On a monthly basis, exports fell 1.4 percent to € 35.6 billion in August from a revised € 36.1 billion a month ago, mainly due to further decline of aircraft deliveries and chemical, refined oil, wheat and industrial equipment.
Shipments to the US and Asia, China, Thailand and Australia deccreased.
Imports declined 0.7 percent to € 41.4 billion in August from € 41.7 billion in July, driven by lower purchases of aerospace, natural hydrocarbons, automotive and pharmaceutical industries, metal and industrial machinery and jewelry.
Imports from Africa and European countries outside the EU decreased, while those to the US increased.
Year-on-year, exports fell 0.2 percent in August while imports advanced 0.9 percent.