

4.3

-66.3

+3 649

Miscellaneous manufactured articles (XX)

8 498

3.1

-35.1

8 659

2.4

-48.6

-161

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

7 177

2.6

-24.4

4 878

1.4

-54.5

+2 299

Other goods

12 130

4.4

-13.2

21 763

6.1

-43.9

-9 633

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



In August 2009 the most significant share (75.1%) in Latvia’s export had export to the countries of European Union, followed by the export to CIS countries – 14.4%. Main export partners were Lithuania (17.8% of total export), Estonia (13.4%), Germany (10.3%), Russia (9.4%) and Sweden (7.1%).

In February 2009 the most significant share in Latvia’s import had import from the countries of European Union (76.5%), followed by the import from CIS countries – 14.1%. Main import partners were Lithuania (18.8% of total import), Germany (12.1%), Poland (8.4%), Russia (7.8%) and Estonia (7.5%).



More information on Latvia’s foreign trade by months and quarters by country groups and commodity groups can be obtained in the CSB data base section „Foreign trade” monthly/quarterly, annual data.

Prepared by the Foreign Trade Statistics Section
Lilita Laganovska
tel. 67366604