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Belarus’ trade surplus with non-CIS at $972.4m in January-August

MINSK, 30 September (BelTA) – Belarus’ trade surplus in goods with the non-CIS countries totaled $972.4 million in January-August this year, BelTA learnt from the National Statistics Committee.

To compare: in January-August 2010 Belarus posted trade deficit in goods with the non-CIS of $1.11 billion.

In the first eight months of 2011 Belarus’ export to the non-CIS states soared 1.9 times as compared to the same time last year to made up $13.173 billion. The import grew 1.5 times to $12.201 billion. These figures last year were $7.011 billion and $8.123 billion respectively.

In January-August 2011 the export to the CIS leapt 52.7% to $12.87 billion. The import totaled $17.767 billion, up 44.6%. With this, goods supplies from Belarus to the Customs Union increased by 48.9% over the same period a year ago ($9.625 billion). The import from the Customs Union rose 41.6% to $15.722 billion. Over the period under review Belarus exported $9.199 worth of products to Russia (up 49.7%) and imported goods worth $15.621 billion (up 43.1%). The export to Kazakhstan went up by 33.6% to $426 million, the import fell 44.8% to $100.9 million.

On the whole, in January-August this year Belarus’ export of goods totaled $26.044 billion, up 1.7 times. The import reached $29.968 billion, up 1.5 times. Thus, Belarus foreign trade deficit made up $3.924 billion ($4.967 billion in January-August 2010).