Bulgarian exports to third countries, meaning non-EU states, in 2012 were 12.8 per cent higher than in 2011, the National Statistical Institute said on February 11 2013.
Exports to third countries in 2012 were 16.9 billion leva (about 8.2 billion euro) while imports increased by 10.8 per cent and added up to 20.6 billion leva, the NSI said.
In 2012 the total value of all exported goods (both for third countries and EU) amounted to 40.7 billion leva and compared to 2011, exports increased by 2.6 per cent while the total value of all imported goods reached 49.8 billion leva and grew by 8.8 per cent.
The main trade partners of Bulgaria were Turkey, China, Russia, Serbia, Macedonia and the United States, which accounted for 50 per cent of the exports to non-EU countries
Bulgarian imports from third countries in 2012 grew by 10.8 per cent compared to 2011 and added up to 20.6 billion leva. The largest amounts were reported for the goods
imported from Russia, Turkey, China and Ukraine.
In December 2012, Bulgarian imports from third countries increased by 6.8 per cent compared to the corresponding month of the previous year and amounted to 1.6 billion leva.
The foreign trade balance of Bulgaria with third countries in 2012 was negative and added up to 3 690.7 million leva, the NSI said.
In 2012 the value of all exported goods from Bulgaria amounted to 40.7 billion leva and compared to 2011 the exports increased by 2.6 per cent.
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