Romania, the largest violins exporter in the EU

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Romania exported 14,000 violins to non-EU Member States in 2018 (28% of extra-EU exports of violins), which makes our country the largest EU exporter of violins to the rest of the world, closely followed by Denmark (12 200, 24%), ahead of Germany (6 400, 13%), the United Kingdom (5 000, 10%), Czechia (2 900, 6%), France (2 700, over 5%), Italy (2 500, 5%) and Belgium (1 800, 4%), an Eurostat survey says.

The EU Member States imported 234 800 violins worth €15.7 million in 2018. The majority of these (82%, or 191 500 violins) came from non-EU Member States. The number of violins imported to the EU Member States was up 27% compared with 2013.

105 000 violins worth €23.3 million were exported by the EU Member States in 2018. Over half of these (52%, 55 100 violins) went to other EU Member States. This represents a 7% fall in EU Member States’ total violin exports compared with 2013.

United Kingdom imports over a third of violins

The United Kingdom imported 71 300 violins from non-EU Member States in 2018, accounting for 37% of total extra-EU imports of violins. This makes the United Kingdom by far the largest EU importer of violins from the rest of the world, ahead of Germany (31 300, 16%), followed by Italy (18 200, 9%), Spain (16 900, a little under 9%), Belgium (15 100, 8%) and France (9 100, 5%).

China – main origin of imported violins

Imports of violins from non-EU countries came mainly from China (188 500 violins, or 99% of extra-EU imports of violins).  Most of the remaining extra-EU imports of violins came from seven countries: the United States (810 violins), Taiwan (670), Moldova (600), Nepal (240), Brazil (110), Japan (70) and India (60).

United States and South Korea – main destinations for exported violins

Almost half of EU violin exports went to two countries: the United States and South Korea (11 900 violins each, or 24% of extra-EU exports of violins). They were followed by Japan (6 700, 14%), Canada (2 900, 6%), Australia (2 300, 5%), Switzerland (2 100, 4%), Hong Kong (1 800, under 4%), China (1 700, 3%), Russia (1 600, 3%), Norway (1 200, 2%) and Serbia (870, under 2%).

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