International Trade Statistics, December 2018
The Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS) has published data on flow of export and import in December 2018.
Data from Kosovo International Trade show a higher trade deficit by 2.1% in December 2018, compared to the same period of 2017, i.e. in the amount of 273,5 million euros, compared to the deficit of 267,8 million euros in 2017. Export covers import by (9.7%).
Exports of goods in December 2018 reached 29,4 million euros, while imports reached 302,9 million euros, which is a decrease by (-0.2%) for exports and an increase by 1.9% for imports compared to the same period of 2017.
According to the data of the main groups for export: 39.0% of exports are made up of base metals and articles thereof; 12.9% consists of prepared foodstuffs, beverages and tobacco; 11.5% consists of plastics, rubber and articles thereof; 8.5% consists of mineral products; 5.9% consists of plant products; 4.6% comprise different manufactured articles; 3.3% are made up of chemical industry products, etc.
According to the data of the main groups for import: 15.4% are mineral products; 14.8% consists of machinery, mechanical and electrical equipment; 12.4% comprise prepared foodstuffs, beverages and tobacco; 12.0% constitute the means of transport; 8.3% consists of base metals and articles thereof; 6.4% consists of chemical industry products; 5.1% consists of textiles and articles thereof; 5.0% are made up of plastics, rubber and articles thereof.
Kosovo's exports to EU countries reached 7,3 million euros, or about 25.0% of total exports, with an increase by 7.1%. The main partners for export in the EU are: Germany (6.7%), Holland (3.4%), Italy (2.8%), and Slovenia (2.3%).
Kosovo's imports from EU countries reached about 155,1 million euros, or 51.2% of total imports, with an increase by 12.7%. The highest share of imports were from Germany (13.1%), Italy (6.3%), Greece (5.9%), Slovenia (5.3), Poland (2.9%), etc.
In December 2018, Kosovo's exports to CEFTA countries reached 13,3 million euros, or 45.3% of total exports, with an increase by 11.8%. The main partners for export from CEFTA countries were: Albania (23.0%), Macedonia (10.8%), Serbia (5.6%), and Montenegro (4.6%).
Imports from CEFTA countries in December 2018 reached 42,3 million euros, or 14.0% of total imports, with a decrease by -46.8%. The countries with the highest participation of imports were: Macedonia (5.8%), Albania (5.7%) and Serbia (1.8%).
Kosovo's exports to other countries of the world reached 8,7 million euros, or 29.7%. The most important partners for export were India (19.0%) and Switzerland (5.7%).
Kosovo's imports to other countries of the world reached 105,4 million euros, or 34.8%. The countries with the highest share of imports in this group were: Turkey (10.7%) and China (9.8%).