Russian imports from non-CIS countries soar 21.1% in Jan to $13.676 bln - Customs
MOSCOW. Feb 12 (Interfax) - Imports of goods from non-CIS countries to Russia in January 2018 jumped 21.1% year-on-year to $13.676 billion, the Federal Customers Service (FCS) said in preliminary data on Monday.
Growth in imports can be observed against the backdrop of a low January 2017 base, which saw imports from non-CIS countries of $11.29 billion, up 39.4%, according to adjusted figures. In January 2016, imports stood at $8.1 billion, down 17.9%, while January 2015 saw $9.9 billion in imports, down 40.8% and January 2014 figures stood at $16.7 billion, down 1.4%.
Imports of machine-building products in January grew 21.1% to $6.456 billion, chemical products - 23.1% to $2.621 billion, textile goods and footwear - up 19.7% to $1.009 billion, and food products by 13.2% to $1.798 billion.
Among food products, imports rose 41.1% for grain crops, 34% for alcoholic beverages, 32.7% for meat and meat by-products, 14.2% for vegetables, 10.2% for fruits, 8.5% for fish, 7.5% for sugar and 5.1% for vegetable oil. At the same time, imports declined 24.7% for dairy products and 14.3% for tobacco.
Among chemical products, imports of polymers and rubber rose 29.2%, organic and inorganic chemicals by 26.4%, perfumery and cosmetics by 21.5%, soap and synthetic detergents by 14.8% and pharmaceutical products by 9.6%.
Among textile goods, imports of chemical fibers increase by 35%, finished textile goods by 29.1%, textile materials by 25.3%, cotton by 23.6%, clothes by 18.5% and footwear by 18.3%.
For machine-building products, imports of electrical equipment grew 34.5%, mechanical equipment by 19.7%, overland transport means by 24.7%, rail cars and equipment by 8.1%, while imports of aircraft fell 21.7%, optical instruments by 8.8% and ships by 3.6%.