Bulgaria, a developing market economy, is easily affected by world market fluctuations. Political changes in Bulgaria in 2014 and 2015 led to more stable relations with EU member partners. Trade is expected to slowly move upwards as a result. Bulgaria is broadly recognized as an excellent gateway into the wider EU market for agricultural products. The Bulgarian market is not yet well explored by U.S. agricultural suppliers. U.S. agricultural exports to Bulgaria in 2015 totaled more than U.S. $57 million, according to Intrastat statistical data provided by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute. Over the last five years such U.S. exports have ranged from U.S. $18 million to U.S. $74 million.