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

Russia’s Trade with Switzerland

In 2016, Russia’s trade with Switzerland totaled $5,052,539,530, up 9.38% ($433,382,475) from 2015.

Russia’s exports to Switzerland in 2016 totaled $3,109,693,828, up 17.56% ($464,486,844) from 2015.

Russia’s imports from Switzerland in 2016 were $1,942,845,702, down 1.58% ($31,104,369) from 2015.

Russia’s trade surplus with Switzerland in 2016 was $1,166,848,126, a 73.83% increase ($495,591,213) over 2015.

Switzerland was Russia’s 20th largest trading partner in 2016 (up from 24th in 2015), accounting for 1.0802% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.8777% in 2015).

Switzerland was Russia’s 21st largest export market in 2016 (up from 25th in 2015), accounting for 1.0892% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.7699% in 2015).

Switzerland was Russia’s 23rd largest supplier in 2016 (just as in 2015), accounting for 1.0660% of Russia’s total imports (down from 1.0806% in 2015).

Russia’s Exports to Switzerland

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

  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 40.81% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (14.35% in 2015);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 27.59% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (50.08% in 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 26.07% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (17.91% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.91% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (13.39% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.13% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (0.73% in 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.05% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (2.21% in 2015).

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

  • Nickel and articles thereof (HS code 75) - an increase of $563,590,335;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $337,962,568;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $147,948,095;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $145,884,838;
  • Lead and articles thereof (HS code 78) - an increase of $32,413,718;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $11,151,747.

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

  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin (HS code 71) - a decrease of $466,671,490;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $156,528,016;
  • 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 $100,340,607;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $24,303,724.
Russia’s exports to Switzerland in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2016
over 2015
01 Live animals 2,194 0.00 3,653-39.94
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,733,835 0.09 2,699,7501.26
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 122,607 0.00 27,311348.93
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 16,955 0.00 15510,838.71
10 Cereals 20,193,550 0.65 9,041,803123.34
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 285,030 0.01 288,712-1.28
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 1,060-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 3,744 0.00 441748.98
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 306,030 0.01 0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 101 0.00 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 6,266 0.00 578984.08
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,227,464 0.07 831,046168.03
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 5,639 0.00 12,231-53.90
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 9,135,802 0.29 6,421,16742.28
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,789 0.00 20,663-91.34
26 Ores, slag and ash 1,715,257 0.06 2,529,538-32.19
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 809,061,669 26.02 471,099,10171.74
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 10,426,094 0.34 110,766,701-90.59
29 Organic chemicals 2,911,237 0.09 1,669,60374.37
30 Pharmaceutical products 20,809 0.00 12,82062.32
31 Fertilizers 64,135,363 2.06 220,663,379-70.94
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 252,465 0.01 28,062799.67
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 790,152 0.03 1,257,181-37.15
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 13,329 0.00 44,456-70.02
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 449 0.00 0
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 86,548 0.00 98,164-11.83
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 122,068 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 287,606 0.01 9,232,160-96.88
39 Plastics and articles thereof 4,693,022 0.15 1,700,221176.02
40 Rubber and articles thereof 6,906,801 0.22 8,671,399-20.35
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 593,756 0.02 22,8262,501.23
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 1,651,139 0.05 4,386,614-62.36
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 3,126,456 0.10 2,898,2217.88
45 Cork and articles of cork 5 0.00 0
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 170 0.00 0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 381,174 0.01 229,09866.38
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 486,592 0.02 128,390279.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 383,003 0.01 595,090-35.64
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 1,155,167-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 945,873 0.03 655,56844.28
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 20-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 628,804 0.02 7,2978,517.29
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,696,023 0.05 60,6392,696.92
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 67,475 0.00 7319,130.51
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 481,612 0.02 103,892363.57
65 Headgear and parts thereof 69,034 0.00 9,023665.09
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 452 0.00 4402.73
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 21,177 0.00 49,190-56.95
69 Ceramic products 22,445 0.00 5,911279.72
70 Glass and glassware 44,374 0.00 77,245-42.55
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 857,945,427 27.59 1,324,616,917-35.23
72 Iron and steel 479,174 0.02 739,308-35.19
73 Articles of iron or steel 376,442 0.01 576,610-34.71
74 Copper and articles thereof 224,255,113 7.21 76,307,018193.89
75 Nickel and articles thereof 768,799,517 24.72 205,209,182274.64
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 213,989,986 6.88 68,105,148214.21
78 Lead and articles thereof 60,557,164 1.95 28,143,446115.17
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 392,230 0.01 447,642-12.38
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 134,030 0.00 35,742274.99
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 7,110 0.00 3,81386.47
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 23,269,512 0.75 47,573,236-51.09
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 3,622,545 0.12 6,840,234-47.04
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 40,614-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,833,376 0.06 328,163458.68
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 4,015,108 0.13 3,722,5977.86
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 2,475,883 0.08 2,859,890-13.43
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 2,582 0.00 464,450.00
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 69,935 0.00 22,072216.85
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 332,521 0.01 195,93669.71
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 18,128 0.00 32,562-44.33
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 6,351 0.00 9,116-30.33
SS Classified 48,255 0.00 21 891 017-99.78

Russia’s Imports from Switzerland

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 41.16% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (38.50% in 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 31.67% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (33.99% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 10.26% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (10.59% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.45% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (2.83% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.43% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (1.61% in 2015).

