Chinese Northeastern Province, Heilongjiang saw its Trade with Countries along the Belt & Road (BRI) at 35.83 billion yuan (about 5 billion U.S. dollars) in the first quarter, down 4 percent year on year, local customs said Sunday.

The Province’s Trade volume with Belt & Road Countries accounted for 79.2 percent of its total in Q1, Harbin customs said. Exports with B&R countries reached 3.3 billion yuan, down 15.6 percent, and imports dropped 2.6 percent to 32.53 billion yuan during the period.

Heilongjiang’s Trade with Russia rose 3 percent to 31.65 billion yuan during the period, accounting for 88.3 percent of its Trade with Belt & Road Countries.

Heilongjiang’s major export commodity to Belt & Road Countries was mechanical and electrical products, with the export volume totalling 1.15 billion yuan in Q1. Its major import commodity was energy products such as Crude Oil.