File - Containers are seen at the Beirut port, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon's trade deficit in January widened by 31.23 percent compared to the same month in 2013, as exports fell to their lowest levels since the 2006 war, the Customs Department said Thursday.According to the figures released by the department, total exports in January 2014 stood at $244 million compared to $405 million in the same month of 2013, a drop of 39.753 percent. In 2013, Lebanon's exports reached $3.936 billion while imports stood at $21.228 billion.The figures also indicated that 74 percent of the total imports passed through Beirut Port, followed by 16 percent for airports and 6 percent for Tripoli Port.Customs revenues in the month of January fell by 5 percent to reach LL179 billion while VAT proceeds in the same month fell by 2 percent to reach LL174 billion.
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