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Export Performance

In the first half of 2019, exports of goods reached the value of ALL 152 billion, decreasing by 3.7%, compared to a year ago, while imports of goods reached the value of ALL 318 billion, increasing by 2.6 %, compared to a year ago. The trade deficit reached ALL 165 billion, increasing by 9.2%, compared to the same period of 2018.

Export Structure

Exports during this semester decreased by -3.7%, compared to a year ago. The groups that have negatively affected the annual decrease of exports are: "Minerals, fuels, electricity" by -4.5 percentage points, "Construction materials and metals" by -1.8 percentage points, "Textiles and footwear" by -0.7 percentage points.

The annual change of exports was positively influenced by the group: "Machinery, equipment, spare parts" with +1.2 percentage points.

Import structure

Imports during this semester have increased by 2.6%, compared to the first half of 2018. The groups that have had a positive impact on the annual growth of imports are: "Minerals, fuels, electricity" with +2.7 percentage points, "Construction materials and metals" with +0.9 percentage points, "Food, beverages, tobacco" with +0.2 percentage points.

Trade exchanges

Trade exchanges, for the first half of 2019, with EU countries,cover 65.2% of all trade. In the period January - June 2019, exports to EU countries covered 76.6% of total exports and imports from EU countries covered 59.7% of total imports.

The main trading partners are: Italy (33.7%), Greece (7.4%), China (6.9%) and Germany (6.2%).

Export Destination

During this semester, the countries with which Albania has had the largest increase in exports, compared to a year ago, are: Kosovo (28.7%), Germany (2.8%), and Northern Macedonia (4, 2%).

While the countries with which exports have had the largest decline are: Italy (-0.9%), Spain (-24.7%) and Greece (-6.5%).

Imports Destination

During the first half of the year, the countries with which Albania has had the largest increase in imports, compared to a year ago, are: China (22.5%), Greece (10.2%) and Turkey (6.5 %).

While the countries with which imports have had the largest decrease are: Italy (-8.0%), Germany (-12.9%) and Spain (-12.1%).

Level of exports and imports June 2019

Exports of goods in June 2019 reached the value of ALL 25 billion, decreasing by 4.4%, compared to the same period a year earlier and by 8.2%, compared to May 2019.

Imports of goods in June reached the value of ALL 53 billion, decreasing by 1.5%, compared to a year ago and by 9.6%, compared to May 2019.

This month, the trade deficit is ALL 28 billion, increasing by 1.4%, compared to June 2018 and decreasing by 10.8%, compared to May 2019.

Trade exchanges with EU countries cover 65.7% of all trade. In June 2019, exports to EU countries covered 76.4% of total exports and imports from EU countries covered 60.6% of total imports.

The main trading partners are: Italy (34.7%), Greece (7.7%), China (6.6%), and Germany (6.3%).

Foreign trade of goods by some EU countries, June 2019

Presentation of Exports and Imports for the first 6 months of 2019