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Russian trade with South Africa 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 South Africa in 2013: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with South Africa

In 2013, Russia’s trade with South Africa totaled $1,068,373,442, up 10.70% ($103,285,467) from 2012.

Russia’s exports to South Africa in 2013 totaled $286,229,143, up 2.68% ($7,484,082) from 2012.

Russia’s imports from South Africa in 2013 totaled $782,144,299, up 13.96% ($95,801,385) from 2012.

Russia’s trade deficit with South Africa in 2013 was $495,915,156, a 21.67% increase ($88,317,303) over 2012.

South Africa was Russia’s 69th largest trading partner in 2013 (down from 68th in 2012), accounting for 0.1269% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.1146% in 2012).

South Africa was Russia’s 79th largest export market in 2013 (down from 78th in 2012), accounting for 0.0543% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0531% in 2012).

South Africa was Russia’s 49th largest supplier in 2013 (just as in 2012), accounting for 0.2483% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.2163% in 2012).

Russia’s Exports to South Africa

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 47.28% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (11.69% in 2012);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 19.71% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (39.35% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 19.21% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (22.12% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.90% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (3.57% in 2012);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 5.04% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (16.87% in 2012);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.50% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (3.96% in 2012);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 0.02% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (1.31% in 2012).

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $93,791,680;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $9,179,190;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $4,514,305;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $3,921,957;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - an increase of $3,321,725;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $2,439,269;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $1,310,616.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to South Africa in 2013 over 2012 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 $53,412,026;
  • 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) - a decrease of $41,931,156;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $8,007,715;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - a decrease of $4,421,793;
  • 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 $3,605,967;
  • Knitted or crocheted fabrics (HS code 60) - a decrease of $1,884,331.
Russia’s exports to South Africa in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2013,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2012,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2013
over 2012
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 25,164 0.01 0
10 Cereals 124,455,515 43.48 30,663,835305.87
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 15,444 0.01 137,905-88.80
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0 0.00 73,693-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0 0.00 44,882-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 518 0.00 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 428 0.00 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 10,833,577 3.78 1,654,387554.84
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 158,858 0.06 0
26 Ores, slag and ash 4,510 0.00 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 56,263,647 19.66 109,675,673-48.70
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,030,903 0.36 725,63042.07
29 Organic chemicals 280,652 0.10 243,71215.16
30 Pharmaceutical products 13 0.00 0
31 Fertilizers 39,543,101 13.82 47,550,816-16.84
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 8,078 0.00 8,806-8.27
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 6,543 0.00 0
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 194,018 0.07 2,2558,503.90
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 64,620 0.02 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 59,683 0.02 82,730-27.86
39 Plastics and articles thereof 487,114 0.17 297,18663.91
40 Rubber and articles thereof 13,308,835 4.65 12,733,6814.52
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 11,898 0.00 1607,336.25
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 238,829 0.08 161,31548.05
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 0 0.00 13,926-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,127,805 0.74 1,642,71929.53
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,794,505 1.68 9,216,298-47.98
54 Man-made filaments 10 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 244,213 0.09 24,918880.07
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 8,276 0.00 0
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 88,675 0.03 1,973,006-95.51
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 242 0.00 552-56.16
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 5,380 0.00 15,622-65.56
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 32,386 0.01 7046,165.71
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 72,457 0.03 30,641136.47
65 Headgear and parts thereof 12,188 0.00 1,288846.27
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 50-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 27,100 0.01 11,137143.33
69 Ceramic products 12,000 0.00 12,015-0.12
70 Glass and glassware 540 0.00 110390.91
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 58,203 0.02 3,664,170-98.41
72 Iron and steel 6,358,900 2.22 5,048,28425.96
73 Articles of iron or steel 2,457,102 0.86 17,83313,678.40
74 Copper and articles thereof 14,916 0.01 3554,101.69
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,697,840 0.94 2,900,864-7.00
78 Lead and articles thereof 15 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,590 0.00 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 5,310,062 1.86 1,988,337167.06
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 42,319 0.01 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 4,448,053 1.55 526,096745.48
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 2,709,777 0.95 44,640,933-93.93
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 202,008 0.07 11,2231,699.95
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 119,088 0.04 1,9346,057.60
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 600,000 0.21 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 6,354,294 2.22 1,839,989245.34
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 348 0.00 85309.41
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 97,377 0.03 0
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 30-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 152,648 0.05 767,557-80.11
SS Classified 186,878 0.07 338 353-44.77

Russia’s Imports from South Africa

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 40.94% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (38.65% in 2012);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 28.33% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (31.03% in 2012);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 19.83% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (16.66% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 5.53% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (8.67% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.03% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (4.37% in 2012).

