Increase in Export Value from Industrial Zones in Macedonia

In the first four months of 2014, the value of export from the free economic zones is EUR 350 million. Export value in the first quarter, standing at EUR 250 million registers a 95% rise compared to the same period last year.

If this tempo is maintained the Directorate for Technological and Industrial Development Zones expects the planned figure of EUR 1.2 million export to be exceeded this year. Total export value from Macedonia in the first three months rose by 17%.

"There has been a huge increase in export compared to last year. Only within a month, the value of exported goods from the zones is approximately EUR 100 billion and we are on the right path to achieve or even surpass the overall planned export from the zones of EUR 1.2 billion annually, the Head of TIDZ Directorate, Viktor Mizo, stated.

According to Mizo, the rise comes as a result of the second stage activity of Johnson Matthey which actively adds value, followed by Van Hool which is functional, then Johnson Controls and Kemet electronics.

He further added that he expects the overall export to reach an increase of 30%, if this pace is maintained.

"In the first three months, the growth was EUR 250 million i.e. 95% compared to the first three months of the previous year. In 2013, the export from the zones was close to 25% of Macedonia's total export", Mizo noted.

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