Over the first three quarters of 2019, food exports1 amounted to EUR 12235.0 million, higher by 9.1% in comparison with the analogous period of the previous year. Growth in sales was recorded for all categories. Germany remained the greatest recipient of commodities, with the United Kingdom and the Netherlands maintaining the next positions.
Between January and September 2019, the growth of exports of foodstuff was higher by 3.1 percentage points than the total growth of commodity exports.
In the category of cocoa and cocoa preparations, the growth of exports amounted to 13.3%. The main recipients of goods under this category included Germany (EUR 252.9 million, i.e. a growth by 7.7% compared with the previous year), the UK (EUR 195.4 million, i.e. a drop by 2.5%), and France (EUR 94.1 million i.e. an increase by 45.9%).
Beverages, spirits and vinegar, with a 9.1% increase in exports, were predominantly sold to Germany (EUR 92.8 million, i.e. an increase by 16.4%) and France (EUR 87.3 million, i.e. a drop by 4.1%).
A similar increase in exports, i.e. by 8.6%, was recorded in the category of preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks’ products, as well as for miscellaneous edible preparations. The greatest importer of commodities from these categories was Germany, with purchases amounting to EUR 374.8 million and EUR 261.7 million, respectively.
Exports of preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates was higher than the year before (by 5.4%); here, sales to the UK amounted to EUR 360.5 million (growth by 0.9%), and sales to Germany totalled EUR 286.4 million (growth by 1.8%).
The exports in the category of preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants grew by 1.2%, compared with a 13.9% increase in the analogous period of the previous year.
After the previous year’s drop by 9.3%, the exports of sugars and sugar confectionery have increased (by 1.2%). Most commodities in this category were sold to Germany and Romania (for the amount of EUR 109.9 million and EUR 47.9 million, respectively).
Among commodity items of greatest importance in the exports of food products, higher sales than the year before were recorded, among other items, for ice cream and other edible ice (by 20.6% to EUR 161.6 million); sugar confectionery (including white chocolate), not containing cocoa (by 16.2% to EUR 284.8 million, in comparison to a drop in sales a year ago); chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa (by 13.8% to EUR 1198.0 million); waters, including mineral waters and aerated waters (by 9.1% to EUR 387.8 million); sauces and preparations thereof (by 7.3% to EUR 271.6 million); bread, pastry, cakes, biscuits and other bakers’ produce (by 6.6% to EUR 1249.6 million); beer made from malt (by 6.6% to EUR 145.8 million).
Drops in exports were recorded for such commodity items as cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose, in solid form (by 17.4% to EUR 182.3 million), or vegetables prepared or preserved other than with vinegar or acetic acid, not frozen (by 0.9% to EUR 153.8 million).
Trade with Poland’s top ten trade partners regarding exports of foodstuff comprised 65.9% (compared with 66.4% in the 1st to 3rd quarter of 2018). The share of Polish exports to such countries as the UK and the Czech Republic (by 0.3 pp. each) decreased in comparison with the previous year, while increases were recorded for France (by 0.5 pp.), Italy (by 0.2 pp.), and Romania (by 0.1 pp.)
Department of Trade and Services Statistics Poland