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

  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - an increase of $16,771,628;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $15,903,678;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $15,611,282;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $8,629,731;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $8,061,024;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $7,826,197.

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

  • Clocks and watches and parts thereof (HS code 91) - a decrease of $42,253,752;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $38,632,436;
  • 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 $24,347,023;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - a decrease of $17,341,190;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $8,636,684;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $6,869,629;
  • Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use (HS code 59) - a decrease of $6,013,705.
Russia’s imports from Switzerland in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2016
over 2015
01 Live animals 1,832 0.00 0
02 Meat and edible meat offal 409,269 0.02 4,723,865-91.34
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 24,428,110 1.26 16,601,91347.14
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 13 0.00 25-48.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 205,437 0.01 142,48244.18
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 262,257 0.01 554,989-52.75
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 22,133,751 1.14 25,061,106-11.68
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,482 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 535 0.00 0
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 1,633,306 0.08 1,825,835-10.54
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 11,599-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 65,650 0.00 34,53890.08
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 220,920 0.01 68,076224.52
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 881,097 0.05 948,193-7.08
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 9,456,616 0.49 12,369,837-23.55
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 68,810,992 3.54 75,680,621-9.08
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,447,249 0.07 1,393,0743.89
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 34,372,164 1.77 32,642,7115.30
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 13,954,800 0.72 14,068,070-0.81
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 198,241 0.01 62,261218.40
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 20,840,556 1.07 22,812,132-8.64
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 65,883 0.00 886,369-92.57
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 516,128 0.03 532,787-3.13
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3,293,792 0.17 3,284,6390.28
29 Organic chemicals 39,854,759 2.05 24,243,47764.39
30 Pharmaceutical products 483,255,051 24.87 475,194,0271.70
31 Fertilizers 14,698 0.00 19,322-23.93
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 40,130,735 2.07 36,148,76711.02
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 87,565,576 4.51 85,743,9992.12
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 14,778,667 0.76 12,345,68019.71
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 10,844,673 0.56 5,144,926110.78
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 782 0.00 38,008-97.94
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 673,085 0.03 850,797-20.89
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 63,864,934 3.29 62,159,2642.74
39 Plastics and articles thereof 52,299,118 2.69 51,342,9061.86
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,021,768 0.16 3,376,524-10.51
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 53,244 0.00 0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 338,154 0.02 371,750-9.04
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 31,413 0.00 1,2972,321.97
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4,107,687 0.21 3,093,18432.80
45 Cork and articles of cork 525,911 0.03 569,441-7.64
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 449 0.00 291,448.28
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 9,305,051 0.48 9,523,028-2.29
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,181,993 0.22 4,607,827-9.24
50 Silk 13,493 0.00 18,676-27.75
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 372 0.00 38,307-99.03
52 Cotton 35,621 0.00 40,261-11.52
54 Man-made filaments 601,961 0.03 17,943,151-96.65
55 Man-made staple fibers 281,116 0.01 346,765-18.93
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 808,262 0.04 662,10922.07
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 201,001 0.01 184,8868.72
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 105,202 0.01 62,40368.58
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,520,441 0.08 7,534,146-79.82
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 17,436 0.00 38,221-54.38
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,713,730 0.09 1,487,99015.17
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,021,219 0.10 2,053,889-1.59
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 477,512 0.02 593,752-19.58
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 491,068 0.03 535,186-8.24
65 Headgear and parts thereof 56,906 0.00 150,857-62.28
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 2,322 0.00 5,266-55.91
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 84 0.00 393-78.63
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 6,849,544 0.35 5,972,99014.68
69 Ceramic products 626,959 0.03 1,465,733-57.23
70 Glass and glassware 1,319,106 0.07 1,854,133-28.86
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 13,670,995 0.70 14,920,171-8.37
72 Iron and steel 1,866,096 0.10 3,102,946-39.86
73 Articles of iron or steel 30,277,187 1.56 21,647,45639.86
74 Copper and articles thereof 3,080,547 0.16 2,273,77735.48
75 Nickel and articles thereof 178,946 0.01 170,3375.05
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,672,078 0.14 2,118,61626.12
78 Lead and articles thereof 348 0.00 1,076-67.66
79 Zinc and articles thereof 191,932 0.01 13,9901,271.92
80 Tin and articles thereof 7,414 0.00 13,054-43.21
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 17,942,234 0.92 1,170,6061,432.73
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 29,142,967 1.50 24,463,01119.13
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,088,609 0.06 902,32920.64
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 301,468,686 15.52 340,101,122-11.36
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 118,431,178 6.10 142,778,201-17.05
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 76,550 0.00 74,8112.32
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 3,858,155 0.20 12,494,839-69.12
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 191,427,577 9.85 175,523,8999.06
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 155,423,537 8.00 197,677,289-21.38
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 47,054 0.00 21,028123.77
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 3,086,024 0.16 2,389,99829.12
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 301,705 0.02 637,395-52.67
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,873,125 0.10 1,551,50520.73
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 61,246 0.00 59,7102.57
SS Classified 31,480,329 1.62 374 4168,307.85

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