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Imports of Hepatitis C Drug Increased External Trade

Imports of Hepatitis C drugs have contributed in increasing rate of external trade in Georgia, however the rate is declined.

In January-September 2016 external merchandise trade (excluding non-declared trade) in Georgia amounted to USD 9104 million, 24 percent higher year-on-year. The exports equaled USD 1512 million (8 percent lower), while the imports stood at USD 7592 million (34 percent higher).

It should be noticed that in the accounting period import of C hepatitis medications took place excluding which import equals USD 5194 (3 percent lower).

The negative trade balance was USD 6080 million in January-September 2016 and its share in external trade turnover constituted 67 percent. Export excluding re-export amounted to USD 1195 million.