Trade dominated by machinery and cars

Total exports from Slovakia to Italy amounted to €573 million

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.


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