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Mogilev-based enterprises increased the value of commodity exports by 32% in January-April 2007 in comparison with this time last year to a total of $427.4 million, an official with the Foreign Trade Department of Mogilev Region Administration told Interfax.

Imports rose by 33% to reach $359.5 million, the source added.

The 2007 export target is set at 9%, while imports are expected to grow by 6%.

The CIS states accounted for 71% of the region's exports (Russia-59%), non-CIS states - 29%.

Imports from the CIS accounted for 63.5% of the region's overall imports (Russia - 51.9%), non-CIS - 36.5%.

Trade turnover with Russia reached $438.9 million (34.7% up). This January-April Mogilev Region with 75 Russian regions, with most of the export and import falling on Moscow city and Moscow Region.

In January-April 2007 Mogilev Region produced a surplus of $76.6 million in trade with the CIS.

The region's major trade partners are EurAsEC member states (Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) that account for 86.8% of the trade turnover and Ukraine (11.8%).

The main trade partners of Mogilev Region among non-CIS states are Germany, Lithuania, Malaysia, Poland and the Netherlands.

In January-April 2007 Mogilev Region traded with 95 countries.

Most of the region's exports fell on plastic and rubber (37.1%), polyesters, textiles, chemical threads and fibres.


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