Russian foreign trade
reports and reviews

Russian trade with the United Kingdom 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 the United Kingdom in 2012: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with the United Kingdom

In 2012, Russia’s trade with the United Kingdom totaled $23,220,501,778, up 9.62% ($2,037,610,597) from 2011.

Russia’s exports to the United Kingdom in 2012 totaled $15,028,108,844, up 7.32% ($1,025,465,573) from 2011.

Russia’s imports from the United Kingdom in 2012 totaled $8,192,392,934, up 14.10% ($1,012,145,024) from 2011.

Russia’s trade surplus with the United Kingdom in 2012 was $6,835,715,910, a 0.20% increase ($13,320,549) over 2011.

The United Kingdom was Russia’s 14th largest trading partner in 2012 (down from 13th in 2011), accounting for 2.7578% of Russia’s total trade (up from 2.5755% in 2011).

The United Kingdom was Russia’s 11th largest export market in 2012 (up from 13th in 2011), accounting for 2.8639% of Russia’s total exports (up from 2.7099% in 2011).

The United Kingdom was Russia’s 11th largest supplier in 2012 (down from 10th in 2011), accounting for 2.5822% of Russia’s total imports (up from 2.3483% in 2011).

Russia’s Exports to the United Kingdom

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 65.26% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (79.45% in 2011);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 22.36% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (9.16% in 2011);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.06% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (4.19% in 2011);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.56% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (4.03% in 2011);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.86% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (1.03% in 2011).

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

  • 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) - an increase of $2,077,379,192;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $237,606,342;
  • 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 $132,210,639.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to the United Kingdom 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 $1,316,948,462;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $125,509,541.
Russia’s exports to the United Kingdom in 2012 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2012,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2011,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2012
over 2011
01 Live animals 1,786 0.00 6,694-73.32
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 16,250,616 0.11 20,571,498-21.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 921 0.00 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 2,565 0.00 2,15519.03
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 739 0.00 64814.04
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 97,300 0.00 55,42475.56
10 Cereals 986,649 0.01 1,531,801-35.59
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 26,095 0.00 22,84314.24
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 27,190 0.00 0
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 405,552 0.00 4,304,757-90.58
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 27,792,406 0.18 26,502,6354.87
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 25,023 0.00 284,426-91.20
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 5,077 0.00 37,610-86.50
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 196,165 0.00 160,59922.15
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 914,594 0.01 622,58146.90
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 675,521 0.00 1,717,701-60.67
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 19,708,111 0.13 20,289,267-2.86
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 5,679,476 0.04 620,734814.96
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 278,057 0.00 4,9555,511.64
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 467,787 0.00 200,987132.74
26 Ores, slag and ash 100,360 0.00 18,600439.57
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 9,807,512,559 65.26 11,124,461,021-11.84
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 585,800,228 3.90 453,589,58929.15
29 Organic chemicals 2,948,946 0.02 3,934,729-25.05
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,060,659 0.01 277,898281.67
31 Fertilizers 81,150,535 0.54 85,180,017-4.73
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 209,828 0.00 80,914159.32
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 5,012,742 0.03 7,831,976-36.00
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 317,481 0.00 0
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 971 0.00 335189.85
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0 0.00 8-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 57,109 0.00 158,436-63.95
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,168,869 0.01 1,778,641-34.28
39 Plastics and articles thereof 6,568,951 0.04 7,269,089-9.63
40 Rubber and articles thereof 723,875 0.00 4,593,167-84.24
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 643,627 0.00 0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 130,694 0.00 55,285136.40
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 26,917,708 0.18 12,478,603115.71
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 83,247,021 0.55 95,154,940-12.51
45 Cork and articles of cork 0 0.00 703-100.00
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 46 0.00 0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 1,678,869 0.01 1,378,18821.82
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 42,228,366 0.28 46,124,457-8.45
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2,295,200 0.02 1,121,094104.73
52 Cotton 158,621 0.00 116,80335.80
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 99,035 0.00 454,720-78.22
54 Man-made filaments 5,925 0.00 0
55 Man-made staple fibers 7,757 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 3,620 0.00 14,500-75.03
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 5,763 0.00 2,737110.56
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 416 0.00 2,301-81.92
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 1,185-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 442,945 0.00 401,30810.38
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,478,069 0.01 852,72773.33
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 41,060 0.00 229,907-82.14
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 172,225 0.00 140,02423.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 80,879 0.00 16,754382.74
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 985 0.00 851,058.82
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0 0.00 1,050-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 264,003 0.00 713,041-62.98
69 Ceramic products 101,758 0.00 175,453-42.00
70 Glass and glassware 516,482 0.00 1,724,357-70.05
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 3,360,588,742 22.36 1,283,209,550161.89
72 Iron and steel 262,142,777 1.74 387,652,318-32.38
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,128,173 0.02 4,557,832-31.37
74 Copper and articles thereof 246,494,746 1.64 8,888,4042,673.22
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,081,814 0.01 1,159,667-6.71
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 123,544,439 0.82 102,313,34420.75
78 Lead and articles thereof 1,154,628 0.01 629,54683.41
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 57,593,420 0.38 40,039,97943.84
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 65,021,803 0.43 41,209,00057.79
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 7,102 0.00 21,878-67.54
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 41,001,544 0.27 24,238,92569.16
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 20,840,006 0.14 20,698,5250.68
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 151,416 0.00 16,018845.29
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,748,280 0.01 478,256265.55
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 8,906,401-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 21,957,528 0.15 22,725,822-3.38
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 37,516 0.00 8,891321.95
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 300 0.00 38689.47
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 5,280,936 0.04 4,700,54012.35
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2,861,584 0.02 244,8301,068.80
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 240,505 0.00 68,922248.95
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 86,362 0.00 86,2310.15
SS Classified 86,449,406 0.58 123 516 397-30.01

