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Russian trade with South Africa in 2014

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 2014: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with South Africa

In 2014, Russia’s trade with South Africa was $975,994,654, down 8.65% ($92,378,788) from 2013.

Russia’s exports to South Africa in 2014 were $285,042,279, down 0.41% ($1,186,864) from 2013.

Russia’s imports from South Africa in 2014 were $690,952,375, down 11.66% ($91,191,924) from 2013.

Russia’s trade deficit with South Africa in 2014 was $405,910,096, a 18.15% decrease ($90,005,060) over 2013.

South Africa was Russia’s 67th largest trading partner in 2014 (up from 69th in 2013), accounting for 0.1247% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.1269% in 2013).

South Africa was Russia’s 80th largest export market in 2014 (down from 79th in 2013), accounting for 0.0574% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0543% in 2013).

South Africa was Russia’s 47th largest supplier in 2014 (up from 49th in 2013), accounting for 0.2416% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.2483% in 2013).

Russia’s Exports to South Africa

The major share of Russian exports to South Africa in 2014 (and in 2013) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 70.27% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (47.28% in 2013);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 12.55% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (19.71% in 2013);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 8.16% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (19.21% in 2013);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.97% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (5.90% in 2013);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.40% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (5.04% in 2013);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.83% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (2.50% in 2013).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to South Africa in 2014 over 2013 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $74,839,054;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $2,821,537;
  • 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 $1,250,986;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $900,626.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to South Africa in 2014 over 2013 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $27,957,120;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $20,549,277;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $10,627,236;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - a decrease of $4,783,919;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $4,140,247;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $3,857,710;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $2,896,101;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $2,665,964;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $2,315,490;
  • 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 $1,156,344.
Russia’s exports to South Africa in 2014 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2014,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2013,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2014
over 2013
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 130,600 0.05 25,164419.00
10 Cereals 199,294,569 69.92 124,455,51560.13
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 15,444-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 602,415 0.21 518116,196.33
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 73,220 0.03 42817,007.48
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 206,341 0.07 10,833,577-98.10
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 43,702 0.02 158,858-72.49
26 Ores, slag and ash 25,460 0.01 4,510464.52
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 35,714,370 12.53 56,263,647-36.52
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 795,425 0.28 1,030,903-22.84
29 Organic chemicals 546,324 0.19 280,65294.66
30 Pharmaceutical products 540 0.00 134,053.85
31 Fertilizers 11,585,981 4.06 39,543,101-70.70
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 3,540 0.00 8,078-56.18
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 12,802 0.00 6,54395.66
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 2,857 0.00 194,018-98.53
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0 0.00 64,620-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 960,309 0.34 59,6831,509.02
39 Plastics and articles thereof 180,792 0.06 487,114-62.89
40 Rubber and articles thereof 9,168,588 3.22 13,308,835-31.11
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 461 0.00 11,898-96.13
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 685,996 0.24 238,829187.23
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 2,821,537 0.99 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,703,759 0.60 2,127,805-19.93
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 10,586 0.00 4,794,505-99.78
54 Man-made filaments 118,628 0.04 101,186,180.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 997 0.00 244,213-99.59
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 114 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 8,276-100.00
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0 0.00 88,675-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,517 0.00 242526.86
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,907 0.00 5,380-64.55
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,198 0.00 32,386-96.30
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 18,660 0.01 72,457-74.25
65 Headgear and parts thereof 189 0.00 12,188-98.45
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 50 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 19,471 0.01 27,100-28.15
69 Ceramic products 10,306 0.00 12,000-14.12
70 Glass and glassware 126,680 0.04 54023,359.26
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,309,189 0.46 58,2032,149.35
72 Iron and steel 6,384,068 2.24 6,358,9000.40
73 Articles of iron or steel 141,612 0.05 2,457,102-94.24
74 Copper and articles thereof 6,075 0.00 14,916-59.27
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3,338,359 1.17 2,697,84023.74
78 Lead and articles thereof 30 0.00 15100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 1,590-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,452,352 0.51 5,310,062-72.65
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 4,878 0.00 42,319-88.47
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,782,089 0.63 4,448,053-59.94
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 1,553,433 0.54 2,709,777-42.67
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 0 0.00 202,008-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,240 0.00 119,088-98.12
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 39,761 0.01 600,000-93.37
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,458,193 1.21 6,354,294-45.58
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 150 0.00 348-56.90
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 112,466 0.04 97,37715.50
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2,702 0.00 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 246,137 0.09 152,64861.24
SS Classified 338,654 0.12 186 87881.22

