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Trade balance posts €16m surplus in Aug

Published : 28 Oct 2023, 01:54

Updated : 28 Oct 2023, 11:07

  DF Report
File Photo: Lapland Material Bank by Terhi Tuovinen.

The trade balance showed a surplus of EUR 16 million in August 2023, according to the international trade in goods statistics published by Finnish Customs on Friday.

In January-August 2023, the trade balance had accumulated a deficit of 1.5 billion euros, which was 7.5 billion euros less than a year earlier.

The aggregate trade surplus by commodity group for products of industrial machinery and equipment and metals increased compared to the previous year.

The trade surplus in products of both mechanical and chemical forest industry decreased. The deficit increased for transport equipment, but decreased for ores and metal scrap, crude oil and refined petroleum products and electrical machinery and equipment.

The value of Finnish exports of goods decreased by 9.6 per cent year-on-year in August.

The value of Finnish exports was EUR 6.1 billion. Export volume increased by 1.0 per cent, but export prices declined by 9.2 per cent year-on-year.

The value of imports decreased by 24.4 per cent in August to EUR 6.1 billion. Import prices declined by 14.1 per cent, and import volume decreased by 11.5 per cent compared to August 2022.

In January-August, the total value of exports decreased by 6.1 percent and the value of imports by 17.4 percent compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

Change of export volume during the latest 12 months was minus 4.7 per cent (12 month moving average September 2022 – August 2023). The corresponding figure for import volume was minus 9.4 per cent.

The terms of trade improved in August compared to the corresponding month of 2022 as import prices declined more rapidly than export prices.

The point figure in August was 101.1, while it was 95.7 in August 2022. The terms of trade did not change from July 2023.

The value of exports of capital goods increased by 2.5 per cent in August, and the value of exports of industrial supplies decreased by 15.2 per cent year-on-year. The value of exports of fuels and lubricants decreased by 13.5 percent. The value of exports of consumer goods increased by 2.8 percent. The value of exports of food and beverages decreased by 5.4 percent and the value of exports of transport equipment and parts decreased by 7.2 per cent.

The value of imports of industrial supplies decreased by 31.4 per cent in August and the value of imports of capital goods by 9.5 per cent year-on-year. The value of imports of transportation equipment and their parts decreased by 1.9 percent. The value of imports of fuels and lubricants decreased by 49.4 percent. The value of imports of food and beverages decreased by 5.7 percent and of consumer goods by 14.1 percent.

The value of exports to EU countries decreased by 10.8 percent and exports outside the EU by 8.0 percent in August. Imports from EU countries fell by 21.1 percent and imports from outside the EU by 28.3 percent in August. In January-August, total exports to EU countries decreased by 5.5 percent and exports to outside the EU by 6.8 percent. In the same period, imports from EU countries decreased by 11.9 percent and from outside the EU by 23.8 percent.

The preliminary statistics published by customs earlier this month, however, said that the trade balance was in surplus of EUR 100 million in August.