TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s foreign trade turnover was reduced by 0.1 percent in the first eight months of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012, according to new figures from Georgian National Statistics Department, GeoStat.

The preliminary foreign trade data covers the period January-August this year and show that the total turnover in 2013 was USD 8 million less than in first eight months of 2012.

In 2012, the total turnover was USD 6 646.4 million, compared to USD 6 638 million in 2013.

Export was USD 1 759 million, which is 13 percent more than in 2012, while import was USD 4 879 million, or 4 percent less than last year.

Negative net balance January-August 2013 was USD 3 121 million. This is 47 percent of the total foreign trade turnover.

Precide data will be published on September 24 and will have more details.