The head department of statistics generalized results of activity of the enterprises of area in the sphere of foreign trade by goods in the first quarter 2009. It should be noted that in the current year the enterprises of the region continued to cooperate with the countries of the European Union, however against last year volumes of foreign trade with them were considerably reduced.
According to the Public customs service of Ukraine, in January - March, 2009 volumes as export, and import of goods with EU countries made 22 mln. dollars of the USA that for 71% and 33% respectively there are less than indicators of the first quarter of last year (due to reduction of export of vehicles and grain crops, import - fish and fish products, products from ferrous metals).
Thus, in the first quarter of the current year of the EU country provided 8% of regional export and 16% of import of goods against 29% and 16% respectively in the first quarter of last year.
The enterprises of area cooperated with 26 EU countries. Among them the Netherlands where 23% of all goods are put, Spain (19%), France (17%), Germany (11%), Italy (10%) and Romania (9%), in import - the Netherlands (23% of the delivered goods), Italy and Germany (on 15%), the United Kingdom (14%), Bulgaria (10%) and Denmark (7%) were the main partners in export of goods.
Basis of export to EU countries sunflower seeds and fruits of olive plants, grain crops, clothes made products of textiles, of ferrous metals, and, mainly, mechanical and electric equipment, products of processing of vegetables and fruits, products from nickel and ferrous metals were imported.