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Extra-EU trade in COVID-19 related products

To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world have taken a variety of restrictive measures, which have negatively affected international trade in goods, with a few noteworthy exceptions.

Among these are goods used in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic: sterilisation products (incl. disinfectants), medical vehicles and furniture, protective garments, diagnostic testing equipment, medical devices, oxygen equipment and medical consumables, or so called ‘COVID-19 related products’.

In March 2020, extra-EU imports of COVID-19 related products increased by 2% compared with March 2019, in contrast to trade in other similar products (see methodological note), which fell by 5%.

Over the same period, extra-EU exports of COVID-19 related products increased by 18%, while extra-EU exports of other similar products fell by 6%.

Eurostat, 18 June 2020