According to the preliminary data of the State Statistical Offce, the export value of goods in the Republic of Macedonia in the period January-October 2011 was 3 705 780 thousand US dollars, and the import value was 5 763 655 thousands US dollars. Import coverage by export was 64.3 %. The trade defcit in the period January- October 2011 was 2 057 875 thousand US dollars.
The trade exchange according to products shows that in the exports the most signifcant products are supported catalysts with precious metal or precious metal compounds as the active substance, ferro-nickel, iron and steel products (fat-rolled products), clothes, and petroleum oil preparations. In the imports, the most signifcant products are platinum and platinum alloys, unwrought or in powder form, the crude petroleum oils, motor vehicles for transport of persons and electricity.
In the period January-October 2011 the most important export partners were the EU-27 countries (60.9%) and the West Balkan countries (27.8%), and the most important import partners were the EU-27 countries (54.9%) and the Developing countries (26.2%). According to the total volume of international commodity trade, the most important trade partners of the Republic of Macedonia are Germany, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy (44.2% of the total international commodity trade).