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Tajikistan's foreign trade up $35.8 million

DUSHANBE, October 18 (RIA Novosti) - The Central Asian Republic of Tajikistan expanded its foreign trade turnover by 2.3% in January-September 2005 year-on-year to $1.59 billion.

According to the State Statistics Committee, Tajikistan exported an estimated $643.3 million worth of goods, or $30.3 million less than in the same period last year. Imports increased by $66.1 million to $946 million. Therefore, the trade balance was negative at $302.6 million.

Tajikistan mainly exported goods to the Netherlands (53.5%), Turkey (11.5%), Russia (8.2%), Uzbekistan (6.6%), Latvia (4.3%), and Iran (3.9%). Tajikistan largely imported goods from the Commonwealth of Independent States, with Russia accounting for 18.4%, Kazakhstan for 12.9%, Uzbekistan for 12.7%, Azerbaijan for 7.7%, and Ukraine for 6.1%.

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