Imports rose 25% in first half of 2018
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09:54, 09 Aug 2018

In the first half of this year, Moldova received imports totaling over 2.7 billion dollars. This, according to the National Statistics Bureau, is by 25% more than in the similar period of last year. In June, imports stood at 450 million dollars, 9% down on the previous month, and 18% up on June 2017.

Accounting for more than half of the total, imports from EU countries amounted to 1.3 billion dollars, 30% up on January-June 2017. Imports from Commonwealth of Independent States countries totaled 637 million dollars (+17.4%) and had a share of 23.3% of the total.

Broken down by country, imports during this period rose from Portugal (+38.3%), Poland (+37.7%), Germany (+36,1%), Spain (+36,0%), Belgium (+33,2%), China (+30,1%), France (+29.4%), Romania (+28.9%), Italy (+25.9%), Russia (+23.7%), Ukraine (+13.9%), Turkey (+10.3%). At the same time, Moldova imported less from Macedonia (-48.0%), Belarus (-6.4%), and the United States (-4.9%).

Broken down by category of goods, imports rose of petroleum products and related, electrical equipment and parts, gas and gas-derived products, road vehicles, fruits and vegetables, telecommunication equipment and other. Imports dropped of electricity, sugar, honey, bags and travel accessories, plastic bags and similar, raw and processed tobacco, coal and charcoal.

During the same period, Moldovan exports totaled over 1.3 billion dollars, or 28% more than in the first half of 2017.

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