March 14 (Reuters) - ALMATY, March 14 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's trade surplus shrank to $2.4 billion in January 2011 from $2.8 billion in the same month of last year, the State Statistics Agency said on Monday.
Exports, predominantly oil and metals, eased by 0.7 percent year-on-year to $4.2 billion in January 2011, while imports expanded by 21.8 percent to $1.8 billion.
Russia was Kazakhstan's main trading partner in January, with an 11.9 percent share of total exports in the period and a 43.3 percent share of imports.
Though Russia was the biggest supplier of Kazakh imports, China was the biggest export market, with a 17.8 percent share.
Following are data supplied by the State Statistics Agency:
FOREIGN TRADE BALANCE OF KAZAKHSTAN ($ million)
Jan 2011 Jan 2010 Exports 4,229.9 4,259.4 Imports 1,791.4 1,471.2 Balance +2,438.5 +2,788.2