ROMANIA: Wine imports drop in Q1; exports rise - report
Romania is the 7th biggest producer of wine in Europe
Volume sales of imported wine to Romania fell by 45% year-on-year in 2013's first quarter, according to a report.
Import volumes in the period totalled 10,067 tonnes, while sales fell by 22% to EUR8.54m (US$10.98m), according to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) figures cited by Agerpress, Romania's national news agency. At the same same, export volumes increased by 15% to 2,331 tonnes, while export sales increased by 18% to EUR3.68m, the figures said.
Romania ranks 6th in Europe in terms of vineyard area and 7th for grape and wine production, according to the MARD. Wine production in 2012 stood at 3.31m hectolitres, down from a peak of 5.36m hectolitres in 2009.
Last month, Romania came near the bottom of a list of the EU's most expensive countries for alcohol. Bulgaria was last.
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