Russia’s Imports from South Africa

The major share of Russian imports from South Africa in 2014 (and in 2013) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 40.09% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (40.94% in 2013);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 25.63% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (28.33% in 2013);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 23.12% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (19.83% in 2013);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.20% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (5.03% in 2013);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.64% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (5.53% in 2013).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from South Africa in 2014 over 2013 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 $7,670,898;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $7,657,937;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $6,704,145.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from South Africa in 2014 over 2013 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $48,785,935;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $24,013,651;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $9,985,563;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $7,240,899;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $6,750,554;
  • 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 $4,908,666;
  • 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 $3,840,132;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $3,069,584;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $2,865,814;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $2,393,722.
Russia’s imports from South Africa in 2014 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2014,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2013,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2014
over 2013
01 Live animals 21,366 0.00 55,546-61.53
02 Meat and edible meat offal 91,200 0.01 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 726,602 0.11 866,401-16.14
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 866,674 0.13 499,59073.48
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 230,095,762 33.30 254,109,413-9.45
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 255,133 0.04 447,628-43.00
10 Cereals 788,032 0.11 3,181,754-75.23
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 750,538 0.11 919,461-18.37
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0 0.00 53,878-100.00
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 8,436-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 52,483 0.01 42,62423.13
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 9,228 0.00 77,940-88.16
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 7,972 0.00 6,15629.50
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 49,574 0.01 9850,485.71
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 13,602,298 1.97 20,352,852-33.17
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 359,240 0.05 164,005119.04
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 29,330,219 4.24 39,315,782-25.40
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 124,533-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 15,068,715 2.18 7,410,778103.34
26 Ores, slag and ash 143,747,471 20.80 146,613,285-1.95
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 916,748 0.13 1,063,083-13.77
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 19,439,605 2.81 24,348,271-20.16
29 Organic chemicals 3,452,170 0.50 2,578,04533.91
30 Pharmaceutical products 69,174 0.01 137,962-49.86
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 263,957 0.04 445,092-40.70
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 360,187 0.05 527,933-31.77
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 42,682 0.01 24,71872.68
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 233,837 0.03 808,122-71.06
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 2,991,148 0.43 10,232,047-70.77
39 Plastics and articles thereof 3,891,611 0.56 2,968,45031.10
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,324,285 0.19 1,182,93311.95
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 27,991 0.00 26,4955.65
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 75,554 0.01 226,091-66.58
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 196,200 0.03 504,180-61.09
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 26,169 0.00 33,962-22.95
45 Cork and articles of cork 22 0.00 2,207-99.00
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 3 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 348,146 0.05 427,794-18.62
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 20,763 0.00 25,266-17.82
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 42,229 0.01 0
54 Man-made filaments 48,033 0.01 42,00814.34
55 Man-made staple fibers 13,776 0.00 8,26666.66
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 69 0.00 225-69.33
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 123-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 1,123-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 10,008 0.00 52,093-80.79
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 18,434 0.00 8,523116.29
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 10,256 0.00 13,500-24.03
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 10,638 0.00 32,615-67.38
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 19,226 0.00 65,512-70.65
65 Headgear and parts thereof 657 0.00 91621.98
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 5,449 0.00 3,00381.45
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 36,833 0.01 9,452289.68
69 Ceramic products 40,280 0.01 59,345-32.13
70 Glass and glassware 257,104 0.04 289,768-11.27
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 686,116 0.10 627,3229.37
72 Iron and steel 36,630,960 5.30 29,926,81522.40
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,568,922 0.23 1,171,88133.88
74 Copper and articles thereof 60,066 0.01 38,46256.17
75 Nickel and articles thereof 8,897 0.00 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,736,395 0.40 3,376,012-18.95
79 Zinc and articles thereof 616,060 0.09 489,47725.86
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 19,703 0.00 86,184-77.14
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,129,224 0.16 4,198,808-73.11
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 40,227 0.01 42,700-5.79
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 17,704,926 2.56 66,490,861-73.37
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 15,491,854 2.24 19,331,986-19.86
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 2,121,807 0.31 1,393,63152.25
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 141,223,052 20.44 133,552,1545.74
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 6,155 0.00 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 513,844 0.07 794,172-35.30
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 4,750 0.00 1562,944.87
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 1,295 0.00 281360.85
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 202,250 0.03 153,67631.61
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 9,027 0.00 6,05149.18
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 131,548 0.02 64,372104.36
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0 0.00 840-100.00
SS Classified 29,546 0.00 0

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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia