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Russian trade with North Korea 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 North Korea in the third quarter of 2016: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with North Korea

In the 3rd quarter of 2016, Russia’s trade with North Korea was $16,319,365, down 10.92% ($1,999,991) from the 3rd quarter of 2015.

Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2016 were $15,509,170, down 6.52% ($1,081,336) from the 3rd quarter of 2015.

Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2016 were $810,195, down 53.14% ($918,655) from the 3rd quarter of 2015.

Russia’s trade surplus with North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2016 was $14,698,975, a 1.09% decrease ($162,681) over the 3rd quarter of 2015.

North Korea was Russia’s 120th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2016 (up from 122nd in the 3rd quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.0134% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0144% in the 3rd quarter of 2015).

North Korea was Russia’s 107th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2016 (up from 110th in the 3rd quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.0216% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0209% in the 3rd quarter of 2015).

North Korea was Russia’s 132nd largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2016 (down from 120th in the 3rd quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.0016% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0036% in the 3rd quarter of 2015).

Russia’s Exports to North Korea

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 94.75% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (87.93% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.62% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (1.38% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes codes 28-40) - 1.81% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (0.31% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 0.71% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (3.41% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.00% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (6.48% in the 3rd quarter of 2015).

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

  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $269,522;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $226,947;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $77,487;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $56,346;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $51,195.

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

  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $1,065,720;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - a decrease of $268,207;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $112,435;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $88,771.
Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2016
over Q3 2015
01 Live animals 5,593 0.04 37,795-85.20
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 268,207-100.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 9,000-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 40,862 0.26 0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0 0.00 112,435-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 30,584 0.20 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 44,565-100.00
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 30,000-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0 0.00 13,200-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 8,587 0.06 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0 0.00 45,000-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 23,744 0.15 5,764311.94
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 101,907 0.66 45,561123.67
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 14,593,087 94.09 14,541,8920.35
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 0 0.00 2,419-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 26,065-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0 0.00 8,812-100.00
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 47 0.00 6,444-99.27
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 3,616-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 269,555 1.74 33816,733.33
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0 0.00 1,793-100.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 10,720 0.07 1,543594.75
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 4 499-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0 0.00 1,065,720-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 136 0.00 9,828-98.62
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 571 0.00 98482.65
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 2,196-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,075 0.01 2,351-11.74
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 446-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 1,991-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 58-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 275-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 0 0.00 334-100.00
72 Iron and steel 0 0.00 1,283-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 13,541 0.09 17,756-23.74
74 Copper and articles thereof 23 0.00 251-90.84
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,098 0.01 0
78 Lead and articles thereof 0 0.00 229-100.00
80 Tin and articles thereof 0 0.00 44-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 359 0.00 6,008-94.02
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 3 0.00 19-84.21
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 165,624 1.07 88,13787.92
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 6,513 0.04 44,926-85.50
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 237 0.00 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 227,755 1.47 80828,087.50
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 5,549 0.04 94,420-94.12
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 485-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 13,720-100.00
SS Classified 0 0.00 30,580-100.00

Russia’s Imports from North Korea

The major share of Russian imports from North Korea 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) - 53.84% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (14.77% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 8.88% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (63.80% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes codes 28-40) - 7.89% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (8.06% in the 3rd quarter of 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.25% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (1.03% in the 3rd quarter of 2015).

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

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $407,617;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $53,267;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $51,097;
  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 92) - an increase of $19,095;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $10,859;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $8,926;
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles (HS code 96) - an increase of $4,092.

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $997,118;
  • 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) - a decrease of $140,223;
  • 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 $97,274;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $88,876;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - a decrease of $51,094;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $42,500;
  • Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof (HS code 56) - a decrease of $36,780;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $8,106;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $6,211;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $5,476.
Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2016
over Q3 2015
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0 0.00 42,500-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 401 0.05 6,612-93.94
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 53,267 6.57 0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 10,234 1.26 1,308682.42
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0 0.00 88,876-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 137 0.02 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 3 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 51,094-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 123 0.02 36,903-99.67
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 16,682 2.06 14,41016.58
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 52,124 6.43 1,0274,975.37
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,502 0.31 999,620-99.75
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 545 0.07 301,716.67
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 440 0.05 0
69 Ceramic products 0 0.00 75-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0 0.00 790-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 2,023 0.25 10,129-80.03
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 5,476-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0 0.00 2,266-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 9,153 1.13 9,249-1.04
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 4,410 0.54 101,684-95.66
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 0.00 140,223-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 409,311 50.52 1,69424,062.40
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 13,354 1.65 2,495435.23
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 231,076 28.52 211,9819.01
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 116 0.01 306-62.09
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 4,294 0.53 2022,025.74

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