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Russian trade with South Africa 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 South Africa in 2015: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with South Africa

In 2015, Russia’s trade with South Africa was $837,809,920, down 14.16% ($138,184,734) from 2014.

Russia’s exports to South Africa in 2015 were $271,043,899, down 4.91% ($13,998,380) from 2014.

Russia’s imports from South Africa in 2015 were $566,766,021, down 17.97% ($124,186,354) from 2014.

Russia’s trade deficit with South Africa in 2015 was $295,722,122, a 27.15% decrease ($110,187,974) over 2014.

South Africa was Russia’s 67th largest trading partner in 2015 (just as in 2014), accounting for 0.1592% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.1247% in 2014).

South Africa was Russia’s 76th largest export market in 2015 (up from 80th in 2014), accounting for 0.0789% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0574% in 2014).

South Africa was Russia’s 47th largest supplier in 2015 (just as in 2014), accounting for 0.3103% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.2416% in 2014).

Russia’s Exports to South Africa

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 63.93% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (70.27% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 19.23% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (8.16% in 2014);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 6.06% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (12.55% in 2014);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.85% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (2.40% in 2014);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.48% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (1.83% in 2014);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.89% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (3.97% in 2014).

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

  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $27,382,492;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $3,159,919;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $2,920,995;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $2,040,490;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $1,428,807;
  • 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) - an increase of $1,098,474.

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $27,530,778;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $21,358,331;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $3,087,804;
  • 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) - a decrease of $1,309,189.
Russia’s exports to South Africa in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2014,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2015
over 2014
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 73,280 0.03 130,600-43.89
10 Cereals 171,763,791 63.37 199,294,569-13.81
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 766,000 0.28 602,41527.15
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 26,186 0.01 73,220-64.24
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 641,171 0.24 206,341210.73
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 43,702-100.00
26 Ores, slag and ash 2,065,950 0.76 25,4608,014.49
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 14,356,039 5.30 35,714,370-59.80
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 826,353 0.30 795,4253.89
29 Organic chemicals 300,688 0.11 546,324-44.96
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 540-100.00
31 Fertilizers 38,968,473 14.38 11,585,981236.34
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 5,805 0.00 3,54063.98
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 15,540 0.01 12,80221.39
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 2,969 0.00 2,8573.92
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,746 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 2,389,116 0.88 960,309148.79
39 Plastics and articles thereof 440,315 0.16 180,792143.55
40 Rubber and articles thereof 9,175,655 3.39 9,168,5880.08
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 120 0.00 461-73.97
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 948,044 0.35 685,99638.20
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 3,604,265 1.33 2,821,53727.74
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 4,863,678 1.79 1,703,759185.47
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 3,389 0.00 10,586-67.99
54 Man-made filaments 219,229 0.08 118,62884.80
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 209,290 0.08 99720,891.98
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 114-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 1,517-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 20 0.00 1,907-98.95
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 300 0.00 1,198-74.96
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 33,602 0.01 18,66080.08
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 189-100.00
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 50-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 55,816 0.02 19,471186.66
69 Ceramic products 2,800 0.00 10,306-72.83
70 Glass and glassware 11,649 0.00 126,680-90.80
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0 0.00 1,309,189-100.00
72 Iron and steel 3,296,264 1.22 6,384,068-48.37
73 Articles of iron or steel 21,975 0.01 141,612-84.48
74 Copper and articles thereof 12,718 0.00 6,075109.35
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3,132,199 1.16 3,338,359-6.18
78 Lead and articles thereof 15 0.00 30-50.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,369,753 0.51 1,452,352-5.69
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0 0.00 4,878-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,327,346 0.49 1,782,089-25.52
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 2,651,907 0.98 1,553,43370.71
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 67,782 0.03 2,2402,925.98
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 39,761-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 6,379,188 2.35 3,458,19384.47
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0 0.00 150-100.00
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 42,433 0.02 112,466-62.27
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 49,886 0.02 2,7021,746.26
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 807,354 0.30 246,137228.01
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 960 0.00 0
SS Classified 111,840 0.04 338 654-66.98

Russia’s Imports from South Africa

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 42.20% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (40.09% in 2014);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 23.08% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (23.12% in 2014);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 21.71% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (25.63% in 2014);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 7.34% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (6.20% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 5.26% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (4.64% in 2014).

