Goods exports in first 8 months of 2015 increase nearly 11 pct


Croatia’s exports of goods in the first eight months of 2015, expressed in the national currency, increased 10.9 percent on the year, while imports increased 6.8%, the national statistical office said on Friday.

According to provisional data, exports in said period totalled HRK 56.2 billion, while imports stood at HRK 92.6 billion. The export-import ratio was 60.6%.

Expressed in euros, the export of goods in the first eight months of 2015 totalled EUR 7.4 billion and was 0.9% higher than in the first eight months of 2014, while imports went up 6.5% to EUR 12.15 billion.

Croatia exports 67.1% of its goods to the European Union where, in the first eight months of 2015, it exported EUR 4.9 billion, up 16.3% on the year. Imports from the EU increased 10.8% to EUR 9.45 billion.

Exports to Central European Free Trade Agreement countries in said period fell 2.2% to EUR 1.32 billion, while imports increased 7.8% to EUR 655 million.

Broken down by country, Croatia’s main trade partner is Italy, where EUR 997.3 million worth of goods were exported in the first eight months of 2015, a year-on-year increase of 5.2%, while imports increased 2.7% to EUR 1.6 billion.

Exports to Slovenia increased 18.9% to EUR 915.4 million, while imports increased 5.3% to EUR 1.3 billion.

Exports to Germany reached EUR 828.3 million, an increase of 10.1%, while imports increased 8.4% to EUR 1.8 billion.