The volume of foreign trade of Belarus increased by 9.3% in 2002 compared to that of 2001 and reached $7.78bn. The official forecast for the rate of growth in the trade volume in 2002 was 6.3-7.4%. The Ministry of Statistics and Analysis of Belarus reported that this growth in foreign trade was due to a substantial increase in both exports, which rose by 8.7% to $8.1bn, and imports, which grew by 9.8% to $8.98bn. The physical volume of exports increased by 9.7% in 2002 compared to that of 2001, while the average price of exported goods decreased by 0.9%. The physical volume of imports increased by 11%, and the average price of imported goods declined by 1.1%.
The volume of exports to Russia (in US dollars) rose by 2.4% in 2001, and their physical volume was up 3.7%. The volume of imports from Russia in dollars rose by 9.3%, and the physical volume grew by 10.6%. The average prices of exports to Russia and imports from Russia decreased by 1.3% and 1.2% respectively.
For the time being, one needs to finish the construction of the section that is 100 kilometres long. On October 17, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with RND that the project would be completed