In March, exports value grew by 7.1 %

11.05.2016

Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in March 2016 as compared to February Latvia's foreign trade turnover at current prices increased by 9.6 %, of which exports value of goods rose by 7.1 % and imports value of goods – by 11.7 %. In March, Latvia exported goods in the amount of EUR 833.8 mln, and imported - in the amount of EUR 1 025.8 mln. As exports in total foreign trade value declined to 44.8 % (in February 2016 – 45.9 %), foreign trade balance slightly worsened.

Latvia’s foreign trade, mln EUR


Note: data on January, February, March and December 2015 have been revised

Main changes in exports in March, compared to February:

-       exports of products of the chemical and allied industries grew by EUR 22.1 mln or 38.1 %,

-       exports of mineral products increased by EUR 8.9 mln or 25.2 %,

-       exports of prepared foodstuffs rose by EUR 6.8 mln or 11.7 %,

-       exports of articles of stone, plaster, cement, glassware and ceramic products grew by EUR 6.4 mln or 32.6 %,

-       exports of machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment decreased by EUR 2.2 mln or 1.7 %,

Main changes in imports in March, compared to February:

-       imports of products of the chemical and allied industries grew by EUR 21.9 mln or 18.7 %,

-       imports of mineral products rose by EUR 17.9 mln or 25.2 %,

-       imports of machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment grew by EUR 10.5 mln or 5.5 %,

-       imports of vegetable products increased by EUR 10.4 mln or 22.9 %,

-       imports of prepared foodstuffs rose by EUR 10.4 mln or 13.4 %,

-       imports of textiles and textile articles decreased by EUR 1.7 mln or 3.8 %,

 

In March, Lithuania (with 16.4 % of total exports), Estonia (12.6 %), Germany (6.8 %) and Poland (6.3 %) were the main export partners in trade with the EU countries; in turn, Lithuania (with 16.3 % of total imports), Poland (11.4 %), Germany (10.0 %) and Estonia (8.4 %) were the main import partners of Latvia.

Foreign trade of Latvia by country group in March 2016, at current prices

 

Exports

Imports

 

EUR mln

% of

total

Changes as % over February 2016

mln EUR

% of

total

Changes as % over February 2016

Total

833.8

100

7.1

1 025.8

100

11.7

Member States of the European Union

611.3

73.3

6.8

806.4

78.6

11.2

   Euro area countries

400.6

48.0

3.0

569.4

55.5

8.8

CIS countries

87.3

10.5

19.2

112.4

11.0

6.9

Other countries

135.2

16.2

1.9

107.0

10.4

22.2

 

Russia was the main partner in trade with third countries; its share in total Latvian exports in March accounted for 6.3 %, and in imports – for 8.1 %.

 

Changes of main commodities in Latvia’s exports in March 2016, at current prices

 

thsd EUR

% of

total

Changes as % over

March 2015

February 2016

average of previous 12 months

Total

833 835

100

-4.9

7.1

-2.8

wood and wood products; wood charcoal

164 001

19.7

1.4

0.5

11.3

electrical machinery and equipment

72 182

8.7

-35.9

-9.8

-29.0

machinery and mechanical appliances

54 112

6.5

10.2

11.6

5.4

mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation

40 576

4.9

-29.4

26.9

-21.9

pharmaceutical products

39 458

4.7

28.6

26.7

40.7

vehicles other than railway or tramway

33 419

4.0

-20.8

11.5

-16.9

iron and steel

31 371

3.8

24.6

5.3

3.5

cereals

30 783

3.7

65.0

1.5

-13.8

articles of iron and steel

28 140

3.4

4.6

3.7

1.6

beverages, spirits and vinegar

25 702

3.1

14.6

13.8

-20.8

The rise in exports of cereals in March 2016 (as compared to March 2015) was affected by growth in exports of wheat and wheat and rye mix of EUR 10.1 mln or 57.4 %. In turn, drop in exports of mobile telephones of EUR 36.0 mln or 80.1 % influenced the decrease in imports of electrical machinery and equipment.

 

Changes of main commodities in Latvia’s imports in March 2016, at current prices

 

thsd EUR

% of

total

Changes as % over

March 2015

February 2016

average of previous 12 months

Total

1 025 829

100

-7.4

11.7

-0.7

machinery and mechanical appliances

103 673

10.1

2.9

15.9

1.8

electrical machinery and equipment

96 106

9.4

-25.2

-3.7

-21.0

mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation

85 841

8.4

-30.9

28.4

-26.0

vehicles other than railway

76 071

7.4

-7.5

4.6

-4.2

pharmaceutical products

51 388

5.0

2.2

-10.2

14.5

plastics and articles thereof

40 793

4.0

-10.4

13.0

-2.1

wood and wood products; wood charcoal

40 475

3.9

20.0

21.6

32.1

miscellaneous chemical products

32 143

3.1

25.1

2.6 times

2.4 times

iron and steel

27 849

2.7

-12.0

31.9

-17.4

beverages, spirits and vinegar

26 342

2.6

2.3

2.2

-7.6

Rise in imports of wood, wood products and wood charcoal in March 2016, as compared to March 2015, was affected by the increase in imports of sawn wood of EUR 2.2 mln or 26.9 %. In turn, drop in imports of mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation was mostly influenced by decrease in imports of diesel oil of EUR 30.8 mln or 47.9 %.

More information on foreign trade of Latvia by month and quarter, by country group and commodity group is available in the CSB data base section Foreign Trade.

 

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