In 2019, trade stayed at the same level as in 2018

news release no 17

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2019, compared to 2018, the exports of goods stayed at the same level and imports decreased by 1%. The substantial increase in trade in the first half of the year compensated for the decrease in the second half.

In 2019, trade stayed at the same level as in 2018

In 2019, Estonia’s exports of goods amounted to 14.4 billion euros and imports to 16.1 billion euros at current prices. The trade deficit was 1.69 billion euros and its decrease was mainly due to increase in the exports of agricultural products and food preparations. The largest deficit was registered in the trade in transport equipment and in raw materials and products of the chemical industry. The largest surplus was in the trade in wood and articles of wood and miscellaneous manufactured articles.

Estonia exported goods to 183 countries and imported goods from 145 countries. A positive foreign trade balance was recorded with 137 countries. The share of European Union countries (incl. the United Kingdom) in Estonia’s total exports was 70% and, in total imports, 79%. In trade with EU countries, exports increased by 3% and imports by 1%. The trade in goods with non-EU countries decreased – exports by 8% and imports by 7%.

The top destination countries of Estonia’s exports were Finland, Sweden and Latvia. The biggest increase occurred in exports to Denmark (up by 127 million euros) and Spain (up by 86 million euros), where fuels were exported more. Exports decreased the most to Singapore (down by 178 million euros) and Latvia (down by 71 million euros).

Similarly to previous years, the biggest exports from Estonia were electrical equipment, mineral products, and wood and articles of wood. The greatest impact on exports came from agricultural products and food preparations (up by 226 million euros), transport equipment (up by 142 million euros) and mechanical appliances (up by 106 million euros). Exports decreased the most for mineral products (down by 450 million euros) and electrical equipment (down by 184 million euros).

Goods of Estonian origin accounted for 71% of the total exports of goods. Compared to 2018, their exports decreased by 1% and re-exports increased by 3%. There was a significant decrease in the exports of mineral products and electrical equipment of Estonian origin. The exports of agricultural products and food preparations increased. The main export countries for goods of Estonian origin were Finland, Sweden and the USA.

The main countries of consignment in 2019 were Finland, Lithuania and Germany. Imports decreased the most from Belarus (decrease in the export of fuels) and the Netherlands (electrical equipment). Imports increased the most from Sweden (more cars imported), Latvia (increased fuel imports) and Lithuania (more electrical equipment imported). The main commodities imported to Estonia were mineral products, electrical equipment and transport equipment. The biggest decrease occurred in the imports of mineral products and electrical equipment and the biggest increase in the imports of transport equipment.

In December 2019, the exports of goods from Estonia amounted to 1.1 billion euros and imports to Estonia to 1.3 billion euros. Compared to December 2018, exports increased by 1% and imports by 3%. In December 2019, the growth in exports was affected the most by cereals and, the growth in imports, by fuels.

Estonia’s foreign trade by month, 2018–2019
Month Exports, million euros Imports, million euros Balance, million euros
2018 2019 change, % 2018 2019 change, % 2018 2019
TOTAL 14,424 14,403 0 16,228 16,094 -1 -1,804 -1,691
January 1,035 1,158 12 1,254 1,278 2 -219 -120
February 1 118 1,163 4 1,203 1,250 4 -85 -87
March 1,143 1,238 8 1,344 1,404 4 -201 -165
April 1 195 1,239 4 1,342 1,389 4 -147 -151
May 1,238 1,334 8 1,407 1,434 2 -169 -100
June 1,269 1,173 -8 1,404 1,282 -9 -135 -109
July 1,193 1,173 -2 1,319 1,374 4 -126 -201
August 1,184 1,151 -3 1,345 1,246 -7 -162 -94
September 1,231 1,195 -3 1,315 1,355 3 -84 -160
October 1,361 1,279 -6 1,551 1,450 -6 -190 -172
November 1,388 1,223 -12 1,447 1,300 -10 -59 -77
December 1,070 1,079 1 1,297 1,334 3 -227 -255
Main foreign trade partners of Estonia, 2019
Country of destination, group of countries Exports, million euros Share, % Change on previous year, % Country of consignment, group of countries Imports, million euros Share, % Change on previous year, %
TOTAL 14,403 100 0 TOTAL 16,094 100 -1
EU-28 10,150 70 3 EU-28 12,750 79 1
Euro area 19 7,076 49 4 Euro area 19 9,119 57 0
Non-EU 4,253 30 -8 Non-EU 3,344 21 -7
1. Finland 2,339 16 2 1. Finland 2,037 13 -2
2. Sweden 1,507 10 -4 2. Lithuania 1,646 10 5
3. Latvia 1,308 9 -5 3. Germany 1,637 10 -3
4. USA 977 7 5 4. Sweden 1,513 9 7
5. Germany 906 6 0 5. Latvia 1,461 9 6
6. Lithuania 876 6 11 6. Russia 1,310 8 -7
7. Russia 867 6 0 7. Poland 1,021 6 4
8. Denmark 596 4 27 8. Netherlands 672 4 -15
9. Norway 543 4 0 9. China 548 3 -8
10. Netherlands 481 3 17 10. Italy 402 2 -3
Exports and imports by commodity section, 2019
Commodity section (chapter) by Combined Nomenclature (CN) Exports Imports Balance, million euros
million euros share, % change on previous year, % million euros share, % change on previous year, %
TOTAL 14,403 100 0 16,094 100 -1 -1,691
Agricultural products and food preparations (I–IV) 1,378 10 20 1,632 10 5 -254
Mineral products (V) 1,715 12 -21 2,091 13 -15 -376
Raw materials and products of chemical industry (VI) 753 5 2 1,441 9 6 -688
Articles of plastics and rubber (VII) 448 3 4 852 5 1 -404
Wood and articles of wood (IX) 1 515 11 -1 545 4 -3 971
Paper and articles thereof (X) 328 2 -10 290 2 8 39
Textiles and textile articles (XI) 394 3 0 682 4 2 -288
Base metals and articles of base metal (XV) 1,169 8 2 1,496 9 2 -327
Mechanical appliances (84) 1,318 9 9 1,646 10 -3 -328
Electrical equipment (85) 2,090 15 -8 2,015 13 -9 76
Transport equipment (XVII) 1,042 7 16 1,829 11 9 -787
Optical, measuring, precision instruments (XVIII) 480 3 11 379 2 -1 101
Miscellaneous manufactured articles (XX) 1,225 8 2 441 3 11 784
Other 548 4 13 756 5 16 -208

The statistics are based on the questionnaires “Intrastat” and “Exports (sale of fish and crustaceans in foreign waters and ports)”, the due dates of which were, respectively, 14 and 15 January 2020, and on the customs declaration data of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, which were sent to Statistics Estonia on 20 January 2020. Statistics Estonia published the monthly summary of foreign trade in 14 working days. In the case of the statistical activity “Foreign trade”, the main representative of public interest is the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, commissioned by whom Statistics Estonia collects and analyses the data necessary for conducting the statistical activity.

For further information:

Kadri Kütt
Media Relations Manager
Marketing and Dissemination Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel +372 625 9181

More detailed data have been published in the statistical database and pre-defined tables. Due to rounding, the sum of rows in some tables may differ from the sum total of the column. Visualized data of Estonia’s foreign trade can be viewed in Statistics Estonia’s application.