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

  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $41,050,140;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $39,229,522;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $39,190,791;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $11,148,178;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $6,254,750;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $5,717,936;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $3,181,754.

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

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $29,650,888;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $8,519,964;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - a decrease of $7,701,146.
Russia’s imports from South Africa in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2013,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2012,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2013
over 2012
01 Live animals 55,546 0.01 55,3000.44
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 866,401 0.11 698,52924.03
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 499,590 0.06 260,97891.43
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 254,109,413 32.49 214,918,62218.24
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 447,628 0.06 310,87043.99
10 Cereals 3,181,754 0.41 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 919,461 0.12 873,1985.30
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 53,878 0.01 47,44213.57
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 8,436 0.00 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 42,624 0.01 33,61226.81
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 77,940 0.01 79,021-1.37
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 6,156 0.00 11,242-45.24
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 98 0.00 459-78.65
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 20,352,852 2.60 14,634,91639.07
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 164,005 0.02 148,44910.48
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 39,315,782 5.03 33,061,03218.92
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 124,533 0.02 157,332-20.85
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 7,410,778 0.95 7,564,092-2.03
26 Ores, slag and ash 146,613,285 18.75 105,563,14538.89
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,063,083 0.14 1,240,375-14.29
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 24,348,271 3.11 32,049,417-24.03
29 Organic chemicals 2,578,045 0.33 1,364,08688.99
30 Pharmaceutical products 137,962 0.02 4,1303,240.48
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 445,092 0.06 864,288-48.50
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 527,933 0.07 132,166299.45
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 24,718 0.00 28,280-12.60
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 808,122 0.10 100,567703.57
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 10,232,047 1.31 18,752,011-45.43
39 Plastics and articles thereof 2,968,450 0.38 3,443,047-13.78
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,182,933 0.15 2,773,567-57.35
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 26,495 0.00 49,584-46.57
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 226,091 0.03 142,91358.20
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 504,180 0.06 791,719-36.32
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 33,962 0.00 33,7690.57
45 Cork and articles of cork 2,207 0.00 992,129.29
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 427,794 0.05 515,540-17.02
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 25,266 0.00 16,08857.05
50 Silk 0 0.00 311-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0 0.00 42,762-100.00
52 Cotton 0 0.00 4,169-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 42,008 0.01 113,335-62.93
55 Man-made staple fibers 8,266 0.00 1,403489.17
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 225 0.00 251-10.36
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 123 0.00 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,123 0.00 166,918.75
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 52,093 0.01 64,995-19.85
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 8,523 0.00 4,091108.34
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 13,500 0.00 2,104541.63
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 32,615 0.00 6,711385.99
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 65,512 0.01 605,426-89.18
65 Headgear and parts thereof 91 0.00 237-61.60
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 3,003 0.00 496,028.57
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 9,452 0.00 82,563-88.55
69 Ceramic products 59,345 0.01 143,813-58.73
70 Glass and glassware 289,768 0.04 198,78945.77
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 627,322 0.08 1,145,149-45.22
72 Iron and steel 29,926,815 3.83 18,778,63759.37
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,171,881 0.15 2,231,610-47.49
74 Copper and articles thereof 38,462 0.00 32,57318.08
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3,376,012 0.43 5,246,216-35.65
79 Zinc and articles thereof 489,477 0.06 167,912191.51
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 86,184 0.01 154,149-44.09
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 4,198,808 0.54 3,316,33926.61
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 42,700 0.01 79,833-46.51
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 66,490,861 8.50 27,261,339143.90
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 19,331,986 2.47 21,189,372-8.77
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 1,393,631 0.18 719,91293.58
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 133,552,154 17.08 163,203,042-18.17
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 794,172 0.10 592,16134.11
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 156 0.00 0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 281 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 153,676 0.02 176,511-12.94
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6,051 0.00 5,15917.29
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 64,372 0.01 52,09023.58
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 840 0.00 0

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