AGRI-FOOD EXPORTS FROM EU REACH RECORD HIGH IN 2016 – 23 FEBRUARY

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AGRI-FOOD EXPORTS FROM EU REACH RECORD HIGH IN 2016 - 23 FEBRUARY
23 Feb 2017

AGRI-FOOD EXPORTS FROM EU REACH RECORD HIGH IN 2016 – 23 FEBRUARY

Brussels Daily

Agri-food exports from the European Union reach record high in 2016, according to annual 2016 figures.

The annual value of EU agri-food exports in 2016 reached a new record level with total exports reaching €130.7 billion, up €1.7 billion on 2015. The biggest increases in annual exports were to the USA (up €1.26 billion) and China (up €1.06 billion). At the same time, the value of EU agri-food imports went down 1.5% to €112 billion. This leads to an increase of the EU agri-food trade surplus to € 18.8 billion, up from €15.3 billion in 2015. The agri-food sector accounted for 7.5% of total EU exports in goods in 2016; and 6.6% of all imported goods are agri-food products. With a surplus of €18.8 billion the agri-food sector is also a major contributor to the overall surplus of the European Union in merchandise trade, which stood at €39.3 billion in 2016. Throughout last year, EU producers have successfully increased exports of non-commodity primary products (pigmeat, vegetables). Also export values for processed agricultural products (wine, olive oil) and food preparation increased by 4 to 5% in average, while export values for commodities (wheat and other cereals, milk powder) and non-edible products went down. This month’s report focuses on agri-food trade with Canada. The EU is a net-exporter of agri-food products to Canada, with a surplus of about € 1.25 billion in 2016.

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