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

Russia’s Trade with South Korea

In 2013, Russia’s trade with South Korea totaled $25,172,506,413, up 1.46% ($363,379,433) from 2012.

Russia’s exports to South Korea in 2013 totaled $14,867,070,264, up 7.31% ($1,012,820,722) from 2012.

Russia’s imports from South Korea in 2013 were $10,305,436,149, down 5.93% ($649,441,289) from 2012.

Russia’s trade surplus with South Korea in 2013 was $4,561,634,115, a 57.33% increase ($1,662,262,011) over 2012.

South Korea was Russia’s 11th largest trading partner in 2013 (up from 12th in 2012), accounting for 2.9888% of Russia’s total trade (up from 2.9465% in 2012).

South Korea was Russia’s 12th largest export market in 2013 (just as in 2012), accounting for 2.8197% of Russia’s total exports (up from 2.6402% in 2012).

South Korea was Russia’s 9th largest supplier in 2013 (just as in 2012), accounting for 3.2719% of Russia’s total imports (down from 3.4529% in 2012).

Russia’s Exports to South Korea

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 80.09% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (79.03% in 2012);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 8.33% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (7.64% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.59% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (8.09% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.70% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (2.17% in 2012);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.71% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (1.68% in 2012);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.49% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (1.08% in 2012).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to South Korea 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) - an increase of $833,985,344;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $123,685,872;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $107,958,031;
  • 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 $101,397,588;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $74,907,966.

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

  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $90,604,973;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $49,511,275.
Russia’s exports to South Korea in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2013,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2012,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2013
over 2012
01 Live animals 586,476 0.00 363,60061.30
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 1,114,189,551 7.49 1,006,231,52010.73
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,112,859 0.01 2,297,083-51.55
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 58,926 0.00 22,503161.86
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 41,040 0.00 36,95011.07
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 16,923 0.00 42,163-59.86
10 Cereals 80,716,733 0.54 5,808,7671,289.57
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 687,742 0.00 678,0811.42
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 213,337 0.00 210,8501.18
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 512,312 0.00 610,468-16.08
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 119,274 0.00 189,065-36.91
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 1,698,870 0.01 1,415,42020.03
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 265,695 0.00 1,486,362-82.12
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 848,075 0.01 676,91525.29
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 5,413 0.00 2,012,384-99.73
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 30,219 0.00 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 303,929 0.00 196,99054.29
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 422,987 0.00 315,29534.16
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 34,772,164 0.23 34,930,030-0.45
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,206,167 0.01 1,553,830-22.37
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,682 0.00 16,400-89.74
26 Ores, slag and ash 137,870,062 0.93 14,184,190872.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 11,769,308,335 79.16 10,935,322,9917.63
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 341,288,137 2.30 239,890,54942.27
29 Organic chemicals 6,264,556 0.04 6,505,073-3.70
30 Pharmaceutical products 10,401,892 0.07 9,476,2519.77
31 Fertilizers 1,839,530 0.01 1,361,25835.13
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,412,593 0.01 5,484,552-74.24
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 279,979 0.00 59,864367.69
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 52,398 0.00 99,063-47.11
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 21,167 0.00 17,00424.48
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 400 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 641,650 0.00 951,435-32.56
39 Plastics and articles thereof 18,435,390 0.12 15,333,99620.23
40 Rubber and articles thereof 20,692,476 0.14 20,777,489-0.41
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 438,261 0.00 9,5274,500.20
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,813 0.00 1,40628.95
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 159,208 0.00 976,441-83.70
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 176,231,273 1.19 151,560,76616.28
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 66,449,538 0.45 68,758,063-3.36
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 7,186,990 0.05 7,971,548-9.84
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 3,769,850 0.03 4,275,416-11.82
50 Silk 4,018 0.00 3,6589.84
52 Cotton 770 0.00 69810.32
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 405 0.00 680-40.44
54 Man-made filaments 1,982,804 0.01 1,255,76657.90
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 64,348-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 616,708 0.00 1,816,268-66.05
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 114 0.00 8829.55
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 2,326 0.00 19,497-88.07
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 28,887 0.00 71,826-59.78
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 113,386 0.00 327,757-65.41
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 14,301 0.00 31,692-54.88
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 12,685 0.00 175,926-92.79
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 35,130 0.00 118,660-70.39
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 252,874 0.00 303,107-16.57
65 Headgear and parts thereof 662 0.00 6,002-88.97
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 574 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 81,731 0.00 99,353-17.74
69 Ceramic products 152,476 0.00 584,202-73.90
70 Glass and glassware 94,673 0.00 140,972-32.84
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,891,132 0.02 3,452,512-16.26
72 Iron and steel 518,220,860 3.49 567,732,135-8.72
73 Articles of iron or steel 42,039,279 0.28 40,911,4212.76
74 Copper and articles thereof 29,908 0.00 253,078-88.18
75 Nickel and articles thereof 2,107 0.00 18,290-88.48
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 405,288,958 2.73 495,893,931-18.27
78 Lead and articles thereof 1,852,823 0.01 611,853202.82
80 Tin and articles thereof 29,334 0.00 3707,828.11
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 12,224,451 0.08 15,156,071-19.34
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 438,372 0.00 322,13136.09
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 58,827 0.00 476,273-87.65
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 19,241,471 0.13 44,882,051-57.13
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 20,272,537 0.14 38,715,565-47.64
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 110,125 0.00 1,840,601-94.02
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 11,481,682 0.08 11,433,1690.42
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 3,427,394 0.02 33,362,536-89.73
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 18,500,804 0.12 19,921,249-7.13
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 497 0.00 14,711-96.62
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 196,495 0.00 823,392-76.14
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 60,685 0.00 9,504538.52
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 9,163 0.00 52,959-82.70
SS Classified 6,742,964 0.05 31 233 682-78.41

Russia’s Imports from South Korea

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 70.74% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (73.89% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 13.15% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (12.30% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.29% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (5.78% in 2012);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.70% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (1.59% in 2012);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.33% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (1.18% in 2012);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.13% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (0.97% in 2012).

