Updated at 20:51,24-11-2020

Belarus' trade with EU reported down 28.9 percent in first seven months of 2013

By Maryna Nosava, BelaPAN

Belarus' trade with the European Union decreased by 28.9 percent year-on-year in the first seven months of 2013 to total $12,672.6 million, compared with a 33.1-percent increase in the same period the previous year, reported the National Statistical Committee (Belstat).

According to Belstat, Belarus had a surplus of $774.6 million, with exports decreasing by 48.1 percent year-on-year to total $6,723.6 million and imports increasing by 22.3 percent.

Belarus' exports to Russia totaled $9,605.7 million, or 5.7 percent more than in January-July 2012, with imports totaling $13,252.6 million, down 22.8 percent.

In January-July 2013, Belarus' exports to Ukraine totaled $2,611.1 million, 19.6 percent less than in the same period last year; exports to the Netherlands totaled $2,720.4 million, down 53.8 percent; exports to Poland totaled $463.6 million, down 20.6 percent; and exports to Lithuania totaled $607.9 million, down 22.8 percent.

Belarus' exports to Latvia dropped by 88.2 percent to total $348.8 million.

Exports to China totaled $362.8 million, or 5.6-percent year-on-year increase; exports to Italy totaled $567.8 million, up 46.1 percent; exports to the United States totaled $47.8 million, up 9.3 percent; exports to Britain totaled $399.7 million, up 34 percent; exports to France totaled $49.2 million, up 37.9 percent; and exports to Germany totaled $1,014.1 million, up 0.1 percent.

Imports from Ukraine totaled $1,212.2 million, up 0.3 percent; imports from the Netherlands totaled $248.3 million, up 4.1 percent; imports from Germany totaled $1,803.2 million, up 34.1 percent; imports from China totaled $1,620.5 million, up 46.7 percent; imports from Poland totaled $863 million, up 19.4 percent; imports from Italy totaled $594.1 million, up 15.2 percent; imports from Britain totaled $216.2 million, up 8.9 percent; imports from Lithuania totaled $245.6 million, up 36.1 percent; imports from Latvia totaled $88.1 million, up 17 percent; imports from the United States totaled $337.3 million, up 17.5 percent; and imports from France amounted to $293.9 million, up 24.5 percent.