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Russian trade with South Korea 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 South Korea in 2012: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with South Korea

In 2012, Russia’s trade with South Korea was $24,809,126,980, down 0.53% ($132,895,030) from 2011.

Russia’s exports to South Korea in 2012 totaled $13,854,249,542, up 3.70% ($494,398,417) from 2011.

Russia’s imports from South Korea in 2012 were $10,954,877,438, down 5.42% ($627,293,447) from 2011.

Russia’s trade surplus with South Korea in 2012 was $2,899,372,104, a 63.10% increase ($1,121,691,864) over 2011.

South Korea was Russia’s 12th largest trading partner in 2012 (just as in 2011), accounting for 2.9465% of Russia’s total trade (down from 3.0325% in 2011).

South Korea was Russia’s 12th largest export market in 2012 (up from 14th in 2011), accounting for 2.6402% of Russia’s total exports (up from 2.5855% in 2011).

South Korea was Russia’s 9th largest supplier in 2012 (just as in 2011), accounting for 3.4529% of Russia’s total imports (down from 3.7880% in 2011).

Russia’s Exports to South Korea

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 79.03% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (79.32% in 2011);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 8.09% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (8.66% in 2011);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 7.64% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (7.25% in 2011);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.17% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (1.43% in 2011);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.68% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (1.76% in 2011);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.08% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (1.30% in 2011).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to South Korea 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) - an increase of $377,921,775;
  • 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 $102,742,537;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $91,319,585.

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

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
Russia’s exports to South Korea 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
01 Live animals 363,600 0.00 51,463606.53
02 Meat and edible meat offal 0 0.00 1,499-100.00
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 1,006,231,520 7.26 914,911,9359.98
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 304-100.00
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 2,297,083 0.02 1,758,63630.62
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 22,503 0.00 159,902-85.93
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 36,950 0.00 33,54210.16
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 42,163 0.00 0
10 Cereals 5,808,767 0.04 230,1682,423.71
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 678,081 0.00 37,0451,730.43
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 210,850 0.00 174,84020.60
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 610,468 0.00 699,939-12.78
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 189,065 0.00 99,38990.23
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 1,415,420 0.01 2,513,738-43.69
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,486,362 0.01 98,4751,409.38
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 676,915 0.00 3,517,368-80.76
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 2,012,384 0.01 5,587,542-63.98
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0 0.00 3,358-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 196,990 0.00 312,025-36.87
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 315,295 0.00 166,77189.06
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 34,930,030 0.25 38,510,813-9.30
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,553,830 0.01 267,840480.13
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 16,400 0.00 67,585-75.73
26 Ores, slag and ash 14,184,190 0.10 39,351,647-63.96
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 10,935,322,991 78.93 10,557,401,2163.58
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 239,890,549 1.73 137,148,01274.91
29 Organic chemicals 6,505,073 0.05 9,753,738-33.31
30 Pharmaceutical products 9,476,251 0.07 6,362,99248.93
31 Fertilizers 1,361,258 0.01 4,994,306-72.74
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 5,484,552 0.04 6,721,701-18.41
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 59,864 0.00 11,766408.79
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 99,063 0.00 113,325-12.59
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 17,004 0.00 36,716-53.69
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0 0.00 4,175-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 951,435 0.01 916,7893.78
39 Plastics and articles thereof 15,333,996 0.11 7,115,100115.51
40 Rubber and articles thereof 20,777,489 0.15 17,614,41517.96
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 9,527 0.00 83,996-88.66
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,406 0.00 4,164-66.23
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 976,441 0.01 781,15225.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 151,560,766 1.09 155,335,944-2.43
45 Cork and articles of cork 0 0.00 28-100.00
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 68,758,063 0.50 68,551,9760.30
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 7,971,548 0.06 1,859,748328.64
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,275,416 0.03 9,813,617-56.43
50 Silk 3,658 0.00 2,57642.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0 0.00 665-100.00
52 Cotton 698 0.00 611,533.33
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 680 0.00 1,861-63.46
54 Man-made filaments 1,255,766 0.01 4,350,495-71.14
55 Man-made staple fibers 64,348 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,816,268 0.01 1,877,998-3.29
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 88 0.00 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 19,497 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 71,826 0.00 108,680-33.91
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 327,757 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 31,692 0.00 14,080125.09
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 175,926 0.00 6,2932,695.58
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 118,660 0.00 20,155488.74
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 303,107 0.00 302,1620.31
65 Headgear and parts thereof 6,002 0.00 631851.19
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 99,353 0.00 137,908-27.96
69 Ceramic products 584,202 0.00 30,9151,789.70
70 Glass and glassware 140,972 0.00 119,46318.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 3,452,512 0.02 8,756,943-60.57
72 Iron and steel 567,732,135 4.10 599,655,636-5.32
73 Articles of iron or steel 40,911,421 0.30 32,460,84926.03
74 Copper and articles thereof 253,078 0.00 434,751-41.79
75 Nickel and articles thereof 18,290 0.00 7,990128.91
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 495,893,931 3.58 513,523,285-3.43
78 Lead and articles thereof 611,853 0.00 252242,698.81
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0 0.00 294-100.00
80 Tin and articles thereof 370 0.00 59,980-99.38
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 15,156,071 0.11 9,792,75854.77
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 322,131 0.00 930,919-65.40
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 476,273 0.00 293,81662.10
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 44,882,051 0.32 49,472,086-9.28
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 38,715,565 0.28 72,848,617-46.85
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 1,840,601 0.01 2,011,659-8.50
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 11,433,169 0.08 4,617,282147.62
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 33,362,536 0.24 15,029,239121.98
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 19,921,249 0.14 29,883,998-33.34
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 14,711 0.00 2665,430.45
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 823,392 0.01 284,354189.57
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 9,504 0.00 21,939-56.68
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 52,959 0.00 3,8861,262.82
SS Classified 31,233,682 0.23 19 605 73859.31

Russia’s Imports from South Korea

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 73.89% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (77.27% in 2011);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 12.30% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (10.81% in 2011);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.78% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (5.17% in 2011);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.59% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (1.60% in 2011);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.18% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (1.07% in 2011).

