Albania’s foreign trade deficit widened by 3.6% y/y to ALL 16.6bn (EUR 118.5bn) in January 2014, the statistics institute INSTAT informed. The gap accounted for 1.2% of the projected full-year GDP, according to IntelliNews calculations.
The higher deficit came as exports decreased by 1.5% y/y, while imports picked up by 0.9% y/y. The drop in exports was mainly driven by the group of minerals, fuels, electricity, which saw a 17.8% y/y fall in January 2014. It was country’s second largest export sector in the month, preceded by the textile and footwear sector that registered a 18% y/y rise in exports. Exports of construction materials also decreased but at the slightly weaker pace of 11.5% y/y. Among other sectors, exports of chemicals and plastics as well as of wood and paper witnessed a double-digit growth in the period. However, in nominal terms these two sectors had a relatively small (5.2%) share in total exports.
On the import side, the overall growth was mainly driven by the textile and footwear sector with a 20.4% y/y rise. On the other hand, the group of minerals, fuels and electricity witnessed the steepest annual drop of 8.9%. In addition, imports of machinery and equipment, construction materials as well as of of food also dropped in the month.
Albania’s foreign trade deficit shrank 15.6% y/y to ALL 266.2bn in 2013. The lower deficit came as exports increased by 15.6% y/y, while imports declined by 3% y/y.
|Foreign trade in January ALL mn|
|Import||% y/y||Export||% y/y|
|Food, beverages, tobacco||5,673||-4.2||1,036||22.2|
|Minerals, fuels, electricity||6,480||-8.9||6,151||-17.8|
|Chemical and plastics||4,036||-3.3||190||12.0|
|Wood and paper||1,618||32.8||743||48.4|
|Textile and footwear||4,257||20.4||6,437||18.0|
|Construct. materials and metals||4,150||-4.6||2,273||-11.5|
|Machinery, equipment, spare parts||6,329||1.7||579||0.9|
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