BERLIN (Reuters) – German exports to Russia slumped by 57.5% to 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in March because of sanctions imposed after the invasion of Ukraine, Germany’s Federal Statistical Office said on Thursday.
That decline demoted Russia to Germany’s 12th-biggest export market outside the European Union, down from fifth in February.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine in what Moscow calls a “special military operation” on Feb. 24, prompting the West to impose tough sanctions. These include export restrictions.
Overall, German exports to countries outside the European Union fell by 7.2% to 52.8 billion euros in March compared with February. However, they were 3.2% higher than in March 2021.
The United States was still the biggest export market for Germany, with goods worth 13.5 billion euros being shipped there in March, 21% more than a year earlier. Goods worth 10.2 billion euros were exported to China, 1% less than a year earlier, while exports to Britain eased by 0.3% to 6.4 billion euros.
Germany’s BGA trade association said last month a survey of its members showed most expected an economic slowdown as a result of the Ukraine conflict, but that business nonetheless backed the government’s sanctions against Russia.
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(Reporting by Rene Wagner; Writing by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Miranda Murray, Robert Birsel)