By Ayya Lmahamad
Azerbaijan’s foreign trade surplus amounted to $7.5 billion in January-October 2021, the State Customs Committee has reported.
During the first 10 months of the year, the country's trade turnover amounted to $26.1 billion. Of the total turnover, export amounted to $16.8 billion or 64.3 percent, while import was $9.3 billion or 35.6 percent, resulting in a surplus of $7.5 billion.
Moreover, legal entities and individual entrepreneurs in the country carried out trade operations with partners in 185 countries.
In terms of export, the EU countries accounted for $9.7 billion or 57.6 percent, the CIS countries for $1.4 billion or 8.5 percent, and other countries for $5.6 billion or 33.7 percent of the country's total export.
As to the import, the CIS countries accounted for $2.2 billion or 24.3 percent, the EU countries accounted for $1.7 billion or 18.9 percent and other countries for $5.2 billion for 56.6 percent of the country's imports during the reported period.
Furthermore, 637,066 tons of cargo worth $562.5. million were transported by sea, 5.7 million tons worth $2.4 billion by railway, and 3.8 million tons worth $7.4 billion of cargo by car. Some 57,997 tons of cargo worth $1.1 billion were transported by air in January-October.
In the structure of exports, the main volume came from products of the oil and gas sector with 87.8 percent, while the non-oil and gas sector amounted to 12.1 percent of the total export volume.
Additionally, during the reported months, Azerbaijan's main export transactions were with Italy ($6.6 billion), Turkey ($2 billion), Croatia ($751.2 million), Russia ($696.9 million) and Israel ($618 million).
Azerbaijan's main import transactions during the first 10 months of the year were with Russia with $1.6 billion, Turkey with $1.4 billion, China with $1.3 billion, Germany with $530.6 million, and the U.S. with $365.7 million.
Ayya Lmahamad is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @AyyaLmahamad
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