At the end of 2018, the value of Polish direct investments abroad amounted to PLN 92.5 billion. Poland ranks third among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The Czechs and Hungarians invest more.
By far the most important motivation for 93 percent of the surveyed exporters to invest abroad is to increase the sales market. Only 9 percent plans direct investments abroad in the years 2020-2021, this is a similar percentage as in recent years.
In terms of the largest cumulative value of direct investment abroad, Poland with the amount of USD 28.5 billion at the end of 2018 took the third place among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
Two countries were ahead of us: the Czech Republic ($ 34.8 billion) and Hungary ($ 29 billion). Behind us were, among others Estonia ($ 8 billion) and Slovenia ($ 6.7 billion). At the end of 2018, as much as 90 percent Polish direct investment abroad was located in Europe.
The last survey was conducted in October 2019. It shows that direct investment abroad is undertaken mainly by large enterprises employing 250 and more employees.
Exporters investing abroad are generally characterized by a high degree of export orientation.
Half of them exported over 50 percent its production, and only in every fifth share of export in sales did not exceed 10 percent. Nearly 60 percent Polish investors abroad assess their technical level as medium-high.