INSTAT: Export and imports upward trend through 2018

IN 2018, exports of goods amounted to 310 billion ALL, undergoing an increase of 13.7% as compared to past year, while imports reached to 641 ALL, undergoing an increase of 2.4% compared to 2017.
According to INSTAT, more than half of exports were realized in 2018 by the top 50 largest enterprises, while more than half of the imports are carried out by the top 100 largest enterprises.
In 2018, the share of exports to EU countries is 76% of goods exports, reaching 237 billion ALL. Exports to EU countries increased by 12.5% compared to 2017, while the share of imports from EU countries was 61% of goods’ imports, reaching to 391 billion ALL.
Imports from these countries grew by 1.3% compared to 2017. In 2018, Albania’s main partner for exports and imports continues to be Italy. The value of exports to Italy is 149 billion ALL, increased by 2.1% compared to 2017, while the value of imports from Italy 175 billion ALL, decreasing 2.2% compared to 2017.
The number of exporting enterprises in 2018 is 3,039, increasing by 2,6% compared to 2017. While the number of importing enterprises is 11,306 enterprises, increasing by 5,6% compared to 2017.
In 2018, enterprises operating in the industry dominate exporting enterprises. These enterprises carry 83% of the value of exports, increasing by 15.9% compared to 2017. Businesses operating in trade dominate the importing enterprises in 2018. These enterprises take 56% of the value of imports, increasing by 4.2%, compared with 2017.
“Processed products” occupy most of the exported and imported products during 2014-2018.
In 2018, the share of exports of these products is 80%, increased by 9.4% compared to 2017.
Even for 2018, more than half of exports are carried out by the largest 50 enterprises (58%). The weight of these enterprises operating in the industry is 56%, while the share of enterprises operating in commerce is 65%. In the period 2014-2017, more than half of the imports were concentrated in the 100 largest enterprises. More than half of the imports are carried out by the largest 100 enterprises (56%) during 2018.
The weight of these enterprises operating in the industry is 62%, while the share of enterprises operating in commerce is 51%. “Clothing products” (25%), as well as “Basic metal products” (15%). While the weight of imports of processed products is 90%, increasing by 3.4% compared to 2017. Products with the main weight in “Processed Products” are: “Food Products” (11%) and “Coke and refined petroleum products “(9%).
During the 5-year period (2014-2018) there is a growing trend of exports and imports. In 2018, exports of goods were ALL 310 billion, undergoing an increase of 13.7% compared to 2017, while imports of goods reached ALL 641 billion, increasing by 2.4% compared to 2017.
The share of exports to EU countries is 76% of total exports of goods, reaching 237 billion ALL. Exports to EU countries increased by 12.5% compared to 2017, while the share of imports from EU countries was 61% of goods imports, reaching 391 billion ALL, increased by 1.3%, compared with 2017.
In 2018, exports in value have increased considerably towards Italy, Kosovo and Spain, while Greece, China and Turkey have had a growing import. The number of exporting enterprises in 2018 is 3,039, increasing by 2,6% compared to 2017, while the number of importing enterprises is 11,306, increasing by 5,6% compared to 2017.

/Klara Ruci/

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