International Trade in Cyprus

International Trade in Cyprus

Cyprus has an open free-market economy, which is based on services. Cyprus became a full member of the EU on May 1, 2004, which has been an important milestone in its economic development. For several years, the growth rate of its GDP has been stagnant. The Cypriots are among the most... Read more

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Overview About International Trade in Cyprus

Main Industry Sectors

In the past two decades, Cyprus' economy has shifted from agriculture to light manufacturing and services.

The agricultural and mining sectors contribute around 5% to the GDP and employ around 5% of the active population. The main crops are wine grapes, potatoes, cotton and fruits. Mineral resources are limited, they are  mainly copper, pyrites, chrome, asbestos, and gypsum.

The manufacturing industry (mainly industrial food-processing, paper, chemical products, textiles, metal products, and petroleum refining) accounts for 10% of the GDP, but its competitiveness is declining mainly due to high-cost labor.

The tertiary sector contributes to about two-thirds of the GDP and employs 70% of the active population. Tourism and maritime transportation are considered to be the two pillars of the Cypriot economy. Offshore activities are led by foreign-capital companies based in Cyprus, whose commercial activities are executed exclusively outside Cyprus, giving them substantial tax benefits. Cyprus has the sixth largest shipping fleet in the world.

Currently, the sectors of tourism, real estate and financial services are the main industries in Cyprus and they have allowed th...

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