Romania became more dependent on EU food imports in 2017

Foods purchased by Romania from other EU countries over the first ten months of last year cost more than 5 billion Euro. For comparison, in the similar period of 2016, the expenditure on food imports from EU countries was 13.4% lower. Romania's trade deficit on food has exceeded 1.6 billion Euro.

When it comes to vegetables, the domestic production was not enough to cover the demand, so the country imported products worth a total of 257.5 million Euro. The most valuable vegetables came from the Netherlands, where Romania made purchases worth 43.1 million Euro, followed by Germany, with imports worth 36 million Euro, and Hungary, with 26.2 million Euro. A year earlier, Romania purchased vegetables from other EU countries worth 233.8 million Euro.

Meanwhile, fruits also had a detrimental impact on Romania's trade balance with other Member States, as the total value of the purchases reached 421.1 million Euro. The top fruit suppliers for Romania are Greece, from which the country purchased 78.4 million Euro; the Netherlands, with 69.2 million Euro, and Poland, with 52.9 million Euro.


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