6 Oct 2010 16:08

Russia imports more dairy products, fruit and vegetables in Sept

MOSCOW. Oct 6 (Interfax) - Russia's food imports in September totaled $2.1 billion, 9.7% more than in September 2009, the Federal Customs Service (FCS) said in materials.

Vegetable imports increased the most, rising 107% to $28.7 million. Imports of fruits and nuts rose 33% to $234.2 million.

Dairy product imports were up 77.4% to $98.5 million in September. Dairy product imports through the first nine months of the year rose 60%, while vegetable imports were up 22.9% in the nine months.

Russia imported grain totaling $16.1 million in September, 7% less year-on-year. However, grain imports in the first nine months were up 150%.

Imports of cooking oil rose 13% to $65.3 million in September, but declined 10.3% in the nine months. In September imports declined 37.8% to $32.9 million for sugar and 13.4% to $115.4 million for tobacco, but rose 17% to $140.7 million for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Meat and sub-product imports totaled $561.1 million in September, 0.3% less than in the same month last year. Imports declined 6.6% to $227 million for beef and 33.7% to $103.6 million for poultry, but increased 20.8% to $103.6 million for pork. Meat and sub-product imports through the first nine months rose 22.7%, the FCS said.

Imports of fish and seafood totaled $149.2 million in September, 7.4% more year-on-year. The value of frozen fish imports was up 18% to $51.5 million, while imports of fish filets fell 45.9% to $41.4 million. Fish imports were up 18% in the nine months.