In July exports value of goods increased by 9%

09.09.2014

Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureaushow that in July 2014 compared to the previous month exports value of goods at current prices rose by 9.0%, and imports value of goods by 6.9%. In July Latvia exported goods in the amount of 848.4 mln euros, but imported - in the amount of 1,055.1 mln euros. In July foreign trade balance slightly improved as exports in total foreign trade value increased to 44.6% (in June 2014 – 44.1%).

Latvias foreign trade, in mln euros1

In July compared to June exports of machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment rose by 21.8 mln euros or 17.5%. The largest increase was observed in exports to Lithuania – by 7.4 mln euros or 27.0% (mainly exports of mobile phones) and to Russia – by 3.3 mln euros or 20.8% (mainly exports of fixed capacitors).  But imports of these goods grew by 47.4 mln euros or 26.3%: from China – by 10.0 mln euros or 86.9% (mainly imports of machines for the reception of voice, images or other data) and from Germany – by 7.9 mln euros or 37.3% (mainly imports of machines for working various hard materials).

Main changes in exports in July, compared to June:

-       exports of mineral products increased by 22.7 mln euros or 36.8%,

-       exports of wood and articles of wood rose by 16.2 mln euros or 11.2%,

-       exports of products of the chemical and allied industries reduced by 11.6 mln euros or 16.9%.

Main changes in imports in July, compared to June:

-       imports of plastics and articles thereof grew by 9.9 mln euros or 16.9%,

-       imports of textiles and textile articles increased by 6.8 mln euros or 15.5%,

-       imports of vehicles and associated transport equipment dropped by 20.3 mln euros or 25.0%.

Foreign trade of Latvia by country group in July 2014, at current prices

 

Exports

Imports

 

mln euros

% of

total

In % (+, -) over June 2014

mln euros

% of

total

In % (+, -) over June 2014

Total

848.4

100

+9.0

1 055.1

100

+6.9

Member States of the European Union

617.0

72.7

+10.1

837.8

79.4

+5.6

   Euro area countries

262.2

30.9

+8.2

449.1

42.6

+9.9

CIS countries

125.4

14.8

+3.0

120.4

11.4

+4.7

Other countries

106.1

12.5

+10.0

96.8

9.2

+23.4

In July main export partners were Lithuania (19.4% of total export), Estonia (11.5%), Germany (7.3%) and Poland (6.9%); main import partners were Lithuania (15.1% of total import), Poland (11.3%), Germany (10.7%), Estonia (8.4%) and Finland (5.8%). In July share of exports in trade with Russia comprised 11.1%, but in imports – 5.5%.

Changes of main commodities in Latvias export in July 2014, at current prices

 

thsd euros

% of total

% (+, -) over

July 2013

June 2014

average of previous 12 months

Total

848 430

100

+7.4

+9.0

+0.8

wood and wood products; wood charcoal

160 227

18.9

+31.3

+11.2

+14.3

electrical machinery and equipment

99 336

11.7

+22.3

+23.3

+14.6

mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation

77 350

9.1

-6.2

+38.9

+15.3

machinery and mechanical appliances

46 979

5.5

-3.4

+6.8

+7.8

beverages, spirits and vinegar

37 143

4.4

-10.4

+18.2

-9.5

iron and steel

36 596

4.3

+8.8

+19.5

+10.8

passenger cars

30 306

3.6

+8.9

+8.7

-4.4

articles of iron and steel

29 299

3.5

+30.5

+6.2

+5.1

dairy produce, eggs, natural honey

23 574

2.8

-1.0

-3.5

+0.5

plastics and articles thereof

22 990

2.7

+13.7

+8.1

+17.0

Rise of exports of wood and wood products, wood charcoal in July 2014, as compared to July 2013, was mostly affected by the increase in exports of sawn wood of 15.5 mln euros or 41.3%. But exports of beverages, spirits and vinegar reduced rapidly as exports of spirits dropped by 2.9 mln euros or 9.7%.

Changes of main commodities in Latvias import in July 2014, at current prices

 

 

thsd euros

% of

total

% (+, -) over

July 2013

June 2014

average of previous 12 months

Total

1 055 056

100

-3.5

+6.9

+0.5

mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation

134 202

12.7

-20.6

-2.9

-16.1

electrical machinery and equipment

124 824

11.8

+29.2

+29.0

+20.6

machinery and mechanical appliances

102 310

9.7

+3.9

+23.3

+13.1

passenger cars

57 104

5.4

-19.5

-11.4

-18.2

plastics and articles thereof

45 011

4.3

-2.5

+3.3

+7.8

pharmaceutical products

43 667

4.1

+6.9

+0.6

+1.3

iron and steel

39 872

3.8

+16.1

+4.8

+5.4

Rise of imports of electrical machinery and equipment in July 2014, as compared to July 2013, was mostly affected by the increase in imports of mobile phones of 12.6 mln euros or 46.7%. In its turn, reduction of imports of mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation was influenced by decrease of imports of diesel oil by 26.2 mln euros or 28.8%.

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” Short term statistical data.

 

1Data on April 2014 have been revised.

 

 

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