Abkhazia's foreign trade turnover amounted to almost 40 billion rubles ($538.6 million) in 2022.
SUKHUM / AQW'A -- Chairman of the State Customs Committee, Otar Khetsia, noted that the measures to strengthen customs control and structural changes in customs authorities had a positive effect on the positive dynamics of the implementation of planned indicators for customs payments in 2022.
Abkhazia's foreign trade turnover in 2022 amounted to 39.9 billion rubles ($538.1 million), which is 11.2% more than in 2021. The plan for 2022 was fulfilled by 117%, said Alias Labakhua, the first deputy chairman of the State Customs Committee.
In 2022, the volume of export deliveries from Abkhazia amounted to 6 billion 963 million rubles ($93.9 million). Compared to 2021, the figure increased by 903 million rubles ($12.2 million), or by 14.9%.
The trade turnover of the republic for imports in 2022 amounted to 32 billion 968 million rubles ($444.7 million). Compared to 2021, the growth was 3 billion 104 million rubles ($41.9 million), or 10.4%.
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Labakhua highlighted the various modes of cargo transportation to Abkhazia, stating that cargo was transported by road for a total of 29 billion 669 million rubles ($400.1 million), by rail for 5 billion 617 million rubles ($75.9 million), and by sea for 4 billion 645 million rubles ($62.6 million).
Furthermore, the volume of customs duty charges for 2022 amounted to 2 billion 924.9 million rubles ($39.5 million), exceeding the plan by 17%.
The structure of customs payments is as follows:
Customs duty - 547.5 million rubles ($7.5 million),
Customs fee - 412.3 million rubles ($5.7 million),
Excise tax - 242.4 million rubles ($3.3 million),
Fee for issuing excise stamps - 24.2 million rubles ($333,000),
Value added tax - 1 billion 683.5 million rubles ($23.2 million),
Other payments - 15.3 million rubles ($211,000).