International Trade Statistics, August 2019

  • 24/09/2019

The Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS) has released data on the flow of export and import in August 2019.

Data from the Kosovo International Trade show a lower trade deficit by 1.2% in August 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, amounting to 279.9 million euros compared to a deficit of 276.5 million euros in 2018. Exports cover imports by 10.2%.

Exports of goods in August 2019 reached 31.9 million euros, while imports reached 311.8 million euros, an increase by 4.7% for export and an increase by 1.6% for imports, compared to the same period in 2018.

According to the data of the main groups for exports: 34.1% of exports are base metals and articles thereof; 12.7% of exports comprise of prepared foodstuffs, beverages and tobacco; 12.5% ​​of exports consist of plastics, rubber and articles thereof; 10.9% of exports comprise of plant products; 7.9% of exports are made up of mineral products; 5.8% of exports comprise the various manufactured articles; 3.5% of exports comprise machinery, mechanical and electrical equipment, etc.

According to the data of the main groups for imports: 16.9% of imports are mineral products; 14.1% of imports comprise prepared foodstuffs, beverages and tobacco; 10.3% of imports comprise of machinery, mechanical and electrical equipment; 9.2% of imports are base metals and articles thereof; 8.6% of imports comprise means of transport; 6.4% of imports consist of plastics, rubber and articles thereof; 6.2% of imports are chemical products etc.

Kosovo's exports to EU countries 9.1 million euros, or about 28.6% of total exports, with a decrease by (-13.3%). The main partners for export of goods to the EU are: Germany (7.7%), UK (3.6%), Netherlands (3.4%), etc.

Kosovo's imports from EU countries reached about 160.0 million euros, or 51.3% of total imports, with an increase by 24.8%. The highest share of imports was from Germany (12.0%), Greece (7.0%), Italy (6.6%), Bulgaria (4.1%), Poland (3.6%), Slovenia (3.6%), etc.

In August 2019, Kosovo's exports to CEFTA countries amounted to 13.8 million euros, or 43.3% of total exports, with a decrease by (-10.4%). The main export partners from CEFTA countries are: Albania (18.5%), Macedonia (9.9%), Serbia (8.5%), and Montenegro (4.5%).

Imports from CEFTA countries in August 2019 reached 47.2 million euros, or 15.1% of total imports, with a decrease by (-47.9%). The countries with the highest share of imports were Albania (7.1%), Macedonia (7.1%), and Serbia (0.1%).

Kosovo's exports to other countries of the world reached 8.9 million euros, or 28.1%. The most important partners for export are India (15.4%) and Switzerland (8.2%).

Kosovo's imports with other countries of the world reached 104.5 million euros, or 33.5%. The countries with the highest share of imports in this group were Turkey (10.5%) and China (10.4%).