Economic agents of Moldova exported goods worth US$505.2 million in January-March, which is 6.7% more than in the analogous period of 2011. However, re-exports made about a half of total supplies abroad – US$217.2 million.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, exports to the European Union grew by 5.8% over the year (to US$252.6 million), and to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) member countries by 14.3% (to US$201.1 million).
Among main consumers of Moldovan products, there is Russia with US$147.6 million (up 26.5%), Romania with US$81.9 million (up 9.2%) and Italy with US$55.2 million (up 20.6%).
The list of basic elements of Moldovan exports include industrial goods (US$123.6 million), foodstuff (US$101.9 million), machinery and equipment for transport (US$88.4 million).
Moldovan imports went up 9.7% and exceeded US$1.204 billion over the year. Within the structure of imports, main position belongs to mineral resources and fuel (US$349.9 million), machinery and equipment (US$232.5 million), and industrial raw materials for production (US$198.2 million).
As usual, the top leaders by supplies to Moldova include Russia with US$275.6 million imports (up 17.6%), Ukraine with US$119.3 million (down 7.2%) and Romania with US$115.7 million (up 7.9%).
Moldova’s trade deficit went up 11.9% and reached US$699 million, including US$215.7 million with the European Union, and US$252.8 million with the CIS.