EPRS Admin By / May 27, 2020

EU 2019 imports and exports of PPE now subject to export restrictions

EU 2019 imports and exports of PPE now subject to export restrictions

EU 2019 imports and exports of PPE now subject to export restrictions

The PPE imports and exports targeted by the second regulation IR 2020/568 (April) relate to the three PPE types most needed. Figure 2 illustrates total EU imports and exports of the goods subject to export authorisation.
Overall, the EU is a net importer of these goods, which represent 0.36 % of EU total imports, with protective garments taking up the largest share (71 %). The net trade deficit is €3.15 billion, representing 0.023 % of EU GDP (€13 923 billion in 2019). These results contrast with those previously reported about EU trade with non-EU countries showing that the EU is a large net exporter overall, net exports amounting to €123 billion (0.9 % of EU GDP).


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