Cyprus’ foreign trade showed signs of recovery in the final two months of 2021, with exports hitting €702.7 million in value during that time, while total exports surpassed €3 billion for the entire year.
According to the Cyprus Statistical Service (Cystat), the revised and finalised data for November show a 354.1 per cent increase in the exports of foreign products, including aviation and maritime supplies, reaching €223.4 million in total.
The export of locally produced products also recorded an increase during that month, rising by 47.7 per cent for a total value of €145.2 million.
The value of industrial product exports rose by 49.2 per cent, reaching €137.5 million, while the value of agricultural products fell to €5.9 million, a 3.7 per cent drop.
Imports from EU member states rose by 33.4 per cent in November, with the total value of goods reaching €924.6 million.
Regarding exports during December of last year, preliminary data shows a total increase of 75.3 per cent with a total value of €334.1 million.
The most noticeable foreign trade increase was observed in exports to third countries, with the total value in December of 2021 being €141.4 higher than the corresponding month from the year before (€131.8 million).
Exports to EU member states reached €60.9 in December, a modest €2.1 million increase over the same month from 2020 (€58.8 million).
In addition, exports in December, which include the transfer of economic ownership of mobile transport equipment (vessels) rose significantly year-on-year, reaching €158 million in total value, €115 higher than in December of 2020 (€43 million).
Imports in December fell by 3 per cent year-on-year, with the total value of imported goods falling from €713.5 million to €692.5 million.
This reduction in imports in the final month of the year has been primarily attributed to a sharp fall in the value of transfers of economic ownership of ships and vessels, with €120.4 million being recorded in December of 2020, and €12.4 million being recorded in December of 2021.
Imports from third countries reached €267 million in December, with the value in the same month of 2020 having reached €316.5.
Conversely, imports from EU member states rose by €28.5 year-on-year in December to reach €425.5 million in value.
Cyprus’ total imports for the entirety of 2021, including from both EU member states and third countries, rose by 10.8 per cent, reaching a total value of €8.46 billion. Imports stood at €7.6 billion the year before.
Meanwhile, Cyprus’ total exports for 2021 rose by 19.8 per cent to reach €3.2 billion in value, €533 million higher than the year before.
Finally, Cyprus’ trade deficit for 2021 reached €5.18 billion, €293 million higher than 2020.