Russian foreign trade
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Russian trade with Belgium in 2012

by Russian Foreign Trade
based on data from the Federal Customs Service of Russia
The Report on Russia’s foreign trade in goods with Belgium in 2012: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Belgium

In 2012, Russia’s trade with Belgium was $11,293,060,301, down 2.66% ($308,381,686) from 2011.

Russia’s exports to Belgium in 2012 were $6,802,752,329, down 9.05% ($676,945,911) from 2011.

Russia’s imports from Belgium in 2012 totaled $4,490,307,972, up 8.94% ($368,564,225) from 2011.

Russia’s trade surplus with Belgium in 2012 was $2,312,444,357, a 31.14% decrease ($1,045,510,136) over 2011.

Belgium was Russia’s 17th largest trading partner in 2012 (just as in 2011), accounting for 1.3412% of Russia’s total trade (down from 1.4105% in 2011).

Belgium was Russia’s 19th largest export market in 2012 (down from 18th in 2011), accounting for 1.2964% of Russia’s total exports (down from 1.4475% in 2011).

Belgium was Russia’s 18th largest supplier in 2012 (up from 19th in 2011), accounting for 1.4153% of Russia’s total imports (up from 1.3480% in 2011).

Russia’s Exports to Belgium

The major share of Russian exports to Belgium in 2012 (and in 2011) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 39.43% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (38.65% in 2011);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 33.33% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (34.26% in 2011);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 13.14% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (11.21% in 2011);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 10.48% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (13.01% in 2011);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 2.02% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (1.12% in 2011);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.03% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (1.07% in 2011).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Belgium in 2012 over 2011 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $56,012,410;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $40,195,490;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $28,595,329.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Belgium in 2012 over 2011 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $277,404,351;
  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin (HS code 71) - a decrease of $208,527,046;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - a decrease of $155,363,611;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $103,185,850;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $38,055,250.
Russia’s exports to Belgium in 2012 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2012,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2011,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2012
over 2011
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 4,978,227 0.07 5,856,131-14.99
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 101,889 0.00 35,538186.70
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0 0.00 857-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0 0.00 330,752-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 584,175-100.00
10 Cereals 4,942,502 0.07 2,045,270141.66
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 29,286 0.00 79,021-62.94
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 113,775,934 1.67 73,580,44454.63
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 7,328,162 0.11 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0 0.00 10,448-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0 0.00 47,157-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0 0.00 13,889-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 70,910 0.00 27,254160.18
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0 0.00 16,800-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 539,190 0.01 713,215-24.40
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 4,032,398 0.06 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,288,686 0.02 543,236137.22
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 94,466,248 1.39 110,352,982-14.40
26 Ores, slag and ash 12,508,750 0.18 14,036,891-10.89
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 2,160,381,073 31.76 2,437,785,424-11.38
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 146,096,853 2.15 90,084,44362.18
29 Organic chemicals 30,950,334 0.45 29,064,2576.49
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 7,290-100.00
31 Fertilizers 191,004,139 2.81 184,439,2703.56
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 830,303 0.01 1,450,466-42.76
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 2,771,493 0.04 355,387679.85
34 Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modeling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster 1,433,575 0.02 1,719,011-16.60
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 284 0.00 3,333-91.48
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 55,578 0.00 734,062-92.43
39 Plastics and articles thereof 7,021,256 0.10 45,076,506-84.42
40 Rubber and articles thereof 513,789,756 7.55 485,194,4275.89
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 112,515 0.00 23447,983.33
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 48,108,909 0.71 60,969,874-21.09
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 12,851,708 0.19 8,052,85159.59
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 9,213,820 0.14 10,827,678-14.90
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 48,418 0.00 28,04472.65
52 Cotton 13,009 0.00 158,695-91.80
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 319,572 0.00 490,125-34.80
54 Man-made filaments 216,531 0.00 286,702-24.48
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 56 0.00 695-91.94
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 466-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 18 0.00 1250.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 221 0.00 105,418-99.79
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 174,081-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 63,248 0.00 26,503138.64
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 10,338 0.00 8,02528.82
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 1,619-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 519,843 0.01 130,897297.14
69 Ceramic products 26,700 0.00 99,230-73.09
70 Glass and glassware 3,603,894 0.05 1,901,18789.56
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,682,409,351 39.43 2,890,936,397-7.21
72 Iron and steel 162,838,721 2.39 266,024,571-38.79
73 Articles of iron or steel 6,037,119 0.09 7,952,703-24.09
74 Copper and articles thereof 538,774,689 7.92 694,138,300-22.38
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,815,851 0.04 1,078,029161.20
78 Lead and articles thereof 204,353 0.00 1,925,801-89.39
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0 0.00 891-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,814,564 0.03 1,810,2280.24
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 143,180 0.00 350,344-59.13
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 5,330 0.00 129,428-95.88
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 30,363,144 0.45 36,714,867-17.30
85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles 1,894,289 0.03 2,495,798-24.10
86 Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds 19,893 0.00 182,746-89.11
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 440,267 0.01 1,046,330-57.92
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 2,606-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 881,860 0.01 6,331,065-86.07
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 1,335 0.00 5,540-75.90
94 Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings 267,932 0.00 882,873-69.65
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2,544 0.00 55,854-95.45
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 317,383 0.00 16,0101,882.40
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 2,270 0.00 0
SS Classified 12,628 0.00 167 587-92.46

