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Belarus’ merchandise export to Russia up by 5.5% in H1 2013

MINSK, 1 August (BelTA) – In January-June 2013 Belarus exported $8.169 billion worth of goods to Russia, up by 5.5% compared to the same period a year earlier, BelTA learnt from the National Statistics Committee.

In H1 2013 Belarus’ import from Russia stood at $11.231 billion, down by 24.3% from the same period of 2012. Belarus’ merchandise export to Kazakhstan went down by 8.5% to $377.7 million, import declined by 28.5% down to $44 million. In January-June 2013 the trade with the countries of the Customs Union and the Single Economic Space shrank by 14% and made up $19.822 billion

The trade with the CIS countries made up $23.654 billion (down by 13.2%). The export to the CIS member states inched down by 0.6% to $11.236 billion, the import fell by 22.2% to $12.417 billion.

In January-June 2013 the trade in goods with the non-CIS states made up $16.453 billion (77% as against January-June 2012), the export was equal $7.975 billion (down by 42.9%), and import neared $8.477 billion (up 14.5%). Belarus posted a $337.8 million trade surplus with these countries.

The trade in goods with the European Union came to $10.742 billion (down by 30.6% as against January-June 2012). The export stood at $5.783 billion (down by 49.4%), the import rose by 22.2% to make up $4.958 billion. Belarus maintained a trade surplus with the EU in January-June 2013 that stood at $824.7 million.

In H1 2013 Belarus’ merchandise trade decreased by 17.5% as against the same period of last year and amounted to $40.107 billion. Exports of goods shrank by 24% from January-June 2012 to $19.212 billion. Imports fell by 10.5% and totaled $20.895 billion. In the result, Belarus had a $1.682 billion deficit in foreign merchandise trade in H1 2013. In the same period last year, Belarus had a surplus of $1.921 billion.