ArmInfo. In 2018, Armenia is almost 2 times increased the export of soap - up to 111.9 tons. According to the data of the RA Customs Service, in value terms, exports increased by 70.6% - up to $ 87.7 thousand.Almost all exports fell to the Russian market (98.4%), with a volume growth of almost 2 times. The rest was distributed between Georgia, Hong Kong, Korea, USA, United Kingdom, Iran.Armenia imported soap in the amount of 4,029.3 tons, exceeding a year ago by 13.2%. At the same time, the customs value increased by 1.1% to $ 8.6 million.
Basically, soap was imported from the Russian Federation (38.2%), Turkey (11%), Bulgaria (10.1%), Ukraine (10%), Iran ( 7.4%), Malaysia (6.6%), Spain (4.5%), Poland (3%), Germany (2.8%), as well as from Egypt, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Belarus, France, Georgia , Italy, Denmark, USA.At the same time, Armenia reduced the export of detergents and cleaning products by 13.2%- up to 267.9 tons. Accordingly, the customs value decreased by 55.8% to $ 148.8 thousand. The lion's share (65.5%) of exports fell to Georgia, followed by the Russian Federation (23.5%) and Lebanon (11%).
Imports of detergents and cleaning products, by contrast, increased by 20.6% - to 20 thousand tons, with a 4% increase in customs value - to $ 21.8 million. The main import markets were the Russian Federation (44.1%), Turkey (20.8 %), Bulgaria (14.3%), Iran (9.4%), Germany (3%), Poland (2.2%), as well as Ukraine, Italy, Egypt, Spain, USA, United Arab Emirates, Serbia, Georgia , France.According to the RA Statistical Committee, in 2018 soap was produced in Armenia in the amount of 715.3 tons, with an annual growth of 84.9%.