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Russian trade with South Korea 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 Korea in 2014: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with South Korea

In 2014, Russia’s trade with South Korea totaled $27,311,224,618, up 8.50% ($2,138,718,205) from 2013.

Russia’s exports to South Korea in 2014 totaled $18,287,044,023, up 23.00% ($3,419,973,759) from 2013.

Russia’s imports from South Korea in 2014 were $9,024,180,595, down 12.43% ($1,281,255,554) from 2013.

Russia’s trade surplus with South Korea in 2014 was $9,262,863,428, a 103.06% increase ($4,701,229,313) over 2013.

South Korea was Russia’s 10th largest trading partner in 2014 (up from 11th in 2013), accounting for 3.4884% of Russia’s total trade (up from 2.9888% in 2013).

South Korea was Russia’s 8th largest export market in 2014 (up from 12th in 2013), accounting for 3.6799% of Russia’s total exports (up from 2.8197% in 2013).

South Korea was Russia’s 9th largest supplier in 2014 (just as in 2013), accounting for 3.1555% of Russia’s total imports (down from 3.2719% in 2013).

Russia’s Exports to South Korea

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 83.64% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (80.09% in 2013);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 6.51% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (8.33% in 2013);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.25% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (6.59% in 2013);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.37% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (2.70% in 2013);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.20% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (1.71% in 2013).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to South Korea in 2014 over 2013 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 $3,272,882,766;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $115,202,757;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $96,034,015;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $72,894,013;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $71,056,117.

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

  • 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 $142,373,471;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - a decrease of $71,090,335.
Russia’s exports to South Korea in 2014 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2014,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2013,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2014
over 2013
01 Live animals 0 0.00 586,476-100.00
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 1,043,099,216 5.70 1,114,189,551-6.38
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,492,763 0.01 1,112,85934.14
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 189,817 0.00 58,926222.13
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 64,060 0.00 41,04056.09
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 53,941 0.00 16,923218.74
10 Cereals 123,602,662 0.68 80,716,73353.13
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,170,475 0.01 687,74270.19
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 467,522 0.00 213,337119.15
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 717,951 0.00 512,31240.14
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 4,253 0.00 119,274-96.43
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 550,623 0.00 1,698,870-67.59
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0 0.00 265,695-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 844,704 0.00 848,075-0.40
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 7,096 0.00 5,41331.09
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 49,639 0.00 30,21964.26
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 291,299 0.00 303,929-4.16
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 437,541 0.00 422,9873.44
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 17,439,420 0.10 34,772,164-49.85
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 753,705 0.00 1,206,167-37.51
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 33,488 0.00 1,6821,890.96
26 Ores, slag and ash 253,072,819 1.38 137,870,06283.56
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 15,042,191,101 82.26 11,769,308,33527.81
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 198,914,666 1.09 341,288,137-41.72
29 Organic chemicals 10,255,633 0.06 6,264,55663.71
30 Pharmaceutical products 10,525,074 0.06 10,401,8921.18
31 Fertilizers 7,345 0.00 1,839,530-99.60
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,492,711 0.01 1,412,5935.67
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 295,637 0.00 279,9795.59
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 46,692 0.00 52,398-10.89
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 11,581 0.00 21,167-45.29
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 35,880 0.00 0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0 0.00 400-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 855,187 0.00 641,65033.28
39 Plastics and articles thereof 11,119,544 0.06 18,435,390-39.68
40 Rubber and articles thereof 17,298,200 0.09 20,692,476-16.40
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 2,400 0.00 438,261-99.45
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,370 0.00 1,81330.72
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 61,272 0.00 159,208-61.51
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 134,046,415 0.73 176,231,273-23.94
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 79,845,319 0.44 66,449,53820.16
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 3,525,232 0.02 7,186,990-50.95
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2,541,994 0.01 3,769,850-32.57
50 Silk 4,061 0.00 4,0181.07
52 Cotton 4,524 0.00 770487.53
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 240 0.00 405-40.74
54 Man-made filaments 1,845,919 0.01 1,982,804-6.90
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 110,700 0.00 616,708-82.05
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 114-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 500 0.00 2,326-78.50
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 10,377 0.00 28,887-64.08
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0 0.00 113,386-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 23,790 0.00 14,30166.35
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 47,463 0.00 12,685274.17
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 62,930 0.00 35,13079.13
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 322,930 0.00 252,87427.70
65 Headgear and parts thereof 14,904 0.00 6622,151.36
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 574-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 87,335 0.00 81,7316.86
69 Ceramic products 123,638 0.00 152,476-18.91
70 Glass and glassware 407,067 0.00 94,673329.97
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 5,616,817 0.03 2,891,13294.28
72 Iron and steel 591,114,873 3.23 518,220,86014.07
73 Articles of iron or steel 32,714,702 0.18 42,039,279-22.18
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,641,865 0.01 29,9088,733.31
75 Nickel and articles thereof 658 0.00 2,107-68.77
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 501,322,973 2.74 405,288,95823.70
78 Lead and articles thereof 2,179,905 0.01 1,852,82317.65
80 Tin and articles thereof 9,422 0.00 29,334-67.88
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 11,982,184 0.07 12,224,451-1.98
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 61,579 0.00 438,372-85.95
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 74,947 0.00 58,82727.40
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 25,533,103 0.14 19,241,47132.70
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 23,246,970 0.13 20,272,53714.67
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 120,000 0.00 110,1258.97
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 15,061,860 0.08 11,481,68231.18
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 74,483,511 0.41 3,427,3942,073.18
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 20,992,656 0.11 18,500,80413.47
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 7,308 0.00 4971,370.42
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 302 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 95,717 0.00 196,495-51.29
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 33,736 0.00 60,685-44.41
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 17,787 0.00 9,16394.12
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 10,340 0.00 0
SS Classified 19,237,183 0.11 6 742 964185.29

Russia’s Imports from South Korea

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 69.25% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (70.74% in 2013);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 13.49% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (13.15% in 2013);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 7.46% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (6.29% in 2013);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.65% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (1.70% in 2013);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.54% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (1.33% in 2013);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.34% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (1.13% in 2013).

