Russian foreign trade
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Russian trade with South Korea 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 South Korea in 2016: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with South Korea

In 2016, Russia’s trade with South Korea was $15,140,410,743, down 16.16% ($2,917,439,616) from 2015.

Russia’s exports to South Korea in 2016 were $10,027,147,248, down 25.71% ($3,470,669,428) from 2015.

Russia’s imports from South Korea in 2016 totaled $5,113,263,495, up 12.13% ($553,229,812) from 2015.

Russia’s trade surplus with South Korea in 2016 was $4,913,883,753, a 45.02% decrease ($4,023,899,240) over 2015.

South Korea was Russia’s 9th largest trading partner in 2016 (just as in 2015), accounting for 3.2368% of Russia’s total trade (down from 3.4313% in 2015).

South Korea was Russia’s 7th largest export market in 2016 (up from 8th in 2015), accounting for 3.5122% of Russia’s total exports (down from 3.9284% in 2015).

South Korea was Russia’s 8th largest supplier in 2016 (up from 10th in 2015), accounting for 2.8055% of Russia’s total imports (up from 2.4962% in 2015).

Russia’s Exports to South Korea

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 74.83% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (79.01% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 12.39% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (8.70% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.38% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (6.26% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.94% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (2.65% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.77% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (1.62% in 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.35% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (1.62% in 2015).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to South Korea in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $46,779,604;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $35,041,203.

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

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $3,209,094,630;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $197,029,642;
  • 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 $62,909,070;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $49,492,817.
Russia’s exports to South Korea in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2016
over 2015
01 Live animals 289 0.00 22627.88
02 Meat and edible meat offal 712,832 0.01 12,7185,504.91
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 1,011,702,004 10.09 976,660,8013.59
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 13,038 0.00 7,29578.73
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 3,857,122 0.04 3,381,20914.08
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 20 0.00 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 227,241 0.00 120,85788.02
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 91,701 0.00 48,20090.25
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 80,105 0.00 40,49797.80
10 Cereals 174,068,223 1.74 156,829,35310.99
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 50,542 0.00 4,141,691-98.78
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 858,881 0.01 597,00743.86
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 821,016 0.01 608,87734.84
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 79,754 0.00 14,092465.95
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 679,834 0.01 75,855796.23
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 134,431 0.00 814,434-83.49
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 533 0.00 1,411-62.23
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 547,260 0.01 635,416-13.87
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 73,133 0.00 20,417258.20
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 52,887 0.00 83,241-36.47
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 2,907,136 0.03 478,121508.03
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 338,564 0.00 429,897-21.25
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 37,291,132 0.37 29,622,04625.89
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 8,219,623 0.08 329,4032,395.31
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 29,496 0.00 26,9979.26
26 Ores, slag and ash 93,304,814 0.93 46,525,210100.55
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 7,409,595,219 73.90 10,618,689,849-30.22
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 247,953,295 2.47 310,862,365-20.24
29 Organic chemicals 7,590,216 0.08 5,531,98237.21
30 Pharmaceutical products 12,726,783 0.13 15,497,634-17.88
31 Fertilizers 84,562 0.00 111,360-24.06
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 8,056,588 0.08 1,465,000449.94
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 63,981 0.00 45,08541.91
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 22,811 0.00 185,487-87.70
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1,840 0.00 7,080-74.01
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 9,044 0.00 0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 29,912 0.00 6,984328.29
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,080,508 0.01 1,098,997-1.68
39 Plastics and articles thereof 4,808,688 0.05 8,173,263-41.17
40 Rubber and articles thereof 12,581,878 0.13 14,994,010-16.09
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 3,446 0.00 76,221-95.48
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 4,188 0.00 2,47469.28
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 534,231 0.01 1,106,177-51.70
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 98,765,835 0.98 111,850,809-11.70
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 70,012,424 0.70 97,247,308-28.01
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 6,250,930 0.06 7,234,657-13.60
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2,487,265 0.02 2,988,276-16.77
50 Silk 0 0.00 5,511-100.00
52 Cotton 1,909 0.00 366421.58
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 1,160 0.00 280314.29
54 Man-made filaments 647,733 0.01 1,586,983-59.18
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,273,437 0.01 1,856,831-31.42
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 634 0.00 1,399-54.68
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 20,724 0.00 53,391-61.18
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 94,873 0.00 400,826-76.33
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 51,714 0.00 24,437111.62
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 76,751 0.00 24,200217.15
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 79,773 0.00 57,90637.76
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 312,498 0.00 343,917-9.14
65 Headgear and parts thereof 18,321 0.00 13,85232.26
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 224-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 97,709 0.00 190,975-48.84
69 Ceramic products 1,442,063 0.01 382,745276.77
70 Glass and glassware 818,048 0.01 654,06925.07
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 18,196,823 0.18 5,367,452239.02
72 Iron and steel 292,792,629 2.92 297,953,109-1.73
73 Articles of iron or steel 6,400,993 0.06 12,575,488-49.10
74 Copper and articles thereof 218,864 0.00 37,555482.78
75 Nickel and articles thereof 7,779 0.00 1,582391.72
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 330,744,945 3.30 527,774,587-37.33
80 Tin and articles thereof 37,289 0.00 24,47752.34
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 8,727,753 0.09 6,554,77633.15
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 892,496 0.01 332,309168.57
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 23,066 0.00 215,398-89.29
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 17,466,967 0.17 24,017,658-27.27
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 17,199,855 0.17 30,599,098-43.79
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 305,937 0.00 2,70011,231.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 989,467 0.01 7,625,327-87.02
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 91,185,664 0.91 140,678,481-35.18
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 8,525,602 0.09 15,456,425-44.84
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 54,231 0.00 27,027100.65
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 17,006 0.00 25,727-33.90
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 945,120 0.01 121,574677.40
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 29,162 0.00 95,846-69.57
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,448 0.00 1,3785.08
SS Classified 8,641,550 0.09 4 050 501113.35

Russia’s Imports from South Korea

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 66.52% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (61.67% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 15.59% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (16.54% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 8.34% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (10.53% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.97% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (2.12% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.87% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (2.13% in 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.39% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (2.16% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.80% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (1.03% in 2015).

