Russia imports from outside CIS rose 1.5% in 11M to $195.986 bln, surged 8.5% in Nov - customs
MOSCOW. Dec 5 (Interfax) - Merchandise imports to Russia from outside the CIS grew 1.5% year-on-year in January-November 2019 to $195.986 billion, the Russian Federal Customs Service (FCS) said, quoting preliminary data.
Imports in November alone jumped 8.5% year-on-year to $19.664 billion. They fell 7.3% in October, rose 5.3% in September, 0.8% in August and 4.8% in July, and fell 6.5% in June.
Imports of food products and ingredients fell 1.2% in 11M to $2.081 billion, while machinery and equipment imports grew 3.0% to $9.756 billion, chemical product imports rose 3.9% to $4.47 billion and imports of textiles and footwear increased 3.9% year-on-year to $887.5 million.
In chemical products, imports of personal care products rose 15.9%, soaps and detergents were up 3.8%, pharmaceuticals soared 2.4-fold and organic and non-organic chemical product imports fell 15.3%.
In textiles and footwear, imports of footwear fell 1.1%, cotton -7.0%, chemical yarn imports - 9.2% and finished textile imports fell 8.4%, while knitwear imports increased 11.5%, textile clothing imports rose 11.5% and textile cloth - 14.8%.
In machinery and equipment imports, there was a 9.5% drop in imports of overland transport means but growth of 32.9% for aircraft, 2.5-fold for ships and other vessels and 2.2-fold for railway locomotives.
In food products, imports of vegetables were down 7%, grains - 27.7%, tobacco - 15.8%, fish - 9.2%, vegetable oil - 11.6% and sugar - 3.9%, while they rose for fruits and nuts rose - 1.1%, meat and meat products - 4.3%, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages - 15.6%, and dairy products - 44.3%.