Romania shipped close to 4 billion euros worth of agri-foodstuffs in the nine months of this year, marking a 20-year record, while the trade surplus exceeded 349 million euros at end-September, show figures supplied by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
‘Romanian shipments of agri-foodstuffs totalled 3.902 billion euros January to September 2014, up by 11.2 percent from the same period in 2013, with the imports recording a slight increase by 1.3 percent over the mentioned period, up to 3.553 billion euros’, the ministry statistic data show.
The bulk of the Romanian 9-month exports was represented by wheat, with the foreign shipments amounting to 773.7 million euros for more than four million tonnes of wheat; ranking next were cigars and cigarettes with 499.6 million euros (29,700 tonnes) and maize, which earned Romania 394.2 million euros for 1.493 million tonnes.
According to the agriculture ministry figures, Romania made additional revenues for most of the exported agri-foodstuff groups, but topping the rankings were the rape seeds (+145.6 million euros), cigarettes (+121.3 million euros), wheat (+90.5 million euros), maize (+38.9 million euros), live sheep and goats (+31.7 million euros) and nuts (+21.7 million euros).
The European Union was the main partner of the Romanian trade in agri-foodstuffs in the nine months, with the shipments to the EU countries accounting for 59.1 percent, while purchases from the bloc members held a 81.3 percent share.
Romania succeeded for the first time in 20 years in 2013 to record more than 300 million euros in surplus in the agri-foodstuffs trade, as against nearly 800 million euros deficit in 2012.