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

  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $518,428,257;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $180,304,594;
  • 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 $66,871,702;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $18,899,822.

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

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $167,190,553;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $22,026,315;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $18,194,742;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $16,658,326;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $15,511,004.
Russia’s imports from South Korea in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2016
over 2015
01 Live animals 1,131 0.00 0
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,292,838 0.04 3,459,639-33.73
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 63,873 0.00 213,242-70.05
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 30,478 0.00 144,165-78.86
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 828,270 0.02 766,1818.10
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 17,116 0.00 48,930-65.02
10 Cereals 95,535 0.00 147,235-35.11
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,136 0.00 10,773-89.46
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,539,071 0.03 1,819,374-15.41
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 69,007 0.00 80,682-14.47
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 22,483 0.00 4454,952.36
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 1,186,514 0.02 1,235,073-3.93
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 16,627 0.00 68,338-75.67
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,059,998 0.02 712,26648.82
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 805,445 0.02 838,472-3.94
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 12,032,002 0.24 13,675,327-12.02
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,591,197 0.03 803,06498.14
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 33,841,364 0.66 32,969,2272.65
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 16,795,438 0.33 15,739,2126.71
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 564,347 0.01 373,20451.22
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 27,694,229 0.54 23,399,22018.36
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 3,291,885 0.06 8,936,275-63.16
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 67,720,338 1.32 89,746,653-24.54
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 33,137,296 0.65 33,018,8170.36
29 Organic chemicals 84,995,168 1.66 74,363,39914.30
30 Pharmaceutical products 17,460,733 0.34 13,910,50425.52
31 Fertilizers 1,047 0.00 17,238-93.93
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 23,107,063 0.45 24,144,489-4.30
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 36,103,729 0.71 25,677,12740.61
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 22,096,663 0.43 18,666,19118.38
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 5,174,920 0.10 5,109,3021.28
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 9 0.00 2,233-99.60
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 473,919 0.01 698,218-32.12
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 22,741,151 0.44 17,532,52629.71
39 Plastics and articles thereof 380,417,327 7.44 388,522,123-2.09
40 Rubber and articles thereof 171,563,718 3.36 152,663,89612.38
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 4,376,884 0.09 2,770,56257.98
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,274,882 0.04 5,066,063-55.10
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 4,146 0.00 1,940113.71
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 429,515 0.01 896,292-52.08
45 Cork and articles of cork 5,471 0.00 4121,227.91
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 101,215 0.00 44,806125.90
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 141 0.00 62127.42
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 39,330,799 0.77 42,623,262-7.72
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,279,754 0.03 3,232,868-60.41
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 33,000 0.00 26,80823.10
52 Cotton 1,876,050 0.04 3,767,712-50.21
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 225,597 0.00 123,15083.19
54 Man-made filaments 14,654,009 0.29 14,591,4530.43
55 Man-made staple fibers 26,428,261 0.52 29,626,324-10.79
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 11,655,617 0.23 10,922,8346.71
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 74,277 0.00 80,828-8.10
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,092,173 0.02 953,33314.56
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 16,382,099 0.32 13,458,12821.73
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 8,818,724 0.17 10,090,267-12.60
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 3,002,927 0.06 2,009,97349.40
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,247,913 0.02 2,429,090-48.63
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 9,390,477 0.18 8,135,42015.43
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 412,354 0.01 379,5998.63
65 Headgear and parts thereof 102,186 0.00 112,250-8.97
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 3,298 0.00 33,666-90.20
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 283,681 0.01 170,95865.94
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 14,011,900 0.27 13,214,0576.04
69 Ceramic products 1,126,126 0.02 1,840,896-38.83
70 Glass and glassware 24,089,707 0.47 28,687,910-16.03
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 777,985 0.02 869,293-10.50
72 Iron and steel 163,161,326 3.19 181,356,068-10.03
73 Articles of iron or steel 102,845,316 2.01 119,503,642-13.94
74 Copper and articles thereof 3,008,138 0.06 3,304,784-8.98
75 Nickel and articles thereof 50,036 0.00 6,273697.64
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 10,711,682 0.21 11,467,318-6.59
78 Lead and articles thereof 2,750 0.00 6,670-58.77
79 Zinc and articles thereof 1,349,720 0.03 2,266,640-40.45
80 Tin and articles thereof 166 0.00 51,222-99.68
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 120,310 0.00 43,488176.65
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 104,190,974 2.04 119,701,978-12.96
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 40,778,209 0.80 42,563,562-4.19
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 966,853,280 18.91 786,548,68622.92
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 792,777,563 15.50 725,905,8619.21
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 487,041 0.01 1,262,826-61.43
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 977,033,817 19.11 1,144,224,370-14.61
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 523,155,691 10.23 4,727,43410,966.38
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 140,780,542 2.75 149,670,506-5.94
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 817,212 0.02 1,464,238-44.19
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 201,885 0.00 239,955-15.87
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 96,129,040 1.88 86,594,17911.01
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2,328,187 0.05 2,577,316-9.67
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 19,411,490 0.38 16,644,44816.62
SS Classified 14,744,887 0.29 14 228 9433.63

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