International trade in goods
Eurostat publishes an infographic as well as some interesting facts & figures
on trade in goods in the EU.
that in 2017 …
… the EU imported video game consoles with a trade value of approximately EUR 4.5 billion from China, the latter accounting for 89% of the EU's total extra-EU imports. 52% of these games consoles went to the Netherlands, while 17% went to the UK , 12% to Spain and 8% to Poland?
…Italy was the EU's biggest exporter of silk ties, with over 7.2 million pieces exported all over the world. The country's biggest extra-EU markets, in terms of quantity, were the United States (30%), Switzerland (22%) and Japan (16%)?
… the EU imported over 5.8 million tonnes of bananas from about 100 different extra-EU countries, and mainly from Ecuador,1.5 million tonnes (27%), Colombia,1 4 million tonnes (24%) and Costa Rica,1.1 million tonnes (20%) ?
… France exported perfume and eau de toilette (excluding aftershave lotions) for a value of over EUR 4.2 billion to the world. 52% of its exports went to 157 countries outside the EU, the United States was by far the largest market (27%), followed by the United Arab Emirates (9%), Singapore and Switzerland (both 6%)?
… the EU dispatched more than 3.1 million tonnes of fuel wood within the EU. The biggest exporters were Croatia (24%), Slovenia (16%) and France (13%)?
Source: Eurostat, Comext. Date of extraction: 20.03.2018.
More detailed information can be found in the Eurostat news release on international trade in goods in 2017.
You might also be interested in our Statistics Explained articles on international trade in goods.
- Eurostat: Dedicated section on international trade in goods
- European Commission: Directorate-General for Trade
- European Commission: Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union
- Other international bodies