In the period January - May 2017 Bulgarian exports to third countries increased by 26.0% in comparison with the corresponding period of the previous year and amounted to 7 244.4 Million leva, according to the National Statistical Institute.
Main trade partners of Bulgaria were Turkey, China, the Russian Federation, Egypt, Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which accounted for 51.5% of the exports to non EU countries. In May 2017 Bulgarian exports to third countries grew by 42.0% compared to the corresponding month of the previous year and amounted to 1 591.2 Billion leva.
The total value of all the goods imported in the country in the period January - May 2017 amounted to 23 558.2 Million leva(at CIF prices), or by 20.1% more than the same period of 2016. In May 2017 the total imports increased by 20.7% compared to the same month of the previous year and added up to 4 929.2 Billion leva.
The total foreign trade balance (exports FOB - import CIF) was negative in the period January - May 2017 and amounted to 3 035.7 Million leva. At FOB/FOB prices (after elimination of transport and insurance costs on imports) in the period January - May 2017 the total foreign trade balance was also negative and added up to 1 882.5 Million leva.