Italian exports prevailed in 2021 with results above pre-Covid levels. This is what was revealed by the XXXV edition of the “Report on foreign trade – Italy in the international economy”, presented last July 16 by ICE Agenzia in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, and of the Istat president, Gian Carlo Blangiardo. Among the G8 countries, Italy is second in terms of smaller decline in exports and has performed much better than France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Poster of the event for the XXXV edition of the “Report on foreign trade – Italy in the international economy”

The study on our country’s exports – carried out by ICE Agenzia together with Prometeia, Istat, The European House Ambrosetti, Masi Foundation and Bocconi University – highlighted that, already during the pandemic, the contribution of exports to Italy’s GDP was less unfavorable than that of the other components, consumption and investments. The growth of Italian exports marks a total of 161.549 billion euros in 2021 and concerns almost all sectors, largely positive also in 2019.

Minister Luigi Di Maio at the presentation of the “Report on foreign trade – Italy in the international economy”

Food, beverages and tobacco products grew by 5.3% compared to the same period in 2020 and, even, by 12.3% over the same period in 2019; the metals sector recorded + 29.1% on the first quarter of 2020 and + 12% on the same period of 2019, that of chemical products + 10.2% and + 7.1% in the same period on 2019, while the electrical appliances sector + 31.6% compared to the same period of 2020 and + 8.2% on 2019.

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Carlo Ferro, president of ICE

“A year ago I said that once the emergency was overcome, the excellence of Made in Italy would prevail; a year later, numbers in hand, we can say that excellence prevailed even during the pandemic” said Carlo Ferro, president of ICE, during the presentation of the Ice report and Istat-Ice Yearbook 2021. “We are gradually coming out of it thanks to the progress of the vaccination campaign, we feel the energy of companies and people to intercept the restart without losing a day”, he concluded.

According to the ICE report, exporting companies have a strategic dynamism on average higher than that of companies that do not export: a greater degree of resilience during the crisis and reaction to change in the restart. As for the Italian startups, severely tested by Covid-19, the most recent data have revealed an increase in innovative startups despite the pandemic emergency and this thanks to the dynamics of the startup sector and, above all, to the financing of innovation. post pandemic crisis.