In May Russia's share in foreign trade of Latvia reduces

10.07.2014

Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureaushow that in May 2014 compared to previous month exports value of goods at current prices reduced by 3.6%, but imports value of goods by 5.0%.In May Latvia exported goods in amount of 809.4 mln euros, but imported - in amount of 988.4 mln euros. In April foreign trade balance slightly improved as exports in total foreign trade value increased to 45.0% (in April 2014 – 44.7%).

Latvias foreign trade, in mln euros1

In May, compared to April, exports to Russia decreased by 14.0 mln euros or 16.5%. Prepared foodstuffs experienced the largest drop – of 3.3 mln euros or 13.1%, vegetable products – of 2.7 mln euros or 61.4%, products of the chemical and allied industries – of 2.4 mln euros or 26.6%. But imports reduced by 20.5 mln euros or 23.7%, of which of transport vehicles and associated transport equipment – by 9.2 mln euros or 93.0% and of mineral products – by 5.2 mln euros or 14.6%.

In the result Russia's share in exports of Latvia in May reduced to 8.7% (10.1% in April), but in imports – to 6.7% (8.3% in April).

Main changes in exports in May, compared to April:

-       exports of vegetable products dropped by 21.7 mln euros or 56.3%,

-       exports of mineral products decreased by 9.4 mln euros or 12.5%,

-       exports of machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment fell by 8.5 mln euros or 6.3%,

-       exports of prepared foodstuffs reduced by 6.3 mln euros or 9.0%,

-       exports of basic metals and articles of basic metals grew by 15.0 mln euros or 17.1%.

Main changes in imports in May, compared to April:

-       imports of machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment fell by 15.2 mln euros or 7.8%,

-       imports of mineral products decreased by 9.2 mln euros or 6.1%,

-       imports of plastics and articles thereof dropped by 7.3 mln euros or 11.9%,

-       imports of vegetable products reduced by 6.7 mln euros or 14.9%,

-       imports of vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment increased by 3.7 mln euros or 5.5%.

Foreign trade of Latvia by country groups in May 2014, at current prices

 

Exports

Imports

 

mln euros

% of

total

In % (+, -) over April 2014

mln euros

% of

total

In % (+, -) over April 2014

Total

809.4

100

-3.6

988.4

100

-5.0

Member States of the European Union

595.2

73.5

-2.9

805.4

81.5

-2.3

   Euro area countries

256.5

31.7

-3.6

406.9

41.2

-0.4

CIS countries

108.8

13.4

-9.3

110.1

11.1

-15.4

Other countries

105.5

13.0

-0.9

72.9

7.4

-15.3

In May main export partners were Lithuania (17.9% of total export), Estonia (12.3%), Germany (7.2%) and Poland (6.8%), but main import partners were Lithuania (18.1% of total import), Germany (11.3%), Poland (11.2%) and Estonia (8.1%).

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

 

thsd euros

% oftotal

% (+, -) over

May 2013

April 2014

average of previous 12 months

Total

809 442

100

+0.7

-3.6

-3.8

wood and wood products; wood charcoal

153 224

18.9

+6.3

+0.9

+10.3

electrical machinery and equipment

86 930

10.7

-3.4

-5.8

-0.4

mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation

60 010

7.4

-9.9

-14.6

-12.4

iron and steel

52 046

6.4

+48.1

+37.2

+64.8

machinery and mechanical appliances

39 820

4.9

-8.3

-7.3

-9.5

articles of iron and steel

31 519

3.9

+23.0

+12.3

+15.9

pharmaceutical products

30 652

3.8

+35.1

+33.5

+19.3

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

29 855

3.7

-0.5

+6.7

+0.6

beverages, spirits and vinegar

27 118

3.4

-26.7

-17.7

-35.4

plastics and articles thereof

21 795

2.7

+3.5

+5.0

+12.6

Rise of exports of iron and steel in May 2014, as compared to May 2013, was mostly affected by the increase in exports of waste and scrap of cast iron of 17.0 mln euros or 2.5 times. But exports of beverages, spirits and vinegar reduced rapidly as exports of spirits dropped by 8.6 mln euros or 31.8%.

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

 

thsd euros

% of

total

% (+, -) over

May 2013

April 2014

average of previous 12 months

Total

988 438

100

-1.5

-5.0

-5.6

mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation

136 041

13.8

-8.3

-6.2

-16.0

electrical machinery and equipment

101 753

10.3

+5.4

-6.2

-1.8

machinery and mechanical appliances

78 690

8.0

-19.5

-9.7

-14.6

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

60 833

6.2

-16.2

+15.2

-12.2

pharmaceutical products

53 789

5.4

+38.8

+26.1

+30.9

plastics and articles thereof

41 750

4.2

-11.9

-5.1

-0.2

iron and steel

34 617

3.5

+11.0

-8.7

-6.4

Rise of imports of pharmaceutical products in May 2014, as compared to May 2013, was mostly affected by the increase in imports of pharmaceutical products by 7.8 mln euros or 25.7%. But decrease of imports of machinery and mechanical appliances was affected by fall in imports of excavators and similar machinery by 3.7 mln euros or 82.6%.

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” Short term statistical data.

1 Data on 2013 and February 2014 have been revised.

 

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