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Russian trade with Afghanistan in the 4th 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 Afghanistan in the fourth quarter of 2016: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Afghanistan

In the 4th quarter of 2016, Russia’s trade with Afghanistan totaled $48,569,796, up 57.54% ($17,738,919) from the 4th quarter of 2015.

Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2016 totaled $47,697,870, up 69.29% ($19,523,427) from the 4th quarter of 2015.

Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2016 were $871,926, down 67.18% ($1,784,508) from the 4th quarter of 2015.

Russia’s trade surplus with Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2016 was $46,825,944, a 83.50% increase ($21,307,935) over the 4th quarter of 2015.

Afghanistan was Russia’s 102nd largest trading partner in the 4th quarter of 2016 (up from 112th in the 4th quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.0356% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0236% in the 4th quarter of 2015).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 83rd largest export market in the 4th quarter of 2016 (up from 96th in the 4th quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.0569% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0342% in the 4th quarter of 2015).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 127th largest supplier in the 4th quarter of 2016 (down from 117th in the 4th quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.0017% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0055% in the 4th quarter of 2015).

Russia’s Exports to Afghanistan

The major share of Russian exports to Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2016 (and in the 4th quarter of 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 35.18% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (37.84% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 23.22% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (10.29% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 18.15% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (13.52% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 18.01% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (25.62% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.30% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (4.44% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.31% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (5.97% in the 4th quarter of 2015).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2016 over the 4th quarter of 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $8,176,030;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $4,916,560;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $4,543,570;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - an increase of $1,550,155;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $1,309,644;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $346,666.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2016 over the 4th 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 $494,587;
  • 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 $365,676.
Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q4 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q4 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q4 2016
over Q4 2015
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0 0.00 22,800-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 13,832 0.03 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 15,149,860 31.76 10,606,29042.84
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,550,155 3.25 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 46,238 0.10 0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 18,251 0.04 33,284-45.17
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 11,076,529 23.22 2,900,499281.88
29 Organic chemicals 346,666 0.73 0
30 Pharmaceutical products 29,700 0.06 113,900-73.92
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 10,860 0.02 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 345,382 0.72 405,181-14.76
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 525,360 1.10 529,200-0.73
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,023 0.00 6,720-84.78
40 Rubber and articles thereof 314,720 0.66 196,40360.24
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 8,526,144 17.88 7,216,50018.15
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 61,264 0.13 3,0051,938.74
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,005 0.00 175,811.76
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 810 0.00 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 52,500 0.11 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 10,128 0.02 0
72 Iron and steel 8,544,779 17.91 3,628,219135.51
73 Articles of iron or steel 109,563 0.23 180,543-39.31
74 Copper and articles thereof 510 0.00 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0 0.00 382-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 413,646 0.87 908,233-54.46
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 67,504 0.14 433,180-84.42
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 143,627 0.30 255,466-43.78
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 498 0.00 86,442-99.42
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 286 0.00 6,649-95.70
SS Classified 337,030 0.71 641 530-47.46

Russia’s Imports from Afghanistan

The major share of Russian imports from Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2016 (and in the 4th quarter of 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 98.57% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (99.83% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.32% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (0.00% in the 4th quarter of 2015).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2016 over the 4th quarter of 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $42,570;
  • Carpets and other textile floor coverings (HS code 57) - an increase of $11,490.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2016 over the 4th quarter of 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $1,834,942;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $3,814.
Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q4 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q4 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q4 2016
over Q4 2015
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 816,867 93.69 2,651,809-69.20
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 42,570 4.88 0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 20 0.00 31-35.48
40 Rubber and articles thereof 13 0.00 0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 11,490 1.32 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 777 0.09 116569.83
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 438-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 21 0.00 226-90.71
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 12 0.00 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 156 0.02 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 3,814-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia