MINSK, 24 December (BelTA) - In January-October this year Belarus increased export of trucks almost 2.6 times over the same period in 2009 to more than 5,300 units, BelTA learnt from the National Statistics Committee.
For the ten months from January to October Belarus boosted export of other major exports. Thus, the export of potash fertilizers accounted for 250.7% of the level of January-October last year truck tractors - 210.8%, rough timber - 164.7%, steel pipes - 161.5%, parts and accessories for tractors and cars - 150.8%, steel cord - 136.7%, meat and meat offal - 137.6%, ceramic tile – 126.8%, chemical fibers and filaments – 111.2%.
At the same time, the export of oil products was down to 64.5% as against January-October 2009 (these are about 8.16 million tonnes). The export of nitrogen fertilizers amounted to 98.9%, or 216,500 tonnes. The country reduced export of agricultural machinery (87.9%), ferrous metals (90.7%), and ethylene (88.8%).
According to the National Statistics Committee, in January-October Belarus increased imports of certain essential commodities, including natural gas. Import of gas amounted to 17.2 billion cubic meters, accounting for 128.6% of the corresponding period last year. The country also increased import of communication equipment (224.7%), electric motors and generators (175.7%), ferrous metals (130.3%), cars (132.4%), pipes made of ferrous metals (132%).
In January-October purchases of oil fell to 64.3%, oil products down to 40.2%. Belarus imported 11.5 million tonnes of oil and over 1.2 million tonnes of oil products, including 10.2 million tonnes of crude oil and 732,600 tonnes of oil products from Russia. The import of products for feeding animals decreased down to 90.1%, trucks - to 70.6%, cereals - to 51.2%.