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

Russia’s Trade with South Ossetia

In 2013, Russia’s trade with South Ossetia totaled $59,057,318, up 6.15% ($3,423,243) from 2012.

Russia’s exports to South Ossetia in 2013 totaled $56,383,670, up 3.37% ($1,840,785) from 2012.

Russia’s imports from South Ossetia in 2013 totaled $2,673,648, up 145.02% ($1,582,458) from 2012.

Russia’s trade surplus with South Ossetia in 2013 was $53,710,022, a 0.48% increase ($258,327) over 2012.

South Ossetia was Russia’s 125th largest trading partner in 2013 (up from 128th in 2012), accounting for 0.0070% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0066% in 2012).

South Ossetia was Russia’s 110th largest export market in 2013 (up from 111th in 2012), accounting for 0.0107% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0104% in 2012).

South Ossetia was Russia’s 138th largest supplier in 2013 (up from 147th in 2012), accounting for 0.0008% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0003% in 2012).

Russia’s Exports to South Ossetia

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 35.14% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (28.50% in 2012);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 19.76% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (29.72% in 2012);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 16.13% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (13.20% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 11.30% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (11.31% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 8.96% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (10.93% in 2012);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.08% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (0.44% in 2012).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to South Ossetia 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 $4,373,306;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $1,681,801;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $714,204;
  • 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 (HS code 94) - an increase of $491,704;
  • 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 $389,802;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $384,352;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - an increase of $276,726;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $275,211;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $249,851;
  • Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 16) - an increase of $238,418;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $235,456;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $224,768;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - an increase of $203,415;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $189,725;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - an increase of $187,499;
  • Ceramic products (HS code 69) - an increase of $182,615.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to South Ossetia 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 $4,985,745;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $1,524,300;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $1,097,188;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $675,170;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $418,646;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $403,965;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $286,959;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $262,508.
Russia’s exports to South Ossetia in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2013,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2012,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2013
over 2012
01 Live animals 0 0.00 19,495-100.00
02 Meat and edible meat offal 245,410 0.44 55,685340.71
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 87,271 0.15 26,412230.42
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 384,352 0.68 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 947 0.00 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 122,376 0.22 10,9411,018.51
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 55,491 0.10 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 15,755 0.03 0
10 Cereals 47,645 0.08 43,8678.61
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,837,550 3.26 1,650,05111.36
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 4,346 0.01 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 226,689 0.40 132,63470.91
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 238,418 0.42 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 310,499 0.55 33,773819.37
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 545,071 0.97 424,25428.48
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 245,082 0.43 20,3141,106.47
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 251,082 0.45 15,6261,506.82
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 70,980 0.13 2,8202,417.02
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 3,135,286 5.56 4,232,474-25.92
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 25,021 0.04 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,243,529 2.21 529,325134.93
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,589,087 2.82 1,696,371-6.32
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 18,223,127 32.32 13,849,82131.58
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 11,522 0.02 5222,107.28
29 Organic chemicals 22,633 0.04 3,915478.11
30 Pharmaceutical products 2,459,031 4.36 777,230216.38
31 Fertilizers 48,495 0.09 97,223-50.12
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 187,076 0.33 36,772408.75
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 23,912 0.04 11,051116.38
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 73,222 0.13 2,1293,339.27
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 1,675-100.00
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0 0.00 46,414-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 13,725 0.02 4,328217.12
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 298,305 0.53 23,0941,191.70
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,245,332 2.21 2,769,632-55.04
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,989,224 3.53 2,393,189-16.88
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 10,942 0.02 1586,825.32
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 274,037 0.49 112,711143.13
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 123,485 0.22 24514,420.83
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 126,653 0.22 249,241-49.18
52 Cotton 62,797 0.11 0
54 Man-made filaments 7,654 0.01 0
55 Man-made staple fibers 220,759 0.39 17,3441,172.83
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 54,746 0.10 2,0282,599.51
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 33,893 0.06 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 8,946 0.02 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 19,646 0.03 3944,886.29
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 79,692 0.14 40,40397.24
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 43,736 0.08 114,283-61.73
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 22,282 0.04 2748,032.12
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 36,368 0.06 54,052-32.72
65 Headgear and parts thereof 18,213 0.03 12,71843.21
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,697,580 3.01 1,960,088-13.39
69 Ceramic products 332,155 0.59 149,540122.12
70 Glass and glassware 91,497 0.16 141,545-35.36
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 389,802 0.69 0
72 Iron and steel 861,018 1.53 1,536,188-43.95
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,884,913 6.89 4,171,872-6.88
74 Copper and articles thereof 25,613 0.05 1,9201,234.01
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 233,534 0.41 190,04622.88
79 Zinc and articles thereof 2,641 0.00 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 19,664 0.03 19,3641.55
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 26,463 0.05 43,400-39.03
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 5,407,094 9.59 10,392,839-47.97
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 1,655,890 2.94 1,645,2880.64
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,870,306 5.09 3,288,952-12.73
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 77,950 0.14 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,132,611 2.01 882,76028.30
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 198 0.00 34482.35
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 1,068,042 1.89 576,33885.32
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 48,057 0.09 27,73073.30
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 45,839 0.08 31414,498.41
SS Classified 91,463 0.16 0

Russia’s Imports from South Ossetia

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 49.39% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (41.05% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 34.57% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (55.20% in 2012);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 8.48% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (0.00% in 2012);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 5.67% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (3.75% in 2012).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from South Ossetia 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 $541,198;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $324,063;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $318,783;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $226,219;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $109,359;
  • 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 (HS code 94) - an increase of $49,217.

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

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
Russia’s imports from South Ossetia 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
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,194 0.04 0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 150,295 5.62 40,936267.15
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 379 0.01 0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 310 0.01 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 226,219 8.46 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 410 0.02 0
72 Iron and steel 893,863 33.43 569,80056.87
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,162 0.12 5,193-39.11
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 27,202 1.02 27,354-0.56
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 91 0.00 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 67 0.00 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 989,105 36.99 447,907120.83
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 7,553 0.28 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 318,783 11.92 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 5,146 0.19 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 49,217 1.84 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 652 0.02 0
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia