International trade in goods
Some funny and curious facts about trade of the EU
...that the EU imported 5.5 billion roses in 2015 mainly from Africa, of which 52% came from Kenya and 30% from Ethiopia.
…that in 2015, the EU exported 10.5 million kg of lipstick and other lip preparations to countries outside the EU, the United States being the main destination country (24% of total EU exports of lipstick).
…that the EU imported 198.7 million kg of natural honey in 2015, of which 49 % came from China and 13% from Mexico.
…that among the EU Member States, the UK is the biggest importer of party articles from third countries: in 2015, imports amounted to almost 13.7 million kg, accounting for 30% of EU imports of party articles.
…that the EU exported 103.2 million kg of dog or cat food to Japan in 2015 (14 % of total EU exports of dog or cat food) with France and Belgium as main exporters (39 and 20% respectively).
…that the EU exported almost 5600 live birds of prey to United Arab Emirates in 2015, with the main exporters being the UK ( 34 % ) and Spain (27%).
Source: Eurostat, Comext (Data of extraction: 26.03.2016)
More detailed information can be found in the Eurostat news release on international trade in goods in 2015.
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