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Russian trade with Syria in the 2nd quarter of 2016

by Russian Foreign Trade
based on data from the Federal Customs Service of Russia
The Report on Russia’s foreign trade in goods with Syria in the second quarter of 2016: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Syria

In the 2nd quarter of 2016, Russia’s trade with Syria was $24,952,285, down 66.03% ($48,507,826) from the 2nd quarter of 2015.

Russia’s exports to Syria in the 2nd quarter of 2016 were $20,477,611, down 71.88% ($52,338,191) from the 2nd quarter of 2015.

Russia’s imports from Syria in the 2nd quarter of 2016 totaled $4,474,674, up 594.49% ($3,830,365) from the 2nd quarter of 2015.

Russia’s trade surplus with Syria in the 2nd quarter of 2016 was $16,002,937, a 77.83% decrease ($56,168,556) over the 2nd quarter of 2015.

Syria was Russia’s 105th largest trading partner in the 2nd quarter of 2016 (down from 88th in the 2nd quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.0229% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0539% in the 2nd quarter of 2015).

Syria was Russia’s 94th largest export market in the 2nd quarter of 2016 (down from 72nd in the 2nd quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.0308% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0795% in the 2nd quarter of 2015).

Syria was Russia’s 102nd largest supplier in the 2nd quarter of 2016 (up from 130th in the 2nd quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.0106% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0014% in the 2nd quarter of 2015).

Russia’s Exports to Syria

The major share of Russian exports to Syria in the 2nd quarter of 2016 (and in the 2nd quarter of 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 53.09% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (24.42% in the 2nd quarter of 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 30.39% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (2.84% in the 2nd quarter of 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 8.73% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (21.84% in the 2nd quarter of 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 6.54% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (11.54% in the 2nd quarter of 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.09% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (0.81% in the 2nd quarter of 2015).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Syria in the 2nd quarter of 2016 over the 2nd quarter of 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $3,909,389;
  • 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 $2,587,460;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1,488,439;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $1,039,297;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $796,950;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $180,837;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $139,175;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $87,460;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $77,087.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Syria in the 2nd quarter of 2016 over the 2nd quarter of 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - a decrease of $11,969,028;
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - a decrease of $8,203,485;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $8,147,865;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $2,842,474;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $2,040,456;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $957,243;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $362,975;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $104,367.
Russia’s exports to Syria in the 2nd quarter of 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q2 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q2 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2016
over Q2 2015
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 77,087 0.38 0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 26,691 0.13 0
10 Cereals 5,484,412 26.78 13,632,277-59.77
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 43,292 0.21 2,885,766-98.50
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 87,460 0.43 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 34,479 0.17 53,030-34.98
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 5,118,262 24.99 1,208,873323.39
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 223,997 1.09 586,972-61.84
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 318,928 1.56 138,091130.95
30 Pharmaceutical products 796,950 3.89 0
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0 0.00 8,203,485-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 143,561 0.70 4,4863,173.16
40 Rubber and articles thereof 79,223 0.39 59,69032.72
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,716,718 8.38 3,757,174-54.31
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 71,910 0.35 176,277-59.21
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0 0.00 11,969,028-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 1,034-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 230-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 299 0.00 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 30,841 0.15 0
74 Copper and articles thereof 0 0.00 150-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 96 0.00 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,561,363 7.62 72,9242,041.08
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 3,534,089 17.26 946,629273.33
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 87,847 0.43 1,045,090-91.59
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,040,106 5.08 809128,466.87
SS Classified 0 0.00 28,073,887-100.00

Russia’s Imports from Syria

The major share of Russian imports from Syria in the 2nd quarter of 2016 (and in the 2nd quarter of 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 98.36% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (78.77% in the 2nd quarter of 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.44% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (19.25% in the 2nd quarter of 2015).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Syria in the 2nd quarter of 2016 over the 2nd quarter of 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $2,050,561;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $1,754,104;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $62,806;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $28,860;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $14,281.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Syria in the 2nd quarter of 2016 over the 2nd quarter of 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - a decrease of $74,682;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - a decrease of $28,685.
Russia’s imports from Syria in the 2nd quarter of 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q2 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q2 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2016
over Q2 2015
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,754,104 39.20 0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 2,525,161 56.43 474,600432.06
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 47,227 1.06 32,94643.35
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 62,806 1.40 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 343 0.01 0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 7,026 0.16 0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 4,782 0.11 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 1,456-100.00
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 0 0.00 1,784-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 622 0.01 0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 39 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 28,860 0.64 0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,610 0.10 0
52 Cotton 0 0.00 752-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 74,682-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 351-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 11 0.00 42-73.81
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 19,518 0.44 48,203-59.51
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 9,488-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 245 0.01 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,338 0.05 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 3,599 0.08 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 31 0.00 5520.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 13,352 0.30 0
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia