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

Russia’s Trade with South Ossetia

In 2016, Russia’s trade with South Ossetia totaled $55,771,870, up 3.02% ($1,633,201) from 2015.

Russia’s exports to South Ossetia in 2016 totaled $49,602,025, up 7.77% ($3,577,416) from 2015.

Russia’s imports from South Ossetia in 2016 were $6,169,845, down 23.96% ($1,944,215) from 2015.

Russia’s trade surplus with South Ossetia in 2016 was $43,432,180, a 14.56% increase ($5,521,631) over 2015.

South Ossetia was Russia’s 123rd largest trading partner in 2016 (up from 128th in 2015), accounting for 0.0119% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0103% in 2015).

South Ossetia was Russia’s 110th largest export market in 2016 (up from 119th in 2015), accounting for 0.0174% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0134% in 2015).

South Ossetia was Russia’s 125th largest supplier in 2016 (down from 115th in 2015), accounting for 0.0034% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0044% in 2015).

Russia’s Exports to South Ossetia

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 24.23% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (27.84% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 21.21% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (28.00% in 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 20.86% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (8.82% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 10.54% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (7.10% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.80% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (9.34% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 4.31% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (12.34% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.45% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (1.21% in 2015).

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $3,478,183;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $2,562,626;
  • Cotton (HS code 52) - an increase of $1,742,092;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $1,682,696;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $1,468,020;
  • 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 $981,653;
  • 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 (HS code 94) - an increase of $801,632;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $648,562;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - an increase of $390,534;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $277,639;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $222,093;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $220,139.

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

  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - a decrease of $5,219,622;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $2,070,613;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $822,453;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $731,960;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $721,240;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $612,989;
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles (HS code 96) - a decrease of $237,565;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $183,208;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $163,236.
Russia’s exports to South Ossetia in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2016
over 2015
02 Meat and edible meat offal 66,062 0.13 16,010312.63
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 391,471 0.79 391,0610.10
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 8,049 0.02 1,157595.68
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 68,148 0.14 84,771-19.61
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 4,178 0.01 19,422-78.49
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 7,446 0.02 17,255-56.85
10 Cereals 19,124 0.04 5,546244.83
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,553,230 3.13 1,162,69633.59
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 15 0.00 580-97.41
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 218,309 0.44 222,791-2.01
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 33,368 0.07 1,0763,001.12
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 380,988 0.77 309,49623.10
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 293,053 0.59 282,7853.63
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 281,588 0.57 251,61311.91
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 127,656 0.26 290,892-56.12
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 11,078 0.02 18,940-41.51
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,365,887 4.77 4,436,500-46.67
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 38,496 0.08 3,3611,045.37
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 4,651,738 9.38 5,372,978-13.42
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 370,183 0.75 553,391-33.11
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 11,648,689 23.48 12,261,678-5.00
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 559 0.00 204174.02
29 Organic chemicals 6,598 0.01 14,950-55.87
30 Pharmaceutical products 180,325 0.36 1,002,778-82.02
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 329,617 0.66 107,524206.55
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 5,633 0.01 17,576-67.95
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 124,620 0.25 160,188-22.20
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 7,207 0.01 32,007-77.48
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0 0.00 20,172-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 1,388 0.00 2,308-39.86
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 136,055 0.27 240,362-43.40
39 Plastics and articles thereof 832,885 1.68 555,24650.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,243,773 4.52 2,143,3994.68
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,479 0.00 356315.45
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 578,121 1.17 357,98261.49
45 Cork and articles of cork 2 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 35,736 0.07 86,530-58.70
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 107,223 0.22 110,471-2.94
52 Cotton 1,743,765 3.52 1,673104,129.83
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 41 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 76,522 0.15 5,296,144-98.56
55 Man-made staple fibers 1,475 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 11,881 0.02 32,921-63.91
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 70,341 0.14 15,441355.55
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 138,244 0.28 102,26435.18
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 34,366 0.07 38,262-10.18
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 7,501 0.02 47,289-84.14
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 8,739 0.02 19,343-54.82
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 18,843 0.04 66,976-71.87
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 6,032 0.01 14,839-59.35
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 14,316 0.03 33,121-56.78
65 Headgear and parts thereof 5,481 0.01 11,513-52.39
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 478 0.00 0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 468 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,491,210 5.02 808,514208.12
69 Ceramic products 342,406 0.69 247,09038.58
70 Glass and glassware 81,750 0.16 62,67130.44
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 41,853 0.08 66,334-36.91
72 Iron and steel 1,928,901 3.89 1,280,33950.66
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,118,523 6.29 1,650,50388.94
74 Copper and articles thereof 20,764 0.04 1,7571,081.79
75 Nickel and articles thereof 122 0.00 32281.25
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 89,021 0.18 205,119-56.60
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 19,382 0.04 18,8023.08
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 53,549 0.11 111,695-52.06
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 4,216,643 8.50 738,460471.00
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 2,631,481 5.31 1,649,82859.50
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 1,803 0.00 1,7711.81
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 845,312 1.70 1,577,272-46.41
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2,653,304 5.35 90,6782,826.07
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0 0.00 1,654-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 934 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 1,559,856 3.14 758,224105.72
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 80,384 0.16 129,229-37.80
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 141,000 0.28 378,565-62.75
SS Classified 15,357 0.03 10 23450.06

Russia’s Imports from South Ossetia

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 95.50% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (86.43% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.70% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (5.20% in 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.71% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (5.80% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 0.07% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (2.56% in 2015).

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

  • No product groups with a substantial increase.

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $1,120,756;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $295,308;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $248,601;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $168,286;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $81,437;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $23,960.
Russia’s imports from South Ossetia in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2016
over 2015
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0 0.00 168,286-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0 0.00 11,314-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 4,539 0.07 28,499-84.07
39 Plastics and articles thereof 646 0.01 0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 73 0.00 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 5,892,395 95.50 7,013,151-15.98
72 Iron and steel 165,876 2.69 414,477-59.98
73 Articles of iron or steel 634 0.01 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 7,452-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 46,059 0.75 341,367-86.51
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 11,546 0.19 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 48,077 0.78 129,514-62.88

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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia