Total exports from Slovakia to Italy amounted to €573 million
during the first quarter of 2009. Compared with the first three
months of 2008, this was a decrease of 27.6 percent. The trade
balance was positive for Slovakia, since Italian exports to
Slovakia decreased by €221 million to €352 million during the
first quarter of 2009 over the previous year.
“When we look at individual sorts of goods which Slovakia
imports from Italy, machinery and cars account for 32.9
percent,”Alessandro Villa, the secretary general of the
Italian-Slovak Chamber of Commerce, told The Slovak Spectator.
He added that this category made up 50.2 percent of the
total Italian exports to Slovakia for all of 2008.
Consumer goods follow, making up 27.2 percent of the total
Slovak imports from Italy or €96 million. Compared with the
previous year, imports of consumer goods ‘Made in Italy’ fell by
30.4 percent. Chemical products were third, amounting to €40
million. This category reported a moderate increase of 0.2 percent
year on year.
Machinery and cars dominate Slovakia’s exports to Italy. During
the first quarter of 2009 it amounted to €350 million, making up
61 percent of the total of Slovakia’s exports to Italy. This category
reported a drop of 25.3 percent when compared with Q1 2008.
Consumer goods followed with a share of 18.1 percent of
Slovakia’s total exports to Italy, followed by industrial
products, according to Villa.