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Russian trade with Saudi Arabia in 2015

by Russian Foreign Trade
based on data from the Federal Customs Service of Russia
The Report on Russia’s foreign trade in goods with Saudi Arabia in 2015: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In 2015, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia was $926,048,781, down 20.48% ($238,506,765) from 2014.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in 2015 were $770,697,919, down 14.13% ($126,846,875) from 2014.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in 2015 were $155,350,862, down 41.82% ($111,659,890) from 2014.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in 2015 was $615,347,057, a 2.41% decrease ($15,186,985) over 2014.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 65th largest trading partner in 2015 (up from 66th in 2014), accounting for 0.1760% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.1487% in 2014).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 55th largest export market in 2015 (up from 60th in 2014), accounting for 0.2243% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.1806% in 2014).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 71st largest supplier in 2015 (down from 67th in 2014), accounting for 0.0850% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0934% in 2014).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian exports to Saudi Arabia in 2015 (and in 2014) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 75.06% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (40.24% in 2014);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 10.51% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (30.97% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 6.88% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (5.95% in 2014);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.98% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (3.54% in 2014);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.19% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (18.25% in 2014).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $205,046,694;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $12,303,764;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $2,901,398;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $2,748,958.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $162,583,471;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $154,620,866;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $20,986,595;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $13,602,781;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $2,846,241.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2014,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2015
over 2014
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 42,274 0.01 24,62871.65
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 454,543 0.06 709,342-35.92
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 12,710 0.00 49,051-74.09
10 Cereals 547,555,643 71.05 342,508,94959.87
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 154,000 0.02 199,700-22.88
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 29,973,264 3.89 17,669,50069.63
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0 0.00 145-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 157,491 0.02 134117,430.60
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0 0.00 318-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 27,005 0.00 17,73752.25
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,824 0.00 99383.69
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 81,872 0.01 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 14,582-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 9,202,407 1.19 163,823,273-94.38
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,324,447 0.17 3,266,052-59.45
29 Organic chemicals 82,104 0.01 2,928,345-97.20
30 Pharmaceutical products 2,757,421 0.36 1,912,10644.21
31 Fertilizers 800,354 0.10 1,925,888-58.44
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 10,220 0.00 3,161223.32
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 420-100.00
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 1 0.00 27-96.30
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 128-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 41,524,438 5.39 39,251,0045.79
39 Plastics and articles thereof 328,666 0.04 818,234-59.83
40 Rubber and articles thereof 6,209,056 0.81 3,307,65887.72
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 123-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 21,605,673 2.80 18,856,71514.58
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 2,057,126 0.27 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 14,726,258 1.91 12,897,97814.17
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,644 0.00 13,189-64.79
52 Cotton 24,591 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 551,905 0.07 78,879599.69
55 Man-made staple fibers 26 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 466,903 0.06 1,431,462-67.38
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 73,944 0.01 78,995-6.39
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 14,296 0.00 15,148-5.62
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 2,068 0.00 13,091-84.20
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 75,396 0.01 184,373-59.11
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 5 0.00 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 407 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 4,442-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 622 0.00 0
69 Ceramic products 3,562 0.00 0
70 Glass and glassware 1,684,015 0.22 30,3165,454.87
72 Iron and steel 79,919,563 10.37 242,503,034-67.04
73 Articles of iron or steel 795,028 0.10 21,781,623-96.35
74 Copper and articles thereof 19,085 0.00 18105,927.78
75 Nickel and articles thereof 702 0.00 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 331 0.00 13,603,112-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 2,489 0.00 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 271,329 0.04 64,588320.09
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 11,743 0.00 1955,922.05
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 2,141,705 0.28 3,359,548-36.25
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 1,820,270 0.24 3,546,063-48.67
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 9,931-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,406,800 0.18 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2,051,666 0.27 254,061707.55
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 71 0.00 145,760-99.95
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,430 0.00 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 247,593 0.03 144,92770.84
SS Classified 16,933 0.00 95 848-82.33

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian imports from Saudi Arabia in 2015 (and in 2014) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 93.12% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (93.02% in 2014);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.78% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (2.76% in 2014);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.04% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (2.08% in 2014);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.76% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.44% in 2014);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.07% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.34% in 2014).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $1,560,796.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $84,077,636;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $10,027,902;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $7,278,363;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $3,344,871;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - a decrease of $3,048,496;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $2,255,491;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $2,116,745.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2014,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2015
over 2014
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 98,299-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 207,778 0.13 244,784-15.12
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 62,663-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 6,095 0.00 14,550-58.11
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 8,137 0.01 26,031-68.74
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 2,269 0.00 18,454-87.70
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 7,342 0.00 28,075-73.85
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 52 0.00 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 117,427 0.08 58,97699.11
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 279,180-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 12,235,427 7.88 22,263,329-45.04
30 Pharmaceutical products 3,297,233 2.12 10,575,596-68.82
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 4,399,232 2.83 6,515,977-32.49
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 82,036 0.05 91,030-9.88
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 21,112 0.01 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 508,626 0.33 638,672-20.36
39 Plastics and articles thereof 124,124,485 79.90 208,202,121-40.38
40 Rubber and articles thereof 93 0.00 79,500-99.88
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 49,913-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,729,664 1.76 1,168,868133.53
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 559 0.00 2,309-75.79
54 Man-made filaments 4,317,646 2.78 7,366,142-41.39
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 947-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 253 0.00 0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 3,677-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 5 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 260 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 318 0.00 85,676-99.63
70 Glass and glassware 0 0.00 746-100.00
72 Iron and steel 0 0.00 158-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,133 0.00 132,148-97.63
74 Copper and articles thereof 0 0.00 1,333-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 108,448 0.07 3,453,319-96.86
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 9 0.00 828-98.91
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,118,063 2.01 5,373,554-41.97
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 53,398 0.03 129,568-58.79
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 459 0.00 38,124-98.80
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 0 0.00 440-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,303 0.00 5,765-77.40
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia