External Merchandise Trade of Georgia in 2016
External Merchandise Trade (excluding non-declared trade) of Georgia amounted to USD 11985 million in 2016 (preliminary data), grew by 21 percent from the same period of the previous year. The value of export decreased by 4 percent reaching USD 2114 million, while the import grew by 28 percent and amounted to USD 9871 million with respect to of the previous year. The trade deficit equaled USD 7757 million and its share in trade turnover constituted 65 percent.
Import without C hepatitis medicaments equaled USD 7252 million 0.4 percent less compared to the same period of the previous year.
Training for Geostat staffThe large-scale training is being held for the field staff of the Agricultural Statistics Division of National Statistics Office of Georgia, with the assistance and financial support of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).The training encompasses the methodology of sample survey of agricultural holdings, filling in the questionnaires, online data entry and issues of improving communication with respondents. In the learning process, field staff members are also provided with information on the updated sampling frame as a result of 2014 Agricultural Census and other novelties regarding the survey. The staff members of Agricultural and Environment Statistics Division of Geostat conduct the trainings.The management of Geostat attended the current training. According to Ms. Meri Daushvili, the Executive Director of Geostat, conducting such kinds of meetings is very important. She pointed out that the main objective of the training is to increase the qualification of staff members and improve the quality of statistical data in the field of agriculture.The training will be held in two stages – for the field staff of Western and Eastern Georgia. In sum, up to 400 staff members of Geostat will participate in the training.
External Merchandise Trade of Georgia in January-September 2016
External Merchandise Trade (excluding non-declared trade) of Georgia amounted to USD 9104 million in January-September 2016 (preliminary data), grew by 24 percent from the same period of the previous year. The value of export decreased by 8 percent reaching USD 1512 million, while the import grew by 34 percent and amounted to USD 7592 million with respect to January-September of the previous year.
The trade deficit equaled USD 6080 million and its share in trade turnover constituted 67 percent. Import without C hepatitis medicaments equaled USD 5194 million 3 percent less compared to the same period of the previous year.
Geostat was awarded for providing public information accessibilityInstitute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) named National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat) as the most open and transparent public institution in 2016 and award for “providing public information accessibility”.Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and Open Society Georgia Foundation held a conclusive event on information freedom situation in Georgia during 2010-2016 years. IDFI has been organizing the award ceremony for 7 years. National Statistics Office of Georgia achieved the highest level of public information accessibility and was awarded for the third time.The event was attended by the representatives of Government of Georgia, LEPSs, diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia, NGOs and media.
Inflation Rate in Georgia, August 2016
In August 2016 the monthly inflation rate amounted to 0.4 percent in Georgia. Compared to the same month of previous year the Consumer Price Index change (annual inflation rate) posted a 0.9 percent increase. Compared to 2010 average the index rose 16.2 percent. The following table shows percentage changes in prices for the commodity groups of the consumer basket as well as the relevant contributions to the overall monthly inflation rate.
The monthly inflation rate was mainly influenced by price changes for the following groups: In the reporting period monthly inflation rate was mainly formed by price increase for food and nonalcoholic beverages, which amounted to 1.4 percent and contributed 0.42 percentage points to the overall CPI change. Prices were substantially higher for fruit and grapes (13.7 percent), milk, cheese and eggs (3.0 percent) and vegetables (2.0 percent); Recreation and culture: prices for the group rose 0.9 percent. Consequently, its contribution to the overall inflation rate amounted to 0.06 percentage points. Price increases were mainly recorded for the subgroup of recreational and cultural services (1.1 percent); Prices were 0.7 percent lower for health, which resulted in a -0.07 percentage point contribution to the monthly inflation. Prices decreased for medical products, appliances and equipment (-2.6 percent).
The annual inflation rate was mainly influenced by price changes for the following groups: Alcoholic beverages and tobacco: prices within the group rose 11.9 percent, contributing 0.73 percentage points to the overall inflation rate. Price growths were registered both for tobacco (19.7 percent) and alcoholic beverages (5.6 percent); Health: prices increased 3.3 percent, with the relevant contribution of 0.32 percentage points to the overall annual inflation. Price increases were recorded for out-patient services (8.2 percent) and hospital services (2.0 percent); Restaurants and hotels: prices for the group increased 4.6 percent and the group contributed 0.18 percentage points to the annual inflation rate. Prices were up for catering services (5.3 percent); In the reporting period prices for transport group decreased 7.7 percent, with an impact of -0.92 percentage points on the overall annual inflation rate. Prices were mainly down for purchase of vehicles (-16.5 percent) and operation of personal transport equipment (-12.2 percent).
Information on Hotels and Hotel Type Enterprises, 2015
Number of hotels*
Total number of rooms
Three and more rooms
Total floorage, thousand sq. m
Number of visitors, total (thsd. persons)
of which non-residents
Number of employed persons in hotels
of which women