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

Russia’s Trade with Syria

In the 4th quarter of 2016, Russia’s trade with Syria was $34,403,537, down 52.96% ($38,731,773) from the 4th quarter of 2015.

Russia’s exports to Syria in the 4th quarter of 2016 were $33,642,629, down 53.27% ($38,347,195) from the 4th quarter of 2015.

Russia’s imports from Syria in the 4th quarter of 2016 were $760,908, down 33.57% ($384,578) from the 4th quarter of 2015.

Russia’s trade surplus with Syria in the 4th quarter of 2016 was $32,881,721, a 53.59% decrease ($37,962,617) over the 4th quarter of 2015.

Syria was Russia’s 110th largest trading partner in the 4th quarter of 2016 (down from 85th in the 4th quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.0252% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0559% in the 4th quarter of 2015).

Syria was Russia’s 94th largest export market in the 4th quarter of 2016 (down from 72nd in the 4th quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.0401% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0873% in the 4th quarter of 2015).

Syria was Russia’s 130th largest supplier in the 4th quarter of 2016 (down from 125th in the 4th quarter of 2015), accounting for 0.0015% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0024% in the 4th quarter of 2015).

Russia’s Exports to Syria

The major share of Russian exports to Syria 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) - 36.58% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (8.00% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 19.69% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (4.85% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.91% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (0.41% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.56% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (14.08% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 2.22% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (1.62% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.38% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (2.15% in the 4th quarter of 2015).

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $6,108,773;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $4,386,046;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1,095,907;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $619,085;
  • 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 (HS code 34) - an increase of $249,410;
  • 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 $113,330.

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

  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - a decrease of $8,785,622;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $1,508,425;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $949,269;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $701,788;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $417,148;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $303,990.
Russia’s exports to Syria in the 4th quarter of 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q4 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q4 2015,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q4 2016
over Q4 2015
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 989-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0 0.00 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 2-100.00
10 Cereals 10,528,581 31.30 4,419,808138.21
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 28,800 0.09 106,047-72.84
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 4-100.00
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 689-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0 0.00 20-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0 0.00 2-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0 0.00 280-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0 0.00 5,257-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0 0.00 40,834-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 58,033-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,748,769 5.20 1,129,68454.80
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 3-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 747,223 2.22 1,164,371-35.83
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 437,498 1.30 324,16834.96
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 701,788-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 30,128 0.09 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 251,993 0.75 2,5839,655.83
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0 0.00 8,785,622-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 43,769 0.13 10,200329.11
39 Plastics and articles thereof 52,770 0.16 8165,048.15
40 Rubber and articles thereof 382,197 1.14 309,52023.48
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,116,534 6.29 3,065,803-30.96
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 122,619 0.36 426,609-71.26
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,386,046 13.04 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 42,300 0.13 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 379-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 2,976-100.00
72 Iron and steel 222 0.00 1,508,647-99.99
73 Articles of iron or steel 128,609 0.38 35,926257.98
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,205,832 3.58 109,925996.96
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 51,833 0.15 143,477-63.87
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 0.00 154-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 17,653 0.05 1,978792.47
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 41,494 0.12 38,6007.50
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 0 0.00 4,982-100.00
SS Classified 11,277,759 33.52 49 590 383-77.26

Russia’s Imports from Syria

The major share of Russian imports from Syria 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) - 89.80% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (88.81% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.88% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (0.23% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.38% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (0.00% in the 4th quarter of 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.02% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (6.07% in the 4th quarter of 2015).

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

  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $57,114;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $25,768;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $17,550;
  • Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery (HS code 58) - an increase of $15,325;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $10,032;
  • 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 (HS code 34) - an increase of $8,769;
  • 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 $6,910.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Syria 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 $333,349;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $67,794;
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles (HS code 96) - a decrease of $47,245;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - a decrease of $37,680;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $31,215;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $7,649.
Russia’s imports from Syria in the 4th quarter of 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q4 2016,
US dollars ($)
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 594,790 78.17 928,139-35.92
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 21,363 2.81 89,157-76.04
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 57,114 7.51 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 10,032 1.32 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 25,768 3.39 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 11,353 1.49 2,584339.36
40 Rubber and articles thereof 11 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 17,550 2.31 0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 555 0.07 0
52 Cotton 0 0.00 148-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 37,680-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 15,325 2.01 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 26 0.00 35-25.71
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 399-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 31,215-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 901-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0 0.00 223-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 111 0.01 7,760-98.57
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 6,910 0.91 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 47,245-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia