Kazakhstan's Trade Situation In The First Half Of 2020

- Sep 17, 2020-

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From January to July, Kazakhstan's total import and export fell 10.7% year-on-year


   Interfax News Agency, Almaty, September 15, according to data released by the State Statistics Committee of Kazakhstan, from January to July 2020, Kazakhstan achieved total foreign trade imports and exports of US$ 48.7 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 10.7%.


  Among them, exports were 28.6 billion U.S. dollars, down 13.3%; imports were 20.1 billion U.S. dollars, down 6.5%; and the trade surplus was 8.5 billion U.S. dollars, down 29.2%.


   During the statistical period, Kazakhstan’s exports to the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union were US$ 2.847 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 19.4%; imports from the member states of the Union were US$ 7.554 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 7.5%.


The main export destinations of Kazakhstan are China (accounting for 19.4%), Italy (14.4%) and Russia (8.8%); the main sources of imports are Russia (accounting for 35.2%), China (15%) and South Korea (14%) . (Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Kazakhstan)


   January-August Kazakhstan's cargo turnover fell 4.1% year-on-year


   Interfax News Agency, Almaty, September 15, according to data released by the National Statistics Committee of Kazakhstan, from January to August 2020, Kazakhstan completed a cargo turnover of 376.509 billion ton-kilometers, down 4.1% year-on-year.


Among them, the railway cargo turnover was 194.075 billion ton-kilometers, an increase of 4.4%; the highway cargo turnover was 98.739 billion ton-kilometers, a decrease of 14.3%; the pipeline transportation cargo turnover was 83.165 billion ton-kilometers, a decrease of 8.7%; the marine cargo turnover was 460.2 million ton-km, a 11.2% decrease ; Air cargo turnover is 34.3 million tons-kilometers, down 35.9%.


   During the statistical period, Kazakhstan completed a passenger turnover of 85.646 billion person-kilometers, a year-on-year decrease of 55.8%. (Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Kazakhstan)


  In the first half of the year, Kazakhstan exported US$196 million in agricultural products to China


Interfax News Agency, Nur-Sultan, September 15, Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture Isayeva issued a message via her Facebook account, saying that from January to June 2020, Kazakhstan exported 489,000 tons of agricultural products to China, amounting to 1.96 Billion US dollars, an increase of 15% year-on-year.


   Among them, crops were 274,000 tons, valued at 86 million U.S. dollars, an increase of 11%; agricultural processed products were 213,000 tons, valued at 104 million U.S. dollars, an increase of 18%; livestock products were 2,000 tons, valued at 5 million U.S. dollars, an increase of 25%.


  I said that at present, more than 570 Kazakh enterprises have been approved to export agricultural products to China. Among them, there are 90 animal-derived product production and processing enterprises, and 486 plant-derived product production and processing enterprises. There are 404 Kazakh companies that can export agricultural products to China guaranteed by the Kazakh inspection and quarantine department (without Chinese experts' inspection).


   Among them, there are 77 animal-derived product production and processing enterprises and 327 plant-derived product production and processing enterprises. During the epidemic, the competent authorities of Kazakhstan and China agreed to implement remote inspections on meat processing, pig-raising and fish product processing enterprises, and are currently negotiating an inspection mechanism for plant-derived product production and processing enterprises. (Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy in Kazakhstan)


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