ABSTRACT

The growth indirectly reflects the expanding Soviet trade with nations in the Pacific basin. The only major bulk goods moving westwards from the Far East were probably grain imported from the United States, Canada and Australia, non-ferrous and rare metals mined in the northern segments of the Far East and lumber derived from the vast forest resources of the region. The values for the interregional flows for the Far East are solely those for rail hauls, while the data for Siberia probably include transport by pipeline as well as minimal interregional movements by road and river. The outbound movements of forest products tended to be pulpwood and fabricated wood products rather than low-value roundwood or lumber. Since the manufacture of consumer durable and non-durable goods is minimally important in the Far East, such products as textile fabrics, clothing, shoes and appliances must be purchased elsewhere.