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

  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $5,369,600;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $2,797,859;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $2,504,859.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from South Africa in 2015 over 2014 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 $44,957,310;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $32,120,048;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $23,884,624;
  • 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 $9,983,497;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $9,755,268;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $4,915,902;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $2,887,431;
  • 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 $2,477,609;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $2,159,733.
Russia’s imports from South Africa in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2014,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2015
over 2014
01 Live animals 47,072 0.01 21,366120.31
02 Meat and edible meat offal 109,524 0.02 91,20020.09
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 59,400 0.01 0
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 17,735 0.00 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 633,299 0.11 726,602-12.84
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 113,979 0.02 866,674-86.85
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 197,975,714 34.93 230,095,762-13.96
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 172,893 0.03 255,133-32.23
10 Cereals 60,414 0.01 788,032-92.33
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 575,716 0.10 750,538-23.29
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 37,208 0.01 52,483-29.10
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,990 0.00 9,228-78.44
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 2,205 0.00 7,972-72.34
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 72,574 0.01 49,57446.40
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 18,971,898 3.35 13,602,29839.48
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 249,473 0.04 359,240-30.56
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 19,574,951 3.45 29,330,219-33.26
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 14,801 0.00 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 474,167 0.08 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 10,152,813 1.79 15,068,715-32.62
26 Ores, slag and ash 119,862,847 21.15 143,747,471-16.62
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 782,914 0.14 916,748-14.60
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 16,961,996 2.99 19,439,605-12.75
29 Organic chemicals 2,885,654 0.51 3,452,170-16.41
30 Pharmaceutical products 21,451 0.00 69,174-68.99
31 Fertilizers 83,221 0.01 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 245,815 0.04 263,957-6.87
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 376,970 0.07 360,1874.66
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 116,301 0.02 42,682172.48
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 100,583 0.02 233,837-56.99
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 5,496,007 0.97 2,991,14883.74
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,731,878 0.31 3,891,611-55.50
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,785,722 0.32 1,324,28534.84
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 15,692 0.00 27,991-43.94
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 93,817 0.02 75,55424.17
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 75,641 0.01 196,200-61.45
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 17,404 0.00 26,169-33.49
45 Cork and articles of cork 106 0.00 22381.82
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 6 0.00 3100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 178,288 0.03 348,146-48.79
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 23,050 0.00 20,76311.01
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 71,714 0.01 42,22969.82
54 Man-made filaments 153,598 0.03 48,033219.78
55 Man-made staple fibers 59,384 0.01 13,776331.07
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 5,442 0.00 697,786.96
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 17 0.00 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 180 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 22,504 0.00 10,008124.86
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 16,616 0.00 18,434-9.86
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,610 0.00 10,256-84.30
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3,595 0.00 10,638-66.21
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 238 0.00 19,226-98.76
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 657-100.00
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0 0.00 5,449-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 127,530 0.02 36,833246.24
69 Ceramic products 218,006 0.04 40,280441.23
70 Glass and glassware 138,133 0.02 257,104-46.27
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 690,754 0.12 686,1160.68
72 Iron and steel 33,743,529 5.95 36,630,960-7.88
73 Articles of iron or steel 2,167,741 0.38 1,568,92238.17
74 Copper and articles thereof 14,378 0.00 60,066-76.06
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0 0.00 8,897-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3,485,698 0.62 2,736,39527.38
79 Zinc and articles thereof 573,762 0.10 616,060-6.87
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,009,709 0.18 19,7035,024.65
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 562,591 0.10 1,129,224-50.18
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 18,272 0.00 40,227-54.58
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 20,502,785 3.62 17,704,92615.80
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 5,508,357 0.97 15,491,854-64.44
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 500,550 0.09 2,121,807-76.41
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 96,265,742 16.99 141,223,052-31.83
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 20,889 0.00 6,155239.38
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 260,063 0.05 513,844-49.39
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 592 0.00 4,750-87.54
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 1,184 0.00 1,295-8.57
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 56,845 0.01 202,250-71.89
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 559 0.00 9,027-93.81
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 88,145 0.02 131,548-32.99
SS Classified 302,120 0.05 29 546922.54
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia