Exports increased to 43.45 billion USD, from 41.59 billion in July and 41.18 billion a year ago. Shipments to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) dropped for the sixth month in a row by 0.9 percent year-on-year. In contrast, sales to the non-CIS countries increase for the second consecutive month by 8.4 percent yoy.
Imports rose to 30.14 billion USD in July, from 27.94 billion USD in June and 29.7 billion USD a year earlier. Imports from the CIS countries led the expansion and rose 6.8 percent yoy.