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Azerbaijan Boosts Tea, Cotton Exports

Azerbaijan increased exports of two of its traditional commodities - tea and cotton - in the first two months of 2010. The commodities were, nonetheless, still dwarfed by Azerbaijan's oil and gas exports.

Azerbaijan exported 1,360.5 tons of tea worth $5,847,500, in January and February, according to figures from the State Customs Committee reported by 1news.az. This is a 39.4% increase over the first two months of 2009, when 975.9 tons of tea worth $4,564,500 were exported.

During the reporting period, Azerbaijan imported 1,843.1 tons of tea worth $3,853,800, an 11.8% drop compared to last year (2089.6 tons worth $4,448,200).

In January and February 2010, Azerbaijan exported 806.8 tons of cotton for $972,500, a 37.8% growth compared to last year. Cotton accounted for 0.03% of exports during the reporting period.

In 2009 the country exported 17,371.6 tons of cotton for $17,358,500, which was 119.27% of cotton exports in 2008. Last year cotton accounted for 0.12% of all Azerbaijan's exports.

In the first two months of the year, Azerbaijan's total exports were worth $3.217bn.

Source: News.az

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