Foreign trade of Latvia in December 2009

09.02.2010

In December 2009 the total foreign trade turnover at current prices reached 701.3 mln lats – less by 1.8% or 12.9 mln lats than a month before and less by 15.5% or 129.0 mln lats than in December last year, according to provisional data of Central Statistical Bureau.

In 2009 foreign trade turnover value reached 8,205.3 mln lats – less by 31.4% or 3,751.3 mln lats than in 2008. Of which exports value comprised 3,571.6 mln lats – less by 19.4% or 857.3 mln lats, but imports value comprised 4,633.7 mln lats – less by 38.4% or 2,894.0 mln lats than in 2008.

Latvia’s foreign trade, mln lats1 
 

1) Data on July and September 2009 have been revised.

 

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


Exports

Imports

Foreign trade balance, thsd lats (+,-)

thsd lats

% of total

% (+, -) over December 2008

thsd lats

% of total

% (+, -) over December 2008

Total

315 796

100

+4.4

385 477

100

-27.0

-69 681

Agricultural and food products (I-IV)

61 792

19.6

-17.7

68 984

17.9

-26.8

-7 192

Live animals and animal products (I)

11 376

3.6

-20.7

11 090

2.9

-42.6

+286

meat and offal (02)

1 052

0.3

-19.0

4 709

1.2

-32.8

-3 657

dairy produce (04)

5 998

1.9

-8.7

2 978

0.8

-38.5

+3 020

Vegetation products (II)

24 440

7.7

-10.9

20 017

5.2

-10.5

+4 423

cereals (10)

17 559

5.6

-1.3

9 747

2.5

+3 times

+7 812

Prepared foodstuffs (IV)

25 315

8.0

-22.1

33 954

8.8

-27.8

-8 639

preparations of meat, or fish (16)

4 466

1.4

-40.9

1 572

0.4

-43.0

+2 894

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

1 217

0.4

-5.4

4 807

1.2

-29.4

-3 590

beverages, spirits and vinegar (22)

9 696

3.1

-23.0

7 300

1.9

-31.1

+2 396

tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (24)

752

0.2

-75.4

2 174

0.6

-45.8

-1 422

Mineral products (V) 1)

19 159

6.1

+60.2

78 613

20.4

-9.2

-59 454

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

18 463

5.8

+81.5

77 098

20.0

-7.9

-58 635

Products of the chemical and allied industries (VI)

29 949

9.5

-4.7

44 092

11.4

-17.5

-14 143

pharmaceutical products (30)

15 265

4.8

+25.5

24 831

6.4

-3.3

-9 566

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

7 464

2.4

+0.9

19 078

4.9

-5.4

-11 614

plastics and articles thereof (39)

6 320

2.0

+3.6

16 125

4.2

-0.8

-9 805

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

50 998

16.1

+29.3

5 105

1.3

-19.9

+45 893

wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (44)

50 967

16.1

+29.3

5 013

1.3

-20.0

+45 954

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

5 358

1.7

+13.2

11 186

2.9

-11.9

-5 828

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

3 373

1.1

-2.0

8 742

2.3

-12.1

-5 369

products of the printing industry; manuscripts (49)

1 819

0.6

+55.0

2 396

0.6

-11.4

-577

Textiles and textile articles (XI)

12 887

4.1

-11.1

15 002

3.9

-15.6

-2 115

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

2 940

0.9

-27.7

2 670

0.7

-28.7

+270

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

4 489

1.4

-19.1

2 863

0.7

-23.5

+1 626

Base metals and articles of base metals (XV)

42 378

13.4

+30.0

30 069

7.8

-35.8

+12 309

iron and steel (72)

28 107

8.9

+67.7

15 758

4.1

-42.5

+12 349

articles of iron or steel (73)

7 628

2.4

-14.1

7 680

2.0

-29.7

-52

Machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment (XVI)

45 960

14.6

-1.5

59 681

15.5

-38.5

-13 721

machinery and mechanical appliances (84)

21 922

6.9

-12.4

27 029

7.0

-55.2

-5 107

electrical machinery and equipment (85)

24 038

7.6

+11.0

32 653

8.5

-11.0

-8 615

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

17 715

5.6

+5.0

22 674

5.9

-50.1

-4 959

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

15 954

5.1

+9.3

19 368

5.0

-55.4

-3 414

Miscellaneous manufactured articles (XX)

11 098

3.5

+9.4

9 735

2.5

-44.8

+1 363

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

7 918

2.5

-7.6

6 622

1.7

-45.6

+1 296

toys, games and sporting inventory (95)

2 743

0.9

+2.5 times

2 232

0.6

-47.2

+511

Other goods

11 038

3.5

-5.1

21 258

5.5

-28.3

-10 220

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

 

In December 2009 the most significant share (69.9%) in Latvia’s export had export to the countries of European Union, followed by the export to CIS countries – 14.2%. Main export partners were Lithuania (16.1% of total export), Estonia (14.6%), Russia (9.3%), Germany (6.7%) and Sweden (5.7%).

In December 2009 the most significant share in Latvia’s import had import from the countries of European Union (73.2%), followed by the import from CIS countries – 19.0%. Main import partners were Lithuania (18.6% of total import), Russia (13.4%), Germany (12.6%), Poland (7.8%) and Estonia (6.5%).

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