RF import from non-CIS countries grew by 50% to top $119 bln in Jan-Jun.

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MOSCOW, July 15 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s import from non-CIS countries was preliminary estimated at 119.2 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of the year, or 48 percent more than in the same period of 2010, the Russian Federal Customs Service (FCS) said in a regular report on Friday.

In June 2011, the country’s import in value terms from non-CIS countries decreased by 2.3 percent, as compared to this May, and stood at 22.5 billion U.S. dollars, and went up by 44.9 percent, as against June 2010, the report wrote.

In the period under review, Russia increased the purchase of machines by 52.6 percent, foods by 37.8 percent, chemicals by 28.3 percent, textile and footwear by 16.1 percent, the FCS said in the report.

According to the service, “the hike of machine imports was mainly caused by the growth of purchases of motor vehicles (70 percent), mechanical equipment (50 percent), electrical equipment (27.7 percent), and optical instruments and devices (31.9 percent).”

Among chemicals, Russia increased import of polymers and rubber (41 percent), products of organic and non-organic chemistry (34.9 percent), soap and house cleaning detergents (21.1 percent), pharmaceutical goods (16.8 percent), and makeup and perfumes (13.3 percent), the Federal Customs Service reported.

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