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In August foreign trade turnover in goods was 11.3 % larger than last year

Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in August 2018 the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.55 billion, which at current prices was 11.3 % more than in August 2017, of which the exports value of goods was 7.8 % and imports value of goods was 14.0 % higher. In August, Latvia exported goods in the amount of EUR 1.08 billion but imported in the amount of EUR 1.47 billion. Compared to August 2017, foreign trade balance has worsened as exports in total foreign trade amount decreased from 43.6 % to 42.3 %.

Over the first eight months of this year, the foreign trade turnover of Latvia at current prices reached EUR 18.05 billion – EUR 1.61 billion or 9.8 % more than in the corresponding period of 2017. The exports value constituted EUR 8.0 billion (an increase of EUR 687.6 million or 9.4 %), whereas the imports value – EUR 10.05 billion (an upturn of EUR 924.4 million or 10.1 %).

Calendar and seasonally adjusted data at current prices show that, compared to August 2017, in August 2018 the exports value at current prices went up by 8.0 % and the imports value by 14.4 %, whereas, compared to the previous month, the exports value increased by 2.9 % and the imports value by 1.8 %.

Main changes in exports in August 2018, compared to August 2017:

  • exports of wood and articles of wood up by EUR 48.2 million or 30.9 %,
  • exports of vehicles and associated transport equipment up by EUR 15.6 million or 30.0 %,
  • exports of machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment up by EUR 12.8 million or 6.6 %,
  • exports of basic metals and articles of basic metals up by EUR 12.5 million or 14.2 %,
  • exports of vegetable products down by EUR 7.7 million or 12.6 %.

Main changes in imports in August 2018, compared to August 2017:

  • imports of mineral products up by EUR 108.0 million or 80.3 %,
  • imports of basic metals and articles of basic metals up by EUR 23.8 million or 25.9 %,
  • imports of wood and articles of wood up by EUR 11.3 million or 29.3 %,
  • imports of vehicles and associated transport equipment up by EUR 10.3 million or 7.2 %,
  • imports of prepared foodstuffs up by EUR 6.5 million or 5.2 %.

 

In August, the main export partners of Latvia in trade with EU countries were Lithuania (15.3 % of total exports), Estonia (11.9 %), Sweden (8.0 %) and Germany (7.2 %), whereas the main import partners were Lithuania (18.9 % of total imports), Germany (8.6 %), Poland (8.5 %) and Estonia (6.9 %).

Russia was the main partner in trade with third countries; its share in total Latvian exports in August accounted for 9.4 %, whereas in imports – for 12.3 %.

Foreign trade of Latvia by country group in August 2018,
(at current prices)

 

Exports

Imports

 

million EUR

% of

total

changes as %, compared to August 2017

million EUR

% of

total

changes as %, compared to August 2017

Total

1 078.3

100

7.8

1 473.3

100

14.0

European Union countries

762.4

70.7

12.5

1 016.7

69.0

4.7

euro area countries

504.0

46.7

10.1

746.2

50.6

3.0

CIS countries

139.1

12.9

-2.8

226.7

15.4

76.6

other countries

176.8

16.4

-1.6

229.9

15.6

19.4

 

Rise of exports of wood and wood products; wood charcoal in August 2018, as compared to August 2017, was affected by the increase in exports of round timber of EUR 17.1 million or 2.3 times. In turn, exports of pharmaceutical products dropped as exports of medicaments decreased by EUR 5.0 million or 17.0 %.

Main commodities in exports of Latvia in August 2018
(at current prices)

 

Thousand EUR

as % of

total

Changes as %, compared to

August 2017

July 2018

average of previous 12 months

Total

1 078 347

100

7.8

13.5

6.8

wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal

204 346

18.9

30.9

8.8

18.3

electrical machinery and equipment

106 300

9.9

-0.9

11.6

5.0

machinery and mechanical appliances

101 221

9.4

15.6

37.4

26.7

beverages, spirits and vinegar

63 747

5.9

7.6

29.8

21.8

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

54 368

5.0

7.8

-4.2

-5.0

iron and steel

41 363

3.8

21.8

-6.5

3.8

mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation

40 929

3.8

-0.1

-2.3

-1.6

articles of iron and steel

35 872

3.3

1.0

16.7

8.4

furniture, other furnishing articles; prefabricated buildings

31 477

2.9

-7.0

15.9

6.0

pharmaceutical products

27 741

2.6

-13.6

-9.7

-22.6

 

Rise of imports of mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation in August 2018, as compared to August 2017, was affected by the increase in imports of natural gas of EUR 66.5 million or 2.5 times. In turn, decline in imports of passenger cars by EUR 24.4 million or by 49.7 % significantly influenced the total imports of vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof.

Main commodities in imports of Latvia in August 2018
(at current prices)

 

Thousand EUR

as % of

total

Changes as %, compared to

August 2017

July 2018

average of previous 12 months

Total

1 473 287

100

14.0

8.7

19.6

mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation

235 759

16.0

81.9

2.1 time

2.3 times

machinery and mechanical appliances

147 006

10.0

-0.7

-20.9

-0.2

electrical machinery and equipment

131 949

9.0

0.8

4.5

2.2

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

77 516

5.3

-20.0

-26.9

-28.5

aircraft, spacecraft and parts thereof

65 131

4.4

47.7

0.1

2.7 times

beverages, spirits and vinegar

65 076

4.4

5.1

-2.9

30.3

iron and steel

56 416

3.8

53.1

11.0

13.7

plastics and articles thereof

54 513

3.7

1.6

1.0

5.5

pharmaceutical products

52 097

3.5

6.5

4.9

3.5

wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal

49 648

3.4

29.5

3.4

13.3

 

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More information on data:
Lilita Laganovska
Foreign
Trade Statistics Methodology, Analysis and Dissemination Section
E-mail: Lilita.Laganovska@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366604

 

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