Exports declined 0.2 percent on the year and 5 percent over the previous month to USD 45.58 billion. Sales to the EU rose 24.7 percent on the year and shipments to China increased 0.8 percent. Shipments to the European Union grew by 24.7% from a year earlier, while exports to China rose by 0.8%. Exports to the US dropped 2 percent.
Imports rose 1 percent over the previous month, but shrank 0.9 percent over a year earlier to USD 44.85 billion.