Czech exports to Slovakia rose by 22 percent year on year in the first nine months of 2001, amounting to 74.5 billion Czech crowns, or about 8 percent of the country's exports. Imports from Slovakia to the Czech Republic have also risen, if mildly, by some three percent at 55.9 billion crowns, which leaves a Czech trade surplus of over 18 billion. The Czech Republic only exported more to Germany during this period. Many Czech businesses are looking for new markets in Slovakia - an increase in business between the two countries was one item on the agenda of Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman?s visit to Bratislava earlier this week.
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