Exports rose 5.8 percent year-on-year to EUR 38.421 billion in April, boosted by higher sales of machinery and equipment (4.8 percent); basic metals and metal products (5 percent); textiles, clothing and leather (11.3 percent); food, beverages and tobacco (13.3 percent) and pharmaceutical and chemicals products (39.1 percent); while shipments of transport equipment dropped 4.3 percent.
Exports advanced mainly to Germany (3 percent); France (3.9 percent); the United States (6.1 percent); Switzerland (24.8 percent); Spain (1.8 percent); the United Kingdom (3.4 percent); China (1.4 percent) and Poland (2.9 percent).
Imports jumped 6.7 percent from a year earlier to EUR 35.536 billion, mainly due to bigger purchases of transport equipment (3.6 percent); basic metals and metal products (5.4 percent); chemicals (6.7 percent); machinery and equipment (2.8 percent); food, beverages and tobacco (4.8 percent) and textiles, clothing and footwear (5.8 percent).
Imports went up mainly from Germany (7 percent); France (5.3 percent); China (17.6 percent); the Netherlands (6.9 percent); Spain (10.5 percent); Belgium (7.1 percent) and Russia (18.7 percent). By contrast, imports fell from OPEC countries (-7.8 percent); the United States (-4 percent) and the United Kingdom (-10 percent).
With European Union countries, the country's trade surplus shrank to EUR 1.005 billion from EUR 1.124 billion in April of 2018.