Venezuelan imports from Russia soar 308 % in 2008-2010

May 22, 2012 12:00 AM

The year-on-year growth of trade among the Russian Federation, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) was 30 %, between 2004 and 2009.
However, in 2009-2011, trade tripled, according to a report presented by the Latin America and Caribbean Economic System (SELA) in a regional meeting.

The document highlights that the trade balance between Russia and Latin America is positive for the region as a whole, even though some countries have a negative trade balance. Nevertheless, in 2010, "LAC exported to this emerging economy (Russia) 138 % more than it imported, which represents a difference of some $ 6.30 bn. This amount is significantly higher than in previous years."
The European Union is Russia s most important partner, with 49.4 % of the exports and 47.1 % of the imports in 2011. In the Latin American and Caribbean region, Russia s most important partner is Brazil, but it accounts for a very small quota of Russia s total trade.

The paper emphasizes that since the beginning of the present Venezuelan government, in 1999, a process of rapprochement also began between Venezuela Presidents Hugo Chavez and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Agreements on energy, science and technology were signed gradually.
It also stresses that "Venezuela s imports from Russia are remarkable. They soared 308 % between 2008 and 2010, from $ 238 mm to $ 973 mm. With this amount, in just three years, Venezuela ranked second in Latin America in terms of volume, in spite of a decrease in 2009."

The paper explains that "this increase is due to the implementation of the agreements under which Russia supplies military equipment to Venezuela, including aircraft, missile system, weapons, spare parts and other supplies.”
“Besides, Venezuela imports civil aviation technology, fertilizers, oil by-products (plastics, rubber and its related products). It is the only country of the region with an unfavourable trade balance."

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