Foreign trade

The aluminium industry is a globally oriented branch of industry with a high export share. In 2018, over 46 per cent of all German production was exported. More than half of the products exported went to partner countries in the European Union. Imports’ share of the German domestic market was 42 per cent based on all aluminium products.

Export 2017/2018

The aluminium industry is a globally oriented branch of industry with a high export share. In 2018, 1.9 million tonnes of German production was exported, which meant an increase of of 1.5 % compared with 2017. 85 % of the products exported went to partner countries in Europe; 77 % to countries in the European Union.

Foreign trade in raw aluminium (in tonnes)

Country Import 2017 Export 2017 Import 2018 Export 2018
Total 2,638,600 476,900 2,584.500 458,700
EU 28 1,146,000 349,100 1,385,700 348,500
EFTA 456,400 110,900 418,900 97,600
Eastern Europe 234,700 2,300 300,100 2,700
Rest of Europe 0 100 0 0
Europe, total 2,152,100 462,400 2,104,700 448,800
North America 12,000 1,100 24,200 800
Central and South America 7,000 100 9,600 0
Africa 87,500 0 70,300 0
Asia 282,200 13,300 285,300 9,100
Australia/New Zealand 300 0 800 0
Rest of the world 96,900 0 89,600 0

Foreign trade in semi-finished aluminium products

Country Import 2017 Export 2017 Import 2018 Export 2018
Total 1,660,700 1,912,500 1,656,300 1,939,900
EU 28 1,064,900 1,451,800 1,065,100 1,493,900
EFTA 292,600 80,500 273,500 84,800
Eastern Europe 169,100 85,900 169,500 84,000
Rest of Europe 0 0 0 0
Europe, total 1,526,600 1,618,200 1,508,100 1,662,700
North America 33,000 79,100 12,600 87,800
Central and South America 100 67,800 0 71,300
Africa 20,100 29,200 23,000 29,300
Asia 80,800 110,700 112,600 83,800
Australia/New Zealand 100 7.500 0 5,000

Contact

Dr. Andreas Postler

Head of Economics and Trade Policy

Phone: +49 211 4796-118
e-mail: andreas.postler@aluinfo.de