Greek embassy in Paris: Greek exports to France up 13.8 pct in 2017

Greek exports to France grew 13.8 pct in 2017 to 720.7 million euros, while French imports to Greece eased 4.7 pct to 1.99 billion euros in the same year, with the volume of bilateral trade falling slightly (0.4 pct) to 2.7 billion euros, while the trade balance showed a surplus of 1.27 billion euros for France (down 186 million euros from the previous year), according to a quarterly report (January-March 2018) by the Economic and Trade Affairs Bureau of the Greek embassy in Paris.

The report showed that Greece fell two positions to 51st place among France’s trade partners in 2017, compared with 2016, but its market share rose slightly to 0.35 pct in 2017 from 0.29 pct in 2016.

The top five Greek exports to France were pharmaceuticals, with a market share of 14.7 pct (106.1 million euros, up 58.7 pct from 2016), foil tapes with a market share of 8.6 pct exports worth 61.8 million euros, copper pipes (56.5 million euros up 81 pct) with a market share of 7.8 pct, fresh fish (42.2 million euros) with a market share of 5.9 pct, nuts and fruits (30.4 million euros) with a market share of 4.2 pct).

The top French imports to Greece were pharmaceuticals (183.5 million euros), fresh meat (161.4 million euros), passenger cars (75 million euros), cosmetics (57.9 million euros) and iron products (51 million euros).