EU's top trading partners in 2015: the United States for exports, China for imports
According to the latest information released by EUROSTAT, "in 2015, the United States (€619 billion, or 18% of total EU trade in goods) and China (€521 billion, or 15%) continued to be the two main goods trading partners of the European Union (EU), well ahead of Switzerland (€253 billion, or 7%) and Russia (€210 billion, or 6%). Trends observed over recent years are however very different for these top trading partners of the EU. After recording a significant and almost continuous fall until 2011, the share of the United States in EU total trade in goods has begun to increase again to reach 18% in 2015. The share of China has doubled since 2002, rising from 7% to 15% in 2015. Since 2013 the share of Russia in total EU trade in goods has declined sharply to 6% in 2015. The share of Switzerland remained almost unchanged at 7% over the entire time period".
"In 2015, machinery and transport equipment, other manufactured goods and chemicals represented the main categories of product in EU international trade with the rest of the world."
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