In January-November 2013, the positive trade balance of the Russian Federation decreased by 0.4% year-on-year to $189.3 billion, Russia's Federal Customs Service informed.
Russia's positive trade balance in relation to non-CIS countries was $160.6 billion (+$2.6 billion year-on-year), positive trade balance in relation to CIS countries was 28.7 billion (-$2.9 billion year-on-year).
Russia's 11-month exports held steady year-on-year at $476.5 billion. Non-CIS countries accounted for 86.2%, CIS countries for 13.8% of the total amount of exports.
Fuel and energy products formed the backbone of Russia's exports to countries outside the FSU (74.4% in the export commodity structure, against 72.9% in January-November 2012).
The amount of Russia's 11-month imports also stood broadly flat at $287.2 billion (+1.7% year-on-year). Over this period, non-CIS countries accounted for 87.1%, CIS countries for 12.9% of the total amount of imports. The share of machinery and equipment in the commodity structure of imports from non-CIS countries in January-November 2013 was 50.6% (against 52% in January-November 2012)