trade surplus in 2021
US, China, Japan and Mexico
are the main European medical device trade partners
Europe has a positive medical devices trade balance of €6 billion in 20211. This represents a 31% decrease compared to 2020 (€ 8.7 billion). The main European medical device trade partners remain the same as in previous years: the US, China, Japan and Mexico.
The medical devices trade balance of individual countries varies across Europe. Similarly to 2020, in 2021 the international trade balance indicator, including European intra-community trade, is highest in Germany and Ireland followed by the Netherlands and Switzerland.