The largest exports of Christmas trees was in 2014
Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2014 Latvia exported 18.2 thsd Christmas trees in amount of 248.2 thsd euros. As compared to 2013, exports value of Christmas trees has increased almost 7 times. In ten months of 2015 Christmas trees have not been exported yet, but 72 Christmas trees have been imported in amount of 297 euros. Within the last three years exports value of Christmas trees significantly bypasses imports value.
Indicators of exports of Christmas trees in the last decade have been very variable – until 2008 exports increased, as exports value reached 110.8 thsd euros. From 2009 until 2011 significant drop of exports of Christmas trees was observed. Indicators significantly grew in 2012, as exports value reached 154.3 thsd euros and bypassed precrisis level in 2008.
Over the last decade Christmas trees were mainly exported to Russia. In 2014, 17.7 thsd Christmas trees in amount of 246.6 thsd euros were exported to Russia. The second most important exports partner is Estonia, and the largest exports to this country was in 2009 (in amount of 4.3 thsd euros). From 2009 Latvia periodically exports Christmas trees also to Norway, Croatia and in a small amount – to Lithuania.
In 2014, Latvia imported 1.7 thsd Christmas trees in amount of 8.9 thsd euros. The largest imports of Christmas trees was in 2005, imports value reached 33.7 thsd euros, but in 2013 there were no Christmas trees imported.
In 2014 Christmas trees from Germany were imported in amount of 4.5 thsd euros, from Netherlands – in amount of 3.7 thsd euros and from Estonia – in amount of 0.7 thsd euros. From 2005 until 2008 Christmas trees were imported only from Germany and Lithuania, but from 2009 until 2012 the most important partner country was Denmark.
|Foreign trade of Christmas trees in 2005-2014 (thsd euros)|
Data source:Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia
In 2013 total area of Christmas tree farms in Latvia comprised 17 hectares. Over the last decade the largest total area of Christmas tree farms was in 2005 – 51 hectare, but in 2007 it reduced significantly. Exclusion was in 2010 when total area of Christmas tree farms increased reaching 26 hectares.
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