Russia’s Imports from the United Kingdom

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 65.45% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (61.34% in 2011);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 18.89% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (21.72% in 2011);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 7.47% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (7.75% in 2011);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.33% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (3.84% in 2011);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.19% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (1.66% in 2011);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.10% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (1.07% in 2011);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.07% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (1.12% in 2011).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from the United Kingdom 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 $372,369,241;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $291,662,314;
  • 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 $212,885,805;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $77,675,341;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $73,604,692;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $30,690,579.

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

  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $30,423,075;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $28,925,415;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $26,901,537.
Russia’s imports from the United Kingdom in 2012 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2012,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2011,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2012
over 2011
01 Live animals 5,940,647 0.07 4,430,38334.09
02 Meat and edible meat offal 4,157,465 0.05 0
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 31,212,193 0.38 51,479,385-39.37
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 10,265,811 0.13 12,742,406-19.44
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 276,949 0.00 220,84525.40
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 98,272 0.00 79,21824.05
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,896,489 0.02 13,867,350-86.32
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 55,314 0.00 78,082-29.16
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 7,275,979 0.09 5,988,97421.49
10 Cereals 9,033,154 0.11 2,938,426207.41
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 183,818 0.00 36,556402.84
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 880,388 0.01 1,931,924-54.43
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 6,374,631 0.08 9,743,605-34.58
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 30 0.00 647-95.36
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 2,809,099 0.03 4,238,061-33.72
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 358 0.00 33,438-98.93
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,298,842 0.02 1,657,935-21.66
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 6,200,592 0.08 1,081,369473.40
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 15,206,392 0.19 9,938,29353.01
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 5,889,592 0.07 5,515,3576.79
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 22,776,514 0.28 28,606,219-20.38
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 430,876,886 5.26 357,272,19420.60
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 29,017,113 0.35 28,177,5672.98
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 20,394,230 0.25 16,066,41126.94
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 6,292,944 0.08 5,156,08322.05
26 Ores, slag and ash 805 0.00 437,889-99.82
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 83,692,154 1.02 71,088,34817.73
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 13,266,398 0.16 12,667,9064.72
29 Organic chemicals 81,363,744 0.99 81,346,6260.02
30 Pharmaceutical products 608,149,840 7.42 627,678,649-3.11
31 Fertilizers 227,181 0.00 34665,559.25
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 111,435,730 1.36 98,270,97913.40
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 176,867,873 2.16 168,559,4004.93
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 87,804,409 1.07 83,250,5385.47
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 9,331,447 0.11 12,290,368-24.08
