In 2018, the economy of Saxony-Anhalt exported food and beverages with a total value of EUR 1.7 billion

In 2018, Saxony-Anhalt exported food and beverages with a total value of EUR 1.7 billion. At the same time, food and beverages with a value of EUR 1.5 billion were imported from other countries.

In 2018, businesses in Saxony-Anhalt exported food and beverages worth EUR 1.7 billion to other countries around the world. As reported by the Statistical Office of the federal state on the occasion of International Green Week, this amounts to an increase of 1/4 (+26%) compared with the export value of 2008.

With a value of EUR 1.3 billion, most of the goods exported were food products of plant origin. In first place were baked goods and other products prepared with grain, with a value of EUR 429 million, as well as sugar beet, sugar and sugar products with a value of EUR 108 million.

Food of animal origin with a value of EUR 305 million was exported, with meat and meat products accounting for the largest share at EUR 216 million. Luxury goods with a value of EUR 121 million were exported, including spirits to a value of EUR 103 million.

The leading countries of export for food and beverages were the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium, Austria and China.

By the same token, food and luxury goods worth EUR 1.5 billion were imported into Saxony-Anhalt in 2018. This was more than twice as much (+117%) as the value of the imports in 2008.

In this case, most of the imported goods were also food of plant origin, with a value of EUR 1.1 billion in 2018. In first place were oil-yielding plants worth EUR 138 million, cocoa and cocoa products worth EUR 134 million and wheat worth EUR 97 million.

Food of animal origin with a value of EUR 254 million was imported. This included eggs, egg white and egg yolk with a value of EUR 113 million, meat and meat products with a value of EUR 47 million and cheese with a value of EUR 28 million.

In terms of luxury goods, the main products imported into Saxony-Anhalt were spirits (EUR 79 million) and wine (EUR 61 million).

The leading countries for imports of food and beverages were the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Italy.

As regards the foreign trade statistics by federal state, for technical reasons, exports are represented in specialist trade, and imports in general trade. Due to the different distinction between general and specialist trade, for methodological reasons, a netting out of the results of imports and exports is not possible.

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