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Russian trade with Iran in 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 2016: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Iran

In 2016, Russia’s trade with Iran totaled $2,184,322,496, up 70.54% ($903,479,332) from 2015.

Russia’s exports to Iran in 2016 totaled $1,881,772,385, up 84.94% ($864,280,985) from 2015.

Russia’s imports from Iran in 2016 totaled $302,550,111, up 14.88% ($39,198,347) from 2015.

Russia’s trade surplus with Iran in 2016 was $1,579,222,274, a 109.41% increase ($825,082,638) over 2015.

Iran was Russia’s 42nd largest trading partner in 2016 (up from 53rd in 2015), accounting for 0.4670% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.2434% in 2015).

Iran was Russia’s 34th largest export market in 2016 (up from 48th in 2015), accounting for 0.6591% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.2961% in 2015).

Iran was Russia’s 59th largest supplier in 2016 (up from 61st in 2015), accounting for 0.1660% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.1442% in 2015).

Russia’s Exports to Iran

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 35.84% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (10.79% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 22.77% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (47.13% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 15.01% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (20.61% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 7.64% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (17.15% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.55% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (3.03% in 2015).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Iran in 2016 over 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 $415,497,080;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $130,731,755;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $71,430,574;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $57,291,291;
  • 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 $22,912,029;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $12,706,627.

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $120,804,830;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $22,524,327;
  • 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 $10,845,112;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $8,175,916;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $8,099,039.
Russia’s exports to Iran in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2016
over 2015
01 Live animals 37,250 0.00 241,975-84.61
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 29,920 0.00 0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 84,854-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 4,265,025 0.23 1,368,602211.63
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 205 0.00 0
10 Cereals 314,920,291 16.74 435,725,121-27.73
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 58,750 0.00 17,100243.57
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 13,842,676 0.74 1,136,0491,118.49
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 89,562,726 4.76 32,271,435177.53
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 220,108 0.01 77828,191.52
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 242,603 0.01 44,658443.25
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 2,224 0.00 3,388-34.36
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 182,167 0.01 666,007-72.65
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 335,679 0.02 437,816-23.33
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 748-100.00
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 4,435,873 0.24 2,259,05796.36
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 273,978 0.01 5,278,656-94.81
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 190 0.00 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,727,284 0.09 9,903,200-82.56
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 10,143,995 0.54 20,989,107-51.67
29 Organic chemicals 4,968,105 0.26 2,111,449135.29
30 Pharmaceutical products 850,278 0.05 186,219356.60
31 Fertilizers 44,875 0.00 16,233176.44
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 3,557,094 0.19 535,839563.84
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 112,020 0.01 154,644-27.56
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 65,676 0.00 71,476-8.11
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 3,093 0.00 837269.53
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 667,474 0.04 871,142-23.38
39 Plastics and articles thereof 5,824,777 0.31 4,955,46617.54
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,938,412 0.16 945,584210.75
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,260 0.00 192556.25
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 97,704,268 5.19 120,228,595-18.73
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 6 0.00 0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 7,911,647 0.42 7,516,1275.26
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 21,078,611 1.12 29,177,650-27.76
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 17,040,016 0.91 17,559,711-2.96
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 5,279 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 1,808,364 0.10 1,232,53846.72
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 870,596 0.05 198439,594.95
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 1,009 0.00 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 380 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 63,260 0.00 6,319901.11
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 679 0.00 154,426.67
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 437-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3,497 0.00 15,027-76.73
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 2,475 0.00 1,45769.87
65 Headgear and parts thereof 650 0.00 5,739-88.67
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 30-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 425,286 0.02 153,244177.52
69 Ceramic products 0 0.00 91-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 1,004,966 0.05 85,3601,077.33
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 848,201 0.05 2,83029,871.77
72 Iron and steel 278,730,487 14.81 207,299,91334.46
73 Articles of iron or steel 2,759,839 0.15 1,944,26841.95
74 Copper and articles thereof 178,609 0.01 33,142438.92
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0 0.00 43,892-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 723,667 0.04 16,9134,178.76
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0 0.00 1,760-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 43,622 0.00 139,852-68.81
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 49,760 0.00 201,942-75.36
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 67,052,332 3.56 69,058,423-2.90
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 437,729,173 23.26 22,232,0931,868.91
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 26,076,367 1.39 3,164,338724.07
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 135,440,059 7.20 4,708,3042,776.62
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 2,196,094 0.12 6,287,955-65.07
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 6,000,309 0.32 4,308,03039.28
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 949 0.00 88978.41
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 6 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 27,054 0.00 25,7495.07
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 328 0.00 2,471-86.73
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3,137 0.00 31,545-90.06
SS Classified 316,677,395 16.83 1 727 72218,229.19

