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Ukraine an increasingly important export market

By M. Alkhazashvili
(Translated by Diana Dundua)
Thursday, December 27
In 2007, Georgia’s top trading partners were Turkey, Russia and Ukraine.

Russia fell from the top of the list after Moscow imposed a blanket trade embargo last year. Since then, Georgia has worked hard to increase exports to other countries, including Ukraine.

In the first eleven months of 2007, as exports to Russia fell slightly, exports to Ukraine grew nearly 60 percent over the same period of the year before.

Key exports include non-wine alcohol worth USD 20.3 million; mineral waters fetching USD 7.4 million; and wine valued at USD 2.3 million.

Georgian imports from Ukraine, meanwhile, were up 63 percent over 2006, reaching USD 471.2 million.