Trade potential

The total volume of goods sold outside the country from ATU Gagauzia in 2019 amounted to 1985 million lei, which is more than in 2018 by 15%. Gagauzia accounted for 5.6% of the total export volume of the Republic of Moldova. In 2019 economic agents of Gagauzia exported to 60 countries.

In the structure of the total export volume, 92,2% are occupied by 6 groups of goods: alcoholic beverages (44,5%), knitwear (19,7%), cereals (11,2%), glass and glass products (5,0%), vegetable products (7,1%), oilseeds and fruits (4,7%).

In the structure of imports by groups of goods, supplies of boilers and equipment (23,8%), clothing (15,3%), fuel and oil (7,3%), timber and wood products (6,0%), transport (10,9%), plastics and plastic products (4,7%), glass and glass products (3,5%).

Export from ATU Gagauzia in 2019 (million lei)
CIS countries
EU countries
Other countries
Import of ATU Gagauzia in 2019 (million lei)
EU countries
CIS countries
Other countries
Dynamics of export and import of ATU Gagauzia for 2015-2019 (million lei)


Economic cooperation
The Republic of Moldova has signed 43 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), all of them are valid for Gagauzia, including:
DCFTA Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union - 500 million consumers;
CIS Free Trade Agreement with CIS countries - 250 million consumers;
FTA Free Trade Agreement with Turkey - 80 million consumers;
CEFTA Central European Free Trade Agreement (Moldova, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and UNMIK (Kosovo) - 30 million consumers;
GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) - 60 million consumers.
Competitive advantages of the free trade agreement between the Republic of Moldova and Turkey

The agreement signed between the Republic of Moldova and Turkey, which entered into force on November 1, 2016, provides a competitive advantage for both parties. The current situation, shown in the table below, describes the actual trade relations between Turkey and Russia, governed by the indicated import tariffs. Starting from November 1, 2016, the Republic of Moldova can act as a commercial and industrial intermediary between Turkish and Russian companies, since Turkish companies located in the country will be able to export to Russia duty-free.

EU CIS Turkey
Export, 2018 (thousand EURO) 34 559 21 764 17 281
Major trading partners Cyprus, Romania, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria Russia, Belarus, Ukraine
Exported products Knitwear, Clothing, Oilseeds, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), Glass products, Fuel / industrial oils Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), Cereals, Glass, Vegetable processing products, Knitwear, Clothes Jerseys, Oilseeds and fruits
Import, 2018 (thousand EURO) 14 465 21 269 24 037
Major trading partners Italy, Romania, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus
Imported products Boilers, Fuel / industrial oils, Paper, Transport, Cotton, Knitwear, Clothing Fuel / industrial oils, Boilers, Bakery products, Cocoa products, Wood products Knitwear, Clothing, Boilers, Paper, Chemical industry products, Transport
Competitive advantages

Competitive advantages

  • Free trade agreement with the CIS countries;
  • FTA Free Trade Agreement with Turkey;
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Source: (LAW on the approval of the Combined Nomenclature of Goods No. 172 of 25.07.2014 https://customs.gov.md/ro/content/nomenclatura-combinata-marfurilor)
Product group code Item name Import duty rate to other countries,%
61 Clothing, jerseys 8-12%
34 Detergents 5-6%
30 Pharmaceuticals 0%
74 Copper and articles thereof 0%
07 Vegetables, table roots and tubers 5-15%
87 Vehicles and parts 0-10%
08 Fruits and nuts 5-20%