Russia’s Imports from Belgium

The major share of Russian imports from Belgium in 2012 (and in 2011) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 37.89% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (31.08% in 2011);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 33.52% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (37.14% in 2011);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 12.73% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (15.40% in 2011);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 7.57% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (6.91% in 2011);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.40% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (2.53% in 2011);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.99% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (2.38% in 2011);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.48% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (2.21% in 2011).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Belgium in 2012 over 2011 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $182,725,482;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $172,164,632;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $56,432,764;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $56,308,375;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $42,062,107;
  • Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modeling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster (HS code 34) - an increase of $19,909,666;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $13,750,892.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Belgium in 2012 over 2011 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $58,404,740;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $52,126,191;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $33,761,377;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $26,877,358;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $16,030,126.
Russia’s imports from Belgium in 2012 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2012,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2011,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2012
over 2011
01 Live animals 93,923 0.00 62,53150.20
02 Meat and edible meat offal 81,699,603 1.82 93,967,290-13.06
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 10,789,793 0.24 10,597,7911.81
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 2,846,511 0.06 2,450,50716.16
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 46,244,565 1.03 73,121,923-36.76
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 172,347,822 3.84 224,474,013-23.22
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 3,311,812 0.07 2,959,87911.89
10 Cereals 140,923 0.00 0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 7,662,570 0.17 6,845,23111.94
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 33,211,358 0.74 23,193,73043.19
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 628,837 0.01 703,850-10.66
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 74 0.00 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 24,237,551 0.54 32,036,739-24.34
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 3,773,480 0.08 7,223,498-47.76
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 9,551,044 0.21 8,335,83814.58
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 27,892,908 0.62 26,041,8747.11
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 50,723,527 1.13 36,972,63537.19
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 21,403,333 0.48 10,641,868101.12
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 11,396,089 0.25 12,604,488-9.59
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 13,656,563 0.30 10,548,36229.47
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 49,614,394 1.10 51,660,353-3.96
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 547,039 0.01 312,81274.88
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,811,487 0.04 1,643,79910.20
26 Ores, slag and ash 3,960,722 0.09 5,635,125-29.71
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 83,699,774 1.86 90,737,729-7.76
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 13,211,215 0.29 11,965,84310.41
29 Organic chemicals 187,789,162 4.18 131,480,78742.83
30 Pharmaceutical products 371,187,675 8.27 429,592,415-13.60
31 Fertilizers 6,383,308 0.14 7,068,494-9.69
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 99,181,990 2.21 99,584,322-0.40
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 79,814,934 1.78 113,576,311-29.73
34 Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modeling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster 90,284,560 2.01 70,374,89428.29
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 14,180,653 0.32 12,506,05513.39
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 709,289 0.02 637,64411.24
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 29,281,554 0.65 31,207,119-6.17
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 100,414,646 2.24 111,717,960-10.12
39 Plastics and articles thereof 473,686,652 10.55 468,936,7541.01
40 Rubber and articles thereof 38,882,269 0.87 42,224,364-7.92
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 77,235 0.00 111,817-30.93
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,161,514 0.03 598,48294.08
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 2,835 0.00 48,978-94.21
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 36,310,453 0.81 44,551,922-18.50
45 Cork and articles of cork 20,402 0.00 16,76321.71
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 12,710 0.00 5,796119.29
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 6,962 0.00 50,730-86.28
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 27,471,297 0.61 43,501,423-36.85
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2,798,166 0.06 3,128,809-10.57
50 Silk 53,778 0.00 141,865-62.09
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 133,022 0.00 84,21857.95
52 Cotton 288,457 0.01 676,178-57.34
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 250,452 0.01 207,52220.69
54 Man-made filaments 16,742,453 0.37 17,202,887-2.68
55 Man-made staple fibers 15,451,487 0.34 11,853,12230.36
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 8,280,370 0.18 8,457,670-2.10
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 35,880,368 0.80 36,041,269-0.45
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,259,441 0.03 2,474,424-49.10
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 17,516,868 0.39 15,665,35411.82
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 468,119 0.01 688,969-32.06
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 224,530 0.01 282,521-20.53
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 662,848 0.01 927,104-28.50
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 10,455,628 0.23 9,361,23911.69
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 181,681 0.00 103,44875.63
65 Headgear and parts thereof 42,441 0.00 79,773-46.80
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 9,234 0.00 18,791-50.86
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 21,021 0.00 22,874-8.10
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 4,874,586 0.11 6,532,027-25.37
69 Ceramic products 11,426,504 0.25 8,819,01729.57
70 Glass and glassware 29,440,833 0.66 32,909,362-10.54
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 15,365,993 0.34 10,803,52842.23
72 Iron and steel 229,548,170 5.11 187,486,06322.43
73 Articles of iron or steel 74,573,491 1.66 72,058,0563.49
74 Copper and articles thereof 3,110,934 0.07 3,086,3200.80
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,076,857 0.02 1,345,596-19.97
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 16,086,346 0.36 8,655,83385.84
78 Lead and articles thereof 211,945 0.00 15,9901,225.48
79 Zinc and articles thereof 1,214,950 0.03 1,387,391-12.43
80 Tin and articles thereof 2,306,435 0.05 4,26853,940.18
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,349,275 0.03 1,457,732-7.44
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 4,147,199 0.09 3,709,65911.79
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 6,126,104 0.14 5,725,7646.99
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 541,766,273 12.07 485,333,50911.63
85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles 211,309,630 4.71 202,753,8704.22
86 Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds 582,117 0.01 400,27845.43
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 731,414,053 16.29 559,249,42130.78
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 456,789 0.01 72,972525.98
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 216,042,816 4.81 33,317,334548.44
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 17,050 0.00 31,271-45.48
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 1,020 0.00 34,929-97.08
94 Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings 13,105,199 0.29 15,110,016-13.27
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 7,040,123 0.16 8,468,230-16.86
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 22,312,724 0.50 10,136,270120.13
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 89,418 0.00 226,263-60.48
SS Classified 3,273,757 0.07 2 664 00322.89
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia