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European Commission Daily News – 11 April

Publication of latest agri-food trade figures: record start in 2019 for EU agri-food trade

The value of EU agri-food exports in January 2019 increased for the 4th year in a row to reach a new record level of €11.2 billion, as shown in the latest monthly agri-food trade report published today. With agri-food imports to the EU also increasing to €10.8 billion, the monthly trade value topped €22 billion, compared to €21 billion in January 2018. Trade surplus increased to €0.4 billion, compared to €0.3 billion a year ago. On a year-on-year basis, the value of agri-food imports greatly increased from the USA (+14%). EU import values also went up for agri-food products coming from Russia, Ukraine, China, Tunisia and Pakistan. The main export destinations for EU products remain the USA followed by China, Switzerland, Japan and Russia. The monthly report provides a table presenting the trade balance and its development by product category from February 2017 to January 2019. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Clémence Robin – Tel.: +32 229 52509)

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