Motor vehicle imports into Russia from countries outside of the Commonwealth of Independent States, or CIS, increased 48.6% year on year to 440,600 units in January-August, the Federal Customs Service told Prime-Tass.

The vehicles were worth $US4.519 billion.

Car imports from CIS countries rose 71.6% to 38,800 units in January-August, Customs said.

82,900 vehicles worth $394.8 million were exported, including 25,900 cars worth $120.3 million sold to non-CIS countries.

22,900 trucks worth $353.2 million were imported, including 22,500 worth $346.5 million from non-CIS countries.

28,000 trucks worth $285.1 million were shipped abroad, including 5,800 trucks worth $82.8 million to non-CIS countries.

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