Croatia's commodity exports in the first nine months of 2015 increased by 10.5% from the same period of 2014, while the import growth rate was 5.5%, show preliminary statistics released by the national bureau of statistics (DZS) on Monday.
The data show that in the first nine months of this year Croatia exported HRK 64.12 billion worth of goods, 10.5% or 6.09 billion more than in the same period last year. The commodity export growth rate was slightly lower than the one for the first eight months, when exports grew 10.9%.
In the same period Croatia imported HRK 104.5 billion worth of goods, 5.5% or HRK 5.4 billion more than in the first nine months of 2014.
The foreign trade deficit was HRK 40.4 billion, a drop of 1.6% or 663.3 million compared to the end of September 2014.
The export-import ratio was 61.3%, an increase of 2.8 percentage points from last year's 58.5%.
Exports to other EU countries in the first nine months grew 15% from the same period of 2014, reaching HRK 42.3 billion. Exports to non-EU countries grew 2.7% to HRK 21.75 billion.
Commodity imports from other EU countries totalled HRK 80.8 billion, up 8.8% from last year, while imports from non-EU countries dropped 4.5% to HRK 23.7 billion.
(EUR 1 = HRK 7.6)