Food products are mainly bought at markets. dollar equivalent in market prices is relatively stable.
List of prices for one kg in Georgian Lari/GEL and USD:
Beef 10-16 G EL - $ 6 - 10
Pork 10 -16 G EL-$ 6 - 10
Lamb 7-12 G EL - $ 4 - 8
Ham 10-15 G EL-$ 6-9
Cheese 5-10 G EL $ 2-6
Sugar 1.5 GEL- $1
Potatoes 0,80 GEL- $0,5
Rice 1,5 GEL- $0.8
Butter 5 GEL- $3
Imported cigarettes, sweets, spirits, clothes and other consumer goods can be bought at a low price at Wall Markets. Imported goods of the European standard can be obtained from western style supermarkets.
Before proclaiming the independence in 1991, Georgian foreign trade was mainly conducted within the USSR . The main export commodities were steel, manganese, mechanical engineering products, trucks, mini tractors, fertilizers, chemical and light industry goods, tea, wine, other alcoholic drinks, fruit, vegetables, mineral water. The main imported goods were electricity, fuel, grains, food products and consumer goods.
After becoming independent Georgia expanded the geography of its foreign trade. at present the country has trade relations with 104 partners.
Immediately after dissolution of the Soviet Union Georgia started preparation for membership in GATT and then WTO after establishment of the latter in 1995. Since 1996 Georgia became an associative member of the World Trade Organization. European Union – on behalf of Georgian – European Policy and Legal Advice Centre (GEPLAC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – on behalf of Caucasian Centre of Investment Reforms and Informal Sector (IRIS) and the World Bank assisted Georgia in the process of acquiring WTO membership. On October 6, 1999 Georgia became a member of WTO. Membership of WTO will allow Georgia to acquire "Most Favorite Nation" regime in trade with WTO 134 member countries.