Saxony-Anhalt’s foreign trade figures revealed a marked improvement again in 2011. Goods exported abroad rose by 16.9 percent over the previous year to a total of Euro 14,731 million, whilst over the same period, imports into Saxony-Anhalt rose by 21.75 percent to a total value of Euro 14,834 million. The principal exports were plastics, semi-finished copper and copper alloy goods, chemical products, mineral oil products and pharmaceutical goods. The main food exports were cheese, sugar beet and sugar products.
Three-quarters of exports went to EU members. In first place were exports to Poland (12.7 percent), followed by Italy (7.42 percent) and France (7.2 percent). The state’s goods were also exported to the USA and the People’s Republic of China. The main imports were crude oil and natural gas from Russia. Semi-finished copper and copper alloy goods, as well as chemical products, were also imported. Poland, China and the Netherlands were also major suppliers of imports in 2010.