The Azerbaijani State Customs Committee announced a decrease in the volume of foreign trade operations by 9.53 percent in January-July 2014 compared to the same period of last year, the committee said Aug. 18.
Azerbaijan's foreign trade partners for this period numbered 137 countries.
The total trade turnover of Azerbaijan exceeded $18.13 billion, according to the report.
Black ink worth over $8.36 billion was formed in foreign trade operations.
Foreign trade surplus was $7.68 billion in the same period of last year, while over $1.25 billion as of July 2014.
About 4,676 legal and physical entities were involved in foreign economic activities during this period, 3,107 being legal entities and 1,569 physical entities, according to the report.
Export operations reached $13.25 billion in January-July which is 4.44 percent less compared to the same period of 2013.
The public sector share in export operations was estimated at $12.47 billion, the private sector share - $659.57 million and physical entities' share- $115.65 million.
Imports exceeded $4.88 billion in January-July which is 20.97 percent less compared to the same period of 2013.
The public sector share in import operations was estimated at $1.22 billion, private sector share- $3.47 billion and physical entities' share - $192.16 million.
About 1,732 kinds of goods were exported from Azerbaijan and 5,436 imported to Azerbaijan in January-July.