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 148,928 0.00 122,25721.82
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 9,533,449 0.12 12,271,921-22.31
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 144,811,091 1.77 175,234,166-17.36
39 Plastics and articles thereof 220,355,111 2.69 220,701,076-0.16
40 Rubber and articles thereof 84,561,287 1.03 67,057,20826.10
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 18,987 0.00 81,637-76.74
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,494,494 0.02 1,865,743-19.90
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 346,383 0.00 389,157-10.99
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 6,924,797 0.08 3,557,81994.64
45 Cork and articles of cork 15,531 0.00 15,1442.56
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 8,875 0.00 16,554-46.39
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 66,319,713 0.81 95,245,128-30.37
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 24,103,956 0.29 20,313,92618.66
50 Silk 147,349 0.00 219,860-32.98
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 471,126 0.01 576,403-18.26
52 Cotton 341,430 0.00 637,580-46.45
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 95,567 0.00 48,45497.23
54 Man-made filaments 6,911,144 0.08 12,609,294-45.19
55 Man-made staple fibers 8,093,611 0.10 10,739,171-24.63
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 23,762,070 0.29 9,103,243161.03
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 5,398,158 0.07 4,780,63412.92
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 250,387 0.00 145,35472.26
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 4,915,200 0.06 4,624,8326.28
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 246,744 0.00 127,13094.09
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 5,187,944 0.06 5,100,2851.72
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4,618,030 0.06 4,114,99512.22
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 23,667,966 0.29 24,911,055-4.99
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 2,474,319 0.03 1,713,30744.42
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,150,231 0.01 854,90534.54
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 55,049 0.00 154,191-64.30
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 8,689 0.00 183,073-95.25
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 21,199,710 0.26 17,014,60324.60
69 Ceramic products 8,805,121 0.11 9,439,206-6.72
70 Glass and glassware 18,021,706 0.22 14,215,32626.78
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 5,335,109 0.07 9,206,513-42.05
72 Iron and steel 57,995,838 0.71 61,240,342-5.30
73 Articles of iron or steel 115,047,664 1.40 141,949,201-18.95
74 Copper and articles thereof 4,810,152 0.06 6,009,906-19.96
75 Nickel and articles thereof 14,862,689 0.18 16,161,583-8.04
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 44,251,339 0.54 13,560,760226.32
78 Lead and articles thereof 846,623 0.01 861,324-1.71
79 Zinc and articles thereof 272,225 0.00 116,875132.92
80 Tin and articles thereof 84,706 0.00 102,438-17.31
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 3,983,564 0.05 4,403,273-9.53
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 19,145,766 0.23 20,403,455-6.16
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 11,376,327 0.14 10,999,9563.42
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,629,925,562 19.90 1,338,263,24821.79
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 835,958,358 10.20 623,072,55334.17
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 1,586,968 0.02 2,902,685-45.33
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,528,501,220 30.86 2,156,131,97917.27
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 40,644,044 0.50 36,538,50711.24
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 325,392,820 3.97 247,717,47931.36
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 372,087 0.00 440,450-15.52
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 652,590 0.01 273,413138.68
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 31,646,055 0.39 36,913,840-14.27
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 4,277,351 0.05 3,933,4588.74
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 5,218,763 0.06 4,925,2915.96
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 400,400 0.00 451,110-11.24
SS Classified 24,787,278 0.30 8 611 857187.83
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia