In the first four months of 2019, Croatia's commodity exports totalled HRK 35.9 billion, up 7.7 percent on the year, while imports went up 8.7 percent to HRK 61.3 billion, the national statistical office said on Friday.
The trade deficit was HRK 25.5 billion, 2.3 billion less than in the first four months of 2018. The export-import ratio dropped from 59 percent in said period to 58.5 percent.
Commodity exports to the EU totalled HRK 24.5 billion, up 5.8 percent on the year, while exports to non-EU countries went up 12 percent to HRK 11.4 billion.
Commodity imports from the EU increased 11.4 percent to HRK 50 billion, while imports from non-EU countries fell 2 percent to HRK 11.3 billion.
Expressed in euros, commodity exports in the first four months of 2019 totalled 4.83 billion, up 8.2 percent on the year, while imports increased by 9.2 percent to 8.3 billion. The trade deficit was EUR 3.43 billion, up from 3.1 billion in the first four months of 2018.