According to information from the Office for Statistics (AS), Liechtenstein exported goods worth a total of 887 million Swiss francs in the second quarter of 2018. When compared with the same quarter of last year, this corresponds to an increase of 10.3 per cent. In return, goods totalling 510 million francs were imported by Liechtenstein, which equates to growth of 6.4 per cent on the second quarter of 2017.
More than 61 per cent of exports were destined for countries within Europe. The share of the top trading partner – Germany – climbed from 22.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2017 to 22.6 per cent in the reporting period. In absolute terms, Liechtenstein exported goods worth more than 200.33 million francs to Germany, which is a year-on-year increase of 11.5 per cent. Exports to Austria, the second most important trading partner, encompassed goods worth 95.6 million francs, up 8.0 per cent on the second quarter of 2017. However, the share of total exports attributable to Austria dropped 0.2 percentage points to 10.8 per cent.
Liechtenstein sourced 81.0 per cent of its imported goods in Europe, with a total value of 413.13 million francs. This has therefore increased by 6.6 per cent. Once again, Germany is the top trading partner for Liechtenstein, with a share of 39.0 per cent. Liechtenstein imported goods worth 198.87 million francs from Germany in the reporting period. Ranked second is Austria, which imported goods of 116.76 million francs.
Foreign trade with Switzerland is not included in the data. These figures are generally not taken into account in AS surveys as goods trade with Switzerland is recorded by the Swiss border posts.