Seasonally adjusted exports increased by €254 million to €9,238 million in April from €8,984 million in March while imports dropped by €565 million to €4,704 million from €5,269 million, preliminary figures showed.
Year-on-year, the non-seasonally adjusted value of exports went down €210 million or 2 percent to €9,404 million, led by lower sales of medical and pharmaceutical products (-11 percent) In contrast, exports of electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances rose 152 percent and food and live animals increased by 6 percent. The EU accounted for €4,705 million or 50 percent of total goods exports of which €1,223 million went to Belgium and €1,010 million to Great Britain. The US was the main non-EU destination accounting for €2,416 million or 26 percent of total exports.
Meanwhile, imports dropped sharply by €1,038 million or 18 percent to €4,599 million, mainly due to lower purchases of machinery specialised for particular industries (-52 percent) and mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials (-38 percent); while imports of road vehicles rose by 26 percent. The EU accounted for €2,860 million or 62 percent of the value of goods imports, with €1,200 million of total imports coming from the UK. The US with €563 million or 12 percent and China with €303 million or 7 percent were the main non-EU sources of imports.