Russia Trade February 2018


Russia: Export growth remains firm in February

April 11, 2018

Merchandise exports totaled USD 31.2 billion in February, recording a robust 20.8% expansion from the USD 25.8 billion observed in the same month of 2017. February’s growth was softer than January’s 31.3% increase, which was a multi-year high. The strong performance in February was underpinned by higher commodity prices and healthy global trade, which drove an upsurge in Russian exports in recent months.

Imports increased 22.8% year-on-year in February to come in at USD 19.0 billion, easing from January’s 20.4% increase. The trade surplus came in at USD 12.2 billion, which was well above the USD 10.3 billion surplus recorded in February 2017.

In line with February’s solid performance, the trailing 12-month sum of the trade balance rose to USD 122 billion, up from January’s USD 120.2 billion and the best reading since March 2016.

Russia Exports Forecast

The analysts we surveyed this month project Russia’s exports to reach USD 390 billion in 2018. Panelists expect exports to reach USD 404 billion in 2019.


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Russia Trade12m February 2018

Note: 12-month sum of trade balance in USD billion and annual variation of the 12-month sum of exports and imports in %.
Source: Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) and Ministry of Economic Development.

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