Croatia's exports increased by 3.4% in the first half of 2016, compared with the same period of 2015, to HRK 43.55 billion, while imports went up by 4.1% to HRK 71.9 billion, the National Bureau of Statistics (DZS) said on Thursday.
The trade deficit was HRK 28.5 billion, which was an increase of 1.4 billion or 5.3% compared with the first half of 2015. Coverage of imports by exports was 60.4%.
Viewed in euros, exports rose by 4.4% to EUR 5.7 billion, while imports went up by 5.2% to EUR 9.5 billion. The trade gap was EUR 3.8 billion.
Croatia's main trading partner was the European Union. Exports to the EU increased by 2.9% to HRK 29.3 billion and imports from the EU rose by 5.5% to HRK 57.2 billion.
Exports to CEFTA (Central European Free Trade Agreement) countries reached HRK 7 billion, down 3.7%, while imports from those countries increased by 16.3% to HRK 4.1 billion.
Germany, Italy and Slovenia remain Croatia's most important trading partners.
(EUR 1 = HRK 8.48)