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

  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $103,224,793.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from South Korea 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 $632,187,833;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $124,624,831;
  • 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 $102,854,294;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $47,671,662;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $35,619,451.
Russia’s imports from South Korea in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2013,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2012,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2013
over 2012
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 167,872 0.00 25,733552.36
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 335,047 0.00 464,897-27.93
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 78,715 0.00 63,60923.75
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,392,837 0.01 721,76992.98
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 17,110 0.00 10,26366.72
10 Cereals 137,112 0.00 92,55148.15
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 15,153 0.00 33,378-54.60
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,360,476 0.01 1,032,88431.72
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 11,437 0.00 29,065-60.65
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 13,982 0.00 5292,543.10
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 1,922,662 0.02 2,150,467-10.59
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 96,633 0.00 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 485,387 0.00 491,281-1.20
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,889,945 0.02 1,285,31147.04
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 22,507,329 0.22 22,368,1850.62
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 755,395 0.01 900,341-16.10
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 38,939,536 0.38 37,871,4752.82
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 31,890,383 0.31 32,271,912-1.18
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 230,401 0.00 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 35,107,185 0.34 29,626,76518.50
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 18,292,800 0.18 15,228,16220.12
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 98,629,545 0.96 91,061,7228.31
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 47,506,229 0.46 41,663,19414.02
29 Organic chemicals 97,974,578 0.95 68,295,69643.46
30 Pharmaceutical products 21,230,105 0.21 11,447,65685.45
31 Fertilizers 53,900 0.00 1,4683,571.66
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 46,447,698 0.45 47,162,059-1.51
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 17,549,215 0.17 13,212,25932.83
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 33,713,098 0.33 38,182,548-11.71
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 4,065,228 0.04 3,323,02522.34
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 48 0.00 67,766-99.93
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 1,382,247 0.01 2,317,170-40.35
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 39,050,602 0.38 34,546,72213.04
39 Plastics and articles thereof 707,165,454 6.86 742,784,905-4.80
40 Rubber and articles thereof 338,691,801 3.29 344,412,561-1.66
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 5,426,841 0.05 7,667,257-29.22
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 22,781,115 0.22 17,966,96626.79
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 15,057 0.00 139,575-89.21
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 3,295,659 0.03 3,875,408-14.96
45 Cork and articles of cork 11,334 0.00 50,714-77.65
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 119 0.00 101,090.00
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 5 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 69,533,331 0.67 69,351,2950.26
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 5,631,880 0.05 1,863,085202.29
50 Silk 0 0.00 48,711-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 38,980 0.00 75,192-48.16
52 Cotton 963,191 0.01 1,473,419-34.63
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 251,130 0.00 313,622-19.93
54 Man-made filaments 17,101,167 0.17 20,058,692-14.74
55 Man-made staple fibers 47,078,925 0.46 42,899,8139.74
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 16,099,423 0.16 14,338,48512.28
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 697,256 0.01 350,60398.87
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 3,573,758 0.03 2,035,31475.59
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 23,534,438 0.23 21,582,5029.04
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 26,640,040 0.26 28,125,960-5.28
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 9,107,370 0.09 12,271,136-25.78
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 14,392,843 0.14 15,161,668-5.07
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 13,653,389 0.13 14,748,983-7.43
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 1,183,881 0.01 498,452137.51
65 Headgear and parts thereof 427,864 0.00 345,33823.90
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 44,673 0.00 47,147-5.25
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 98,107 0.00 258,731-62.08
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 21,894,229 0.21 32,339,462-32.30
69 Ceramic products 2,443,464 0.02 2,540,593-3.82
70 Glass and glassware 53,803,346 0.52 49,200,5769.36
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 3,589,037 0.03 4,729,141-24.11
72 Iron and steel 333,824,880 3.24 309,986,3757.69
73 Articles of iron or steel 172,548,734 1.67 188,130,515-8.28
74 Copper and articles thereof 7,464,333 0.07 5,919,47126.10
75 Nickel and articles thereof 14,479 0.00 9,40753.92
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 20,887,321 0.20 15,330,03236.25
78 Lead and articles thereof 1,552 0.00 791,864.56
79 Zinc and articles thereof 1,119,040 0.01 2,387,121-53.12
80 Tin and articles thereof 474,426 0.00 651,100-27.13
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,488,408 0.01 162,296817.09
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 55,567,926 0.54 52,914,7545.01
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 55,246,035 0.54 57,743,638-4.33
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 2,005,458,532 19.46 2,130,083,363-5.85
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 1,338,882,926 12.99 1,441,737,220-7.13
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 975,187 0.01 1,632,222-40.25
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 3,434,073,778 33.32 4,066,261,611-15.55
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 280,559,111 2.72 177,334,31858.21
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 230,179,534 2.23 277,851,196-17.16
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 4,243,652 0.04 4,748,881-10.64
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 461,792 0.00 480,182-3.83
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 248,077,806 2.41 223,313,74811.09
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 9,521,629 0.09 10,092,852-5.66
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 17,334,049 0.17 26,225,449-33.90
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 81,375 0.00 0
SS Classified 114,530,647 1.11 14 376 430696.66
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia