On a monthly basis, unadjusted exports decreased 6.7 percent and imports fell 5.9 percent.
Year-on-year, exports increased 8 percent to USD 44.28 billion. Sales to countries outside the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) increased 5.7 percent year-on-year, lower than a 7 percent rise in the previous two months. Shipments to the CIS countries jumped 22.5 percent, the highest annual increase since November of 2011.
Imports fell 1.4 percent year-on-year to USD 26 billion. Purchases from non-CIS countries rose for the first time this year by an annual 2 percent while imports from the CIS countries fell at a faster 22.1 percent.
In the first three months of 2014, Russian exports fell 1.6 percent over a year earlier while imports decreased at a faster 5.4 percent.