Austria’s Commodities Trade: Export Performance Growth Signals Prosperity In 2020

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Economy of Austria – Overview

Austria is ranked as the 31st largest export economy in the world and it exports $141 billion of goods every year while importing $146 billion, which gives it a negative trade balance of $4.74 billion.

The GDP of Austria is $376 billion which results in a GDP per capita of $49,400.

The country has managed to improve its export performance in the last five years and the value of its exports has risen at an annualized rate of 0.7% during that period, rising from $140 billion to $141 billion.

Austria’s Top 5 Commodity Exports

CommodityAmount (Annually)
Petroleum Gas
$1.38 billion
Refined Petroleum $1.34 billion
Raw Aluminium $497 million
Gold $408 million
Wheat $233 million

Austria’s Other Notable Exports

  1. Packaged Medicaments – $5.49 billion
  2. Vehicle Parts – $4.55 billion
  3. Cars – $4.02 billion
  4. Combustion Engines – $2.52 billion
  5. Flavored Water – $2.17 billion

The top export destinations of Austria are Germany ($38.8 billion), United States ($11 billion), Italy ($9.1 billion), Switzerland ($7.82 billion) and France ($6.17 billion).

Austria’s Top 5 Commodity Imports

CommodityAmount (Annually)
Refined Petroleum $3.5 billion
Crude Petroleum $2.91 billion
Gold $2.14 billion
Raw Aluminium $926 million
Pig Meat $298 million

Austria’s Other Notable Imports

  1. Cars – $8.19 billion
  2. Hormones – $3.24 billion
  3. Packaged Medicaments – $3.04 billion
  4. Corn – $231 million
  5. Silver – $215 million

More Information on Austria’s Imports/Exports

Petroleum Gas

Exports of petroleum gas account for 0.97% of Austria’s annual export totals and the country has a less than 1% market share of a global export trade that is worth $127 billion annually.

Italy and Hungary are primary destinations for Austrian petroleum gas exports, importing just over 65% of their annual total exports of this product.

Refined Petroleum

Virtually all of Austria’s refined petroleum exports are destined for European destinations with Hungary, Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic being the main importers.

The value of Austria’s refined petroleum exports equate to a market share of 0.3% of an annual global market worth $412 billion.

Raw Aluminum

The value of the country’s raw aluminum exports represents 0.35% of the nation’s annual export output.

Austria has a 1.4% share of a global raw aluminum export market that is worth $37.2 billion annually.


Neighbouring Germany is the main importer of Austria’s gold exports and accounts for 56% of their annual shipments, followed by Switzerland who import 10% of the $408 million total.

Austria imports substantially more gold than it exports, importing $2.14 billion of gold annually, compared to exports of $408 million.


The worldwide annual value of wheat shipments is $36.3 billion and Austria is not in the top fifteen of exporters, who account for 89.9% of the total.

Wheat production in Austria has failed to reach 2 million tons in any of the last 10 years.

Burgenland is situated in the so-called “Pannonian” climate zone, which is regarded as the best region for the production of wheat.

Did you know?

Once considered to be one of the poorest countries in Europe after the Second World War, Austria has subsequently managed to become one of the most prosperous countries in the world over the last 20 years

A Few Interesting Facts About Austria

  • Austria is currently the only European Union member that is not a member of NATO.
  • The Austrian Eisriesenwelt Caves, often known as “the world of the ice giants,” is the largest accessible ice cave system in the world.
  • Austria’s national flag is among the oldest national banners in the world. Back In 1191, Duke Leopold V of Austria’s tunic became blood spattered and when he removed his wide sash, a white band was revealed. The red-white-red color combination was subsequently adopted as his banner and the national emblem.

All figures based on OEC/IMF 2016 calculations and projections unless otherwise stated.

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