In January-September 2021, Uzbekistan's international trade topped to US$ 28.2 billion, an increase by US$ 680.4 million (+ 2.5%) to the same period last year, the State Statistics Committee said in a report. But this is still below the pre-COVID period in 2019 - US$ 31.6 billion.
In nine months, exports reached US$ 10.3 billion, which is by 17.2% less than in the same period in 2020. Imports grew by 18.7% - to US$ 17.8 billion - and almost recovered to the pre-COVID period figure of 2019 (US$ 17.9 billion). The trade deficit increased to US$ 7.5 billion (in January-September 2020 it was US$ 2.5 billion, in 2019 - US$ 4.7 billion).
At the same time, exports excluding gold increased by 34.1% - from 6.6 billion to 8.9 billion dollars - and almost reached the figure for January-September 2019 (9.69 billion dollars).
Uzbekistan’s top trade partners are China (19.1%), Russia (18.1%), Kazakhstan (9.9%), Turkey (8.6%), the Republic of Korea (4.9%), Kyrgyzstan (2.4%) and Germany (2%).