Tajikistan: Imports exceed exports threefold

DUSHANBE (TCA) — The largest importers of Tajikistan goods are Turkey, Switzerland, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan, Avesta news agency reported.

According to the Tajik Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Turkey accounts for 21.4 percent of Tajikistan’s total exports.

Switzerland accounts for 19.4 percent of the total export.

These two countries mainly import Tajik primary aluminum, gold, and cotton fiber.

In January-July 2019, Tajikistan’s trade with Turkey amounted to US $220.3 million, including $137 million worth of goods exported from Tajikistan.

During this period, Tajikistan’s trade with Switzerland amounted to $131.4 million, including $124.6 million worth of goods exported from Tajikistan.

However, Russia remains the largest trading partner of Tajikistan, with Tajik-Russian trade totaling $570 million in January-July.

Tajikistan’s main export items are primary aluminum, cotton fiber, gold and silver, and dried fruits.

During this period, Tajikistan mainly imported from Russia (29.6 percent of the total imports), Kazakhstan (21.9 percent), and China (17.2 percent).

In January-July, Tajikistan’s exports amounted to $641.5 million and imports exceeded $1.8 billion.

Sergey Kwan

Sergey Kwan

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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