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Russian trade with Cuba in 2013

by Russian Foreign Trade
based on data from the Federal Customs Service of Russia
The Report on Russia’s foreign trade in goods with Cuba in 2013: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Cuba

In 2013, Russia’s trade with Cuba was $185,110,629, down 15.69% ($34,455,299) from 2012.

Russia’s exports to Cuba in 2013 were $157,495,388, down 7.35% ($12,487,834) from 2012.

Russia’s imports from Cuba in 2013 were $27,615,241, down 44.30% ($21,967,465) from 2012.

Russia’s trade surplus with Cuba in 2013 was $129,880,147, a 7.87% increase ($9,479,631) over 2012.

Cuba was Russia’s 99th largest trading partner in 2013 (down from 94th in 2012), accounting for 0.0220% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0261% in 2012).

Cuba was Russia’s 91st largest export market in 2013 (down from 90th in 2012), accounting for 0.0299% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0324% in 2012).

Cuba was Russia’s 101st largest supplier in 2013 (down from 95th in 2012), accounting for 0.0088% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0156% in 2012).

Russia’s Exports to Cuba

The major share of Russian exports to Cuba in 2013 (and in 2012) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 72.58% of Russia’s total exports to Cuba (68.28% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 12.55% of Russia’s total exports to Cuba (9.97% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.54% of Russia’s total exports to Cuba (3.86% in 2012);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.91% of Russia’s total exports to Cuba (7.91% in 2012);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 2.29% of Russia’s total exports to Cuba (6.62% in 2012).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Cuba in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 (HS code 86) - an increase of $15,266,964;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $5,896,876;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $4,538,607;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $2,017,782;
  • 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 $597,600.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Cuba in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $21,171,174;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $7,628,017;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $5,498,992;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $2,263,580;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $2,143,033;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $602,938;
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - a decrease of $519,376.
Russia’s exports to Cuba in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2013,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2012,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2013
over 2012
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,056 0.00 206412.62
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 4,987 0.00 4,9740.26
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 21,495 0.01 23,197-7.34
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 7,579 0.00 9,264-18.19
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,579 0.00 1,759-10.23
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 516 0.00 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 11,965 0.01 10,04119.16
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,268,730 1.44 4,411,763-48.58
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,342,995 0.85 6,841,987-80.37
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,125 0.00 341,428-99.67
29 Organic chemicals 2,414 0.00 0
30 Pharmaceutical products 150,212 0.10 95,78856.82
31 Fertilizers 6,260,024 3.97 6,520,501-3.99
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 62,297 0.04 10,423497.69
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 10,535 0.01 38,407-72.57
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1,444 0.00 715101.96
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 759,152 0.48 1,278,528-40.62
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 14,491 0.01 111,153-86.96
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 12,217 0.01 5,136137.87
39 Plastics and articles thereof 650,207 0.41 1,253,145-48.11
40 Rubber and articles thereof 11,836,841 7.52 7,298,23462.19
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 9,111 0.01 7,02529.69
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 150,074 0.10 35,700320.38
45 Cork and articles of cork 186 0.00 469-60.34
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 258,056 0.16 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 5,733,678 3.64 13,361,695-57.09
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 9,473 0.01 51,585-81.64
52 Cotton 1,861 0.00 338450.59
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 67-100.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 2,859-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0 0.00 4,373-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 113 0.00 6963.77
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 464-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 170,831 0.11 83,842103.75
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 1,290 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 933 0.00 2,308-59.58
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 5,889 0.00 42,259-86.06
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 34,594 0.02 85,414-59.50
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 8,707-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,263 0.00 2,918-56.72
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 348 0.00 28223.40
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 64,229 0.04 84,177-23.70
69 Ceramic products 830 0.00 1,362-39.06
70 Glass and glassware 424,413 0.27 755,281-43.81
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 571 0.00 3,450-83.45
72 Iron and steel 2,931,207 1.86 913,425220.90
73 Articles of iron or steel 4,752,275 3.02 4,327,2269.82
74 Copper and articles thereof 73,203 0.05 464,549-84.24
75 Nickel and articles thereof 246 0.00 365-32.60
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 500,245 0.32 155,078222.58
78 Lead and articles thereof 453 0.00 150202.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 126,870-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 255,319 0.16 437,286-41.61
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 218,895 0.14 139,27957.16
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 43,095,708 27.36 64,266,882-32.94
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 11,742,113 7.46 11,144,5135.36
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 17,357,381 11.02 2,090,417730.33
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 37,673,865 23.92 31,776,98918.56
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 38,498 0.02 121,392-68.29
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 4,395,075 2.79 6,658,655-33.99
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 8,316 0.01 13,832-39.88
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 486,364 0.31 453,1397.33
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,203 0.00 28,338-95.75
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 21,589 0.01 7,932172.18
SS Classified 3,653,829 2.32 4 065 612-10.13

Russia’s Imports from Cuba

The major share of Russian imports from Cuba in 2013 (and in 2012) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 93.39% of Russia’s total imports from Cuba (98.65% in 2012);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 6.13% of Russia’s total imports from Cuba (0.14% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.34% of Russia’s total imports from Cuba (1.20% in 2012).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Cuba in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1,631,201;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $215,041;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $195,020.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Cuba in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - a decrease of $21,902,356;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $1,242,547;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $503,639;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $421,461.
Russia’s imports from Cuba in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2013,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2012,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2013
over 2012
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 33,699 0.12 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 672,399 2.43 457,35847.02
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 10,490,044 37.99 32,392,400-67.62
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 9,897 0.04 10,936-9.50
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,849,737 6.70 3,092,284-40.18
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 6,044,069 21.89 6,465,530-6.52
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 6,690,841 24.23 6,495,8213.00
26 Ores, slag and ash 0 0.00 3,277-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 673 0.00 0
30 Pharmaceutical products 90,906 0.33 594,545-84.71
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 177 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 6 0.00 0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 590 0.00 0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,539 0.01 2176,850.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 819 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,136 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 10,349 0.04 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 18,733 0.07 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 768 0.00 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,155 0.00 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 2,342 0.01 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,670,163 6.05 38,9624,186.65
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 21,072 0.08 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,137 0.00 472,319.15
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 314 0.00 31,544-99.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 28 0.00 0
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 648 0.00 0
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