Russia’s Imports from Iran

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 77.03% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (78.64% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 16.15% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (8.76% in 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.94% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (3.68% in 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.26% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (6.60% in 2015).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Iran in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $28,096,855;
  • 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 $25,391,125;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $3,044,305;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $1,582,050;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $1,302,830;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $1,114,209;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $968,167.

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

  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $10,565,041;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $5,080,827;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $3,740,111;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $1,947,609;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $1,563,223.
Russia’s imports from Iran in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2016
over 2015
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 905,179 0.30 541,52167.15
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,302,830 0.43 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 8,435 0.00 10,629-20.64
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 103,983,931 34.37 109,064,758-4.66
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 110,150,946 36.41 82,054,09134.24
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 933,170 0.31 2,880,779-67.61
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 91,662 0.03 56,53962.12
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 162,323 0.05 76,719111.58
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 338,445 0.11 256,50931.94
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 40 0.00 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 110,116 0.04 32,161242.39
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 118,652 0.04 31,835272.71
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 265,769 0.09 329,601-19.37
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 10,473,856 3.46 9,505,68910.19
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 3,044,306 1.01 1,462,256108.19
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 45,913 0.02 11,909285.53
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,125,144 0.37 788,87642.63
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,879,682 0.95 13,444,723-78.58
26 Ores, slag and ash 137,890 0.05 3,878,001-96.44
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 806,810 0.27 58,8271,271.50
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 25,652,814 8.48 261,6899,702.79
29 Organic chemicals 3,390,247 1.12 4,064,142-16.58
30 Pharmaceutical products 8,903,373 2.94 5,859,06851.96
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 25,366 0.01 60,753-58.25
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 5,547 0.00 49,150-88.71
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 194 0.00 96,894-99.80
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 10,960 0.00 232,000-95.28
39 Plastics and articles thereof 10,869,421 3.59 12,432,644-12.57
40 Rubber and articles thereof 6,894 0.00 8,829-21.92
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 955 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 6,424 0.00 1554,044.52
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 28,485 0.01 1,0942,503.75
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 18,974 0.01 106,194-82.13
54 Man-made filaments 397,682 0.13 176,433125.40
55 Man-made staple fibers 115,482 0.04 77,48649.04
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 100,739 0.03 90,75911.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 1,233,646 0.41 822,89049.92
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 28,569 0.01 13,184116.69
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 31,430 0.01 5,906432.17
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 160 0.00 329-51.37
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,350 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,038,060 0.34 703,77347.50
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 15,607 0.01 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,330,425 0.44 216,216515.32
69 Ceramic products 870,760 0.29 984,707-11.57
70 Glass and glassware 1,379,445 0.46 1,237,94211.43
72 Iron and steel 0 0.00 3,827-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 820,633 0.27 1,248,124-34.25
74 Copper and articles thereof 52,379 0.02 70,464-25.67
75 Nickel and articles thereof 110,586 0.04 41,201168.41
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 11,533 0.00 6,63773.77
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,595 0.00 3,318-51.93
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 101,171 0.03 33306,478.79
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 7,175 0.00 7,568-5.19
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 6,667,541 2.20 6,356,8864.89
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 38,590 0.01 123,854-68.84
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 510,105 0.17 65784,676.92
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,270,269 0.42 1,975,727-35.71
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 785,000-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 396,217 0.13 438,937-9.73
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 3,733 0.00 2,29063.01
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 143,665 0.05 191,356-24.92
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 19,575 0.01 4004,793.75
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 45,729 0.02 108,417-57.82
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,507 0.00 0

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