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

  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $33,073,068.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from South Korea 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) - a decrease of $724,324,912;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $130,687,514;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $98,578,610;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $93,439,800;
  • 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 $87,578,926.
Russia’s imports from South Korea in 2014 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2014,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2013,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2014
over 2013
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 7,701,881 0.09 167,8724,487.95
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 4,670 0.00 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 374,485 0.00 335,04711.77
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 453,988 0.01 78,715476.75
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,637,117 0.02 1,392,83717.54
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 106,655 0.00 17,110523.35
10 Cereals 182,965 0.00 137,11233.44
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 21,182 0.00 15,15339.79
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,874,968 0.02 1,360,47637.82
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 12,359 0.00 11,4378.06
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 196 0.00 13,982-98.60
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 2,021,326 0.02 1,922,6625.13
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 80,433 0.00 96,633-16.76
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 715,711 0.01 485,38747.45
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 2,117,769 0.02 1,889,94512.05
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 21,563,215 0.24 22,507,329-4.19
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 863,977 0.01 755,39514.37
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 41,688,565 0.46 38,939,5367.06
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 33,465,253 0.37 31,890,3834.94
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 347,603 0.00 230,40150.87
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 23,620,971 0.26 35,107,185-32.72
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 15,379,665 0.17 18,292,800-15.93
26 Ores, slag and ash 1,835 0.00 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 105,884,266 1.17 98,629,5457.36
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 33,167,804 0.37 47,506,229-30.18
29 Organic chemicals 94,659,004 1.05 97,974,578-3.38
30 Pharmaceutical products 17,252,512 0.19 21,230,105-18.74
31 Fertilizers 9,125 0.00 53,900-83.07
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 39,679,479 0.44 46,447,698-14.57
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 27,842,189 0.31 17,549,21558.65
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 30,251,075 0.34 33,713,098-10.27
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 4,745,936 0.05 4,065,22816.74
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 818 0.00 481,604.17
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 1,401,344 0.02 1,382,2471.38
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 31,879,544 0.35 39,050,602-18.36
39 Plastics and articles thereof 608,586,844 6.74 707,165,454-13.94
40 Rubber and articles thereof 327,919,537 3.63 338,691,801-3.18
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 3,529,563 0.04 5,426,841-34.96
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 12,338,331 0.14 22,781,115-45.84
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 22,697 0.00 15,05750.74
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,404,362 0.03 3,295,659-27.04
45 Cork and articles of cork 286 0.00 11,334-97.48
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 7,483 0.00 1196,188.24
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 10 0.00 5100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 67,584,530 0.75 69,533,331-2.80
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,931,955 0.02 5,631,880-65.70
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 33,436 0.00 38,980-14.22
52 Cotton 1,425,337 0.02 963,19147.98
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 581,608 0.01 251,130131.60
54 Man-made filaments 15,443,251 0.17 17,101,167-9.69
55 Man-made staple fibers 40,456,588 0.45 47,078,925-14.07
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 16,382,311 0.18 16,099,4231.76
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 358,086 0.00 697,256-48.64
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,342,667 0.01 3,573,758-62.43
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 22,921,529 0.25 23,534,438-2.60
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 17,292,643 0.19 26,640,040-35.09
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 7,378,766 0.08 9,107,370-18.98
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 12,254,697 0.14 14,392,843-14.86
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 12,345,528 0.14 13,653,389-9.58
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 601,444 0.01 1,183,881-49.20
65 Headgear and parts thereof 290,704 0.00 427,864-32.06
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 16,482 0.00 44,673-63.11
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 99,676 0.00 98,1071.60
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 22,536,779 0.25 21,894,2292.93
69 Ceramic products 2,642,589 0.03 2,443,4648.15
70 Glass and glassware 52,002,739 0.58 53,803,346-3.35
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,733,041 0.03 3,589,037-23.85
72 Iron and steel 314,444,041 3.48 333,824,880-5.81
73 Articles of iron or steel 205,621,802 2.28 172,548,73419.17
74 Copper and articles thereof 5,917,861 0.07 7,464,333-20.72
75 Nickel and articles thereof 431 0.00 14,479-97.02
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 14,404,494 0.16 20,887,321-31.04
78 Lead and articles thereof 10,344 0.00 1,552566.49
79 Zinc and articles thereof 1,614,220 0.02 1,119,04044.25
80 Tin and articles thereof 140,905 0.00 474,426-70.30
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 70,786 0.00 1,488,408-95.24
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 69,493,070 0.77 55,567,92625.06
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 61,054,368 0.68 55,246,03510.51
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,874,771,018 20.77 2,005,458,532-6.52
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 1,251,304,000 13.87 1,338,882,926-6.54
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 972,737 0.01 975,187-0.25
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,709,748,866 30.03 3,434,073,778-21.09
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 187,119,311 2.07 280,559,111-33.30
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 225,721,300 2.50 230,179,534-1.94
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 5,823,116 0.06 4,243,65237.22
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 624,565 0.01 461,79235.25
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 238,902,131 2.65 248,077,806-3.70
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6,660,742 0.07 9,521,629-30.05
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 15,320,615 0.17 17,334,049-11.62
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 33,514 0.00 81,375-58.82
SS Classified 39,930,974 0.44 114 530 647-65.14

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Russian foreign trade statistics
Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia