International Trade Statistics, March 2019
The Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS) has published data on flow of export and import in March 2019.
Data from Kosovo International Trade Statistics indicate a higher trade deficit by 13.4% in March 2019, compared to the same period of 2018, i.e. in the amount of 259.6 million euros, compared to the deficit of 228.9 million euros in 2018. Export covers import by 10.2%.
Exports of goods in March 2019 reached 29.5 million euros, while imports reached 289.1 million euros, an increase by 11.8% for exports and an increase by 13.2% for imports, compared with the same period of 2018.
According to the data of the main groups for export: 33.5% of exports are made up of base metals and articles thereof; 13.8% consists of plastics, rubber and articles thereof; 12.7% are mineral products; 10.6% consists of prepared foodstuff, beverages and tobacco; 5.1% consists of machinery, mechanical and electrical equipment; 5.1% consists of different manufactured articles; 4.2% are plant products, etc.
Meanwhile, according to the data of main groups for import: 13.4% are mineral products; 11.7% consists of basic metals and articles thereof; 11.3% consists of prepared foodstuff, beverages and tobacco; 10.4% consists of machinery, mechanical and electrical equipment; 9.4% constitute the means of transport; 8.1% consists of chemical industry products; 7.3% are made up of plastics, rubber and articles thereof, etc.
Kosovo's exports to EU countries reached 12.4 million euros, or about 42.0% of total exports, an increase by 37.0%. The main partners for export in the EU are: Germany (8.3%), Finland (7.1%), Netherlands (4.1%), Great Britain (2.8%), Italy (2.7%), and Slovenia (2.7).
Kosovo's imports from EU countries reached about 145.2 million euros, or 50.2% of total imports, with an increase by 37.1%. The highest share of imports were from Germany (13.9%), Greece (6.9%), Italy (4.9%), Slovenia (3.0%), and Bulgaria (2.7%
In March 2019, Kosovo's exports to CEFTA countries reached 13.9 million euros, or 47.3% of total exports, with an increase by 2.1%. The main partners for export from CEFTA countries are: Albania (18.6%), Macedonia (14.2%), Montenegro (7.1%), and Serbia (5.3%).
While imports from CEFTA countries in March 2018 reached 43.5 million euros, or 15.1% of total imports, down by (-34.1%). The countries with the highest share of imports were Macedonia (7.3%), Albania (7.0%) and Serbia (0.2%).
Kosovo's exports to other countries of the world amounted to 3.1 million euros, or 10.7%. Switzerland (7.1%) is the most important partner of these countries for export.
Kosovo's imports to other countries of the world reached 100.3 million euros, or 34.7%. The countries with the highest share of imports in this group were Turkey (13.2%) and China (10.4%).