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Russian trade with Iran in the 3rd 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 Iran in the third quarter of 2016: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Iran

In the 3rd quarter of 2016, Russia’s trade with Iran totaled $703,336,138, up 110.76% ($369,626,787) from the 3rd quarter of 2015.

Russia’s exports to Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2016 totaled $672,769,843, up 126.08% ($375,188,083) from the 3rd quarter of 2015.

Russia’s imports from Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2016 were $30,566,295, down 15.39% ($5,561,296) from the 3rd quarter of 2015.

Russia’s trade surplus with Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2016 was $642,203,548, a 145.63% increase ($380,749,379) over the 3rd quarter of 2015.

Iran was Russia’s 33rd largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2016 (up from 50th in the 3rd quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.5769% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.2629% in the 3rd quarter of 2015).

Iran was Russia’s 26th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2016 (up from 41st in the 3rd quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.9351% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.3742% in the 3rd quarter of 2015).

Iran was Russia’s 78th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2016 (down from 72nd in the 3rd quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.0612% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0762% in the 3rd quarter of 2015).

Russia’s Exports to Iran

The major share of Russian exports to Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2016 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 44.10% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (21.10% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 15.59% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (15.07% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 10.26% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (48.20% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 6.44% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (13.89% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes codes 28-40) - 1.17% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (1.16% in the 3rd quarter of 2015).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2016 over the 3rd quarter of 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 $234,899,544;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $60,075,799;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $47,524,601;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $8,383,289;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $7,372,076;
  • 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 (HS code 86) - an increase of $2,369,679.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2016 over the 3rd quarter of 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $82,771,198;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $50,360,986;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $4,713,847;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $3,311,557.
Russia’s exports to Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2016
over Q3 2015
01 Live animals 0 0.00 241,975-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 359,023 0.05 316,25013.53
10 Cereals 58,540,076 8.70 141,311,274-58.57
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 58,750 0.01 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 7,628,178 1.13 256,1022,878.57
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 1,316,826 0.20 397331,594.21
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 136,973 0.02 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 39,003 0.01 254,422-84.66
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 670,873 0.10 29,6872,159.82
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 273,978 0.04 1,022,924-73.22
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 150 0.00 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 691,441 0.10 1,224,090-43.51
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 2,949,068 0.44 1,758,89167.67
29 Organic chemicals 994,240 0.15 9,23610,664.83
30 Pharmaceutical products 850,278 0.13 0
31 Fertilizers 30,250 0.00 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 994,724 0.15 29,7293,245.97
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 15,258 0.00 0
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 3,418 0.00 0
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,501 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 298,629 0.04 230,27729.68
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,258,562 0.19 921,26236.61
40 Rubber and articles thereof 476,471 0.07 514,791-7.44
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 630 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 22,325,203 3.32 25,636,760-12.92
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 2,820,821 0.42 1,165,127142.10
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 6,292,767 0.94 11,006,614-42.83
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 11,908,586 1.77 3,525,297237.80
54 Man-made filaments 750,333 0.11 290,857157.97
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 47,136 0.01 0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 1,009 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 52,636 0.01 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 337-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 223 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 650 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 51,423 0.01 8,890478.44
70 Glass and glassware 710,173 0.11 150473,348.67
72 Iron and steel 103,789,187 15.43 43,713,388137.43
73 Articles of iron or steel 661,960 0.10 1,002,188-33.95
74 Copper and articles thereof 37,341 0.01 11,202233.34
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 326,500 0.05 7,3204,360.38
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 26,219 0.00 93,561-71.98
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 41,556 0.01 7,418460.20
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 8,910,002 1.32 59,270,988-84.97
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 236,429,422 35.14 1,529,87815,354.14
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 2,389,213 0.36 19,53412,131.05
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 48,253,259 7.17 728,6586,522.21
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 337,369-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 737,484 0.11 904,420-18.45
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 362 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 0 0.00 15,633-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 482 0.00 944-48.94
SS Classified 148,616,596 22.09 184,12080,617.25

Russia’s Imports from Iran

The major share of Russian imports from Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2016 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 68.58% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (45.28% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes codes 28-40) - 16.02% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (19.71% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 8.10% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (13.55% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.56% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (16.20% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.13% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (1.21% in the 3rd quarter of 2015).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2016 over the 3rd 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 $2,898,551;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $797,961;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $579,775;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $347,610;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $310,454;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - an increase of $162,022;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - an increase of $108,242;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $97,984.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2016 over the 3rd quarter of 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $5,017,068;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $1,891,446;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $1,555,868;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $835,914;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $435,859;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $311,330;
  • Ceramic products (HS code 69) - a decrease of $239,517;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $143,661;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $138,158.
Russia’s imports from Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2016
over Q3 2015
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 138,244 0.45 103,90133.05
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 347,610 1.14 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 5,065 0.02 9,551-46.97
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,111,433 3.64 1,022,8738.66
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 15,453,337 50.56 12,554,78623.09
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 148,404 0.49 459,734-67.72
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 6,080 0.02 11,651-47.82
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 85,935 0.28 25,828232.72
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 82,802 0.27 41,323100.38
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 24,574 0.08 7,932209.81
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 20,552 0.07 9,818109.33
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 21,358 0.07 25,632-16.67
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 2,485,240 8.13 1,905,46530.43
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 801,808 2.62 3,84720,742.42
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 9,835-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 231,146 0.76 167,97437.61
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,150,956 7.04 4,042,402-46.79
26 Ores, slag and ash 1,030 0.00 836,944-99.88
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 324,954 1.06 14,5002,141.06
29 Organic chemicals 1,464,019 4.79 1,607,680-8.94
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 435,859-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 35 0.00 775-95.48
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 3,265-100.00
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 16,722-100.00
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 10,098 0.03 83,982-87.98
39 Plastics and articles thereof 3,416,392 11.18 4,972,260-31.29
40 Rubber and articles thereof 5,602 0.02 1,896195.46
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 57 0.00 270-78.89
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,660 0.01 1,990-16.58
54 Man-made filaments 118,231 0.39 9,9891,083.61
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 24,092-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 269 0.00 6,952-96.13
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 264,187 0.86 178,37148.11
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 195 0.00 3,768-94.82
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 5,615 0.02 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 246,762 0.81 214,42715.13
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 15,607 0.05 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 134,575 0.44 36,591267.78
69 Ceramic products 200,137 0.65 439,654-54.48
70 Glass and glassware 333,900 1.09 171,87894.27
72 Iron and steel 0 0.00 2,223-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 38,273 0.13 176,431-78.31
74 Copper and articles thereof 403 0.00 5,528-92.71
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0 0.00 41,201-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 419-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 3,318-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 385 0.00 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 32 0.00 566-94.35
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 254,935 0.83 5,272,003-95.16
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 8,987 0.03 7,49619.89
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 444,978 1.46 483,449-7.96
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 73,910 0.24 87,944-15.96
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0 0.00 1,897-100.00
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 41,330 0.14 106,820-61.31
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 19,575 0.06 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 24,111 0.08 73,979-67.41
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,507 0.00 0
SS Classified 0 0.00 400,000-100.00

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