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

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $447,997,372;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $346,932,141;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $111,598,025;
  • 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 (HS code 85) - an increase of $93,153,668;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $51,605,469.

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

  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $1,794,278,443;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $50,650,248.
Russia’s imports from South Korea in 2012 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2012,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2011,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2012
over 2011
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 25,733 0.00 104,260-75.32
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 464,897 0.00 294,27657.98
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 63,609 0.00 169,369-62.44
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 721,769 0.01 1,211,342-40.42
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 10,263 0.00 12,303-16.58
10 Cereals 92,551 0.00 83,22811.20
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 33,378 0.00 6924,723.41
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,032,884 0.01 1,093,923-5.58
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 29,065 0.00 29,523-1.55
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 529 0.00 4956.87
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 2,150,467 0.02 3,817,370-43.67
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 37,916-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 491,281 0.00 372,54031.87
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,285,311 0.01 1,068,03520.34
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 22,368,185 0.20 15,968,82140.07
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 900,341 0.01 1,225,577-26.54
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 37,871,475 0.35 42,810,314-11.54
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 32,271,912 0.29 15,026,862114.76
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 29,626,765 0.27 40,842,396-27.46
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 15,228,162 0.14 10,596,36943.71
26 Ores, slag and ash 0 0.00 311,000-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 91,061,722 0.83 85,765,2826.18
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 41,663,194 0.38 38,085,7889.39
29 Organic chemicals 68,295,696 0.62 118,945,944-42.58
30 Pharmaceutical products 11,447,656 0.10 10,325,01910.87
31 Fertilizers 1,468 0.00 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 47,162,059 0.43 42,509,48910.94
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 13,212,259 0.12 8,357,96558.08
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 38,182,548 0.35 28,957,76131.86
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 3,323,025 0.03 3,074,4918.08
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 67,766 0.00 45,95947.45
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 2,317,170 0.02 2,507,289-7.58
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 34,546,722 0.32 26,304,51031.33
39 Plastics and articles thereof 742,784,905 6.78 739,721,5000.41
40 Rubber and articles thereof 344,412,561 3.14 232,814,53647.93
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 7,667,257 0.07 8,524,935-10.06
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 17,966,966 0.16 4,095,585338.69
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 139,575 0.00 101,36337.70
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 3,875,408 0.04 2,930,27032.25
45 Cork and articles of cork 50,714 0.00 6277,988.36
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 10 0.00 150-93.33
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 69,351,295 0.63 64,244,8997.95
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,863,085 0.02 1,270,73546.61
50 Silk 48,711 0.00 11,663317.65
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 75,192 0.00 40,48185.75
52 Cotton 1,473,419 0.01 1,911,586-22.92
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 313,622 0.00 176,19778.00
54 Man-made filaments 20,058,692 0.18 19,286,5334.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 42,899,813 0.39 51,646,289-16.94
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 14,338,485 0.13 11,075,73429.46
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 350,603 0.00 197,70177.34
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 2,035,314 0.02 1,123,39081.18
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 21,582,502 0.20 26,736,636-19.28
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 28,125,960 0.26 32,738,669-14.09
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 12,271,136 0.11 10,228,13619.97
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 15,161,668 0.14 15,492,168-2.13
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 14,748,983 0.13 13,218,14011.58
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 498,452 0.00 969,059-48.56
65 Headgear and parts thereof 345,338 0.00 289,96319.10
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 47,147 0.00 18,002161.90
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 258,731 0.00 246,2575.07
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 32,339,462 0.30 20,974,07954.19
69 Ceramic products 2,540,593 0.02 2,064,02623.09
70 Glass and glassware 49,200,576 0.45 36,399,44635.17
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 4,729,141 0.04 4,717,3440.25
72 Iron and steel 309,986,375 2.83 296,992,5504.38
73 Articles of iron or steel 188,130,515 1.72 167,975,28712.00
74 Copper and articles thereof 5,919,471 0.05 4,783,83423.74
75 Nickel and articles thereof 9,407 0.00 7,01334.14
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 15,330,032 0.14 11,469,78733.66
78 Lead and articles thereof 79 0.00 17,169-99.54
79 Zinc and articles thereof 2,387,121 0.02 4,651,797-48.68
80 Tin and articles thereof 651,100 0.01 617,8535.38
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 162,296 0.00 38,075326.25
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 52,914,754 0.48 60,085,013-11.93
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 57,743,638 0.53 52,264,78510.48
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 2,130,083,363 19.44 1,783,151,22219.46
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 1,441,737,220 13.16 1,348,583,5526.91
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 1,632,222 0.01 1,624,1040.50
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4,066,261,611 37.12 3,618,264,23912.38
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 177,334,318 1.62 1,971,612,761-91.01
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 277,851,196 2.54 226,245,72722.81
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 4,748,881 0.04 8,205,075-42.12
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 480,182 0.00 421,70213.87
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 223,313,748 2.04 193,021,77815.69
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 10,092,852 0.09 8,800,01214.69
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 26,225,449 0.24 12,873,399103.72
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0 0.00 1,898-100.00
SS Classified 14,376,430 0.13 7 240 04698.57
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