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Russian trade in goods with South Africa in Q1 2017

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 Africa in the first quarter of 2017: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with South Africa

In the 1st quarter of 2017, Russia’s trade with South Africa totaled $131,474,231, up 16.62% ($18,737,246) from the 1st quarter of 2016.

Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2017 were $17,315,644, down 45.69% ($14,569,676) from the 1st quarter of 2016.

Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2017 totaled $114,158,587, up 41.20% ($33,306,922) from the 1st quarter of 2016.

Russia’s trade deficit with South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2017 was $96,842,943, a 97.77% increase ($47,876,598) over the 1st quarter of 2016.

South Africa was Russia’s 73rd largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2017 (down from 72nd in the 1st quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.1023% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.1161% in the 1st quarter of 2016).

South Africa was Russia’s 102nd largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2017 (down from 90th in the 1st quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0208% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0520% in the 1st quarter of 2016).

South Africa was Russia’s 49th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2017 (up from 55th in the 1st quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.2525% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.2259% in the 1st quarter of 2016).

Russia’s Exports to South Africa

The major share of Russian exports to South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2017 (and in the 1st quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 38.26% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (25.19% in the 1st quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 21.01% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (4.81% in the 1st quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 16.06% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (14.80% in the 1st quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 15.66% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (10.10% in the 1st quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 8.06% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (4.93% in the 1st quarter of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 0.42% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (38.51% in the 1st quarter of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.30% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (1.56% in the 1st quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2017 over the 1st quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $1,600,766;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $1,160,195;
  • 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 $497,615;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $434,552;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $403,030;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $110,828;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $107,144;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $87,768;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $70,207.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2017 over the 1st quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $11,571,476;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $2,462,394;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $2,004,002;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $912,183;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $778,305;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $564,677;
  • Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof (HS code 56) - a decrease of $464,466;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $186,921;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $124,462;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $75,637.
Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2017
over Q1 2016
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 34,572 0.20 0
10 Cereals 0 0.00 11,571,476-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 5,583 0.03 0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0 0.00 25-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 7,095 0.04 131,557-94.61
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 25,250 0.15 12,65799.49
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 564,677-100.00
26 Ores, slag and ash 0 0.00 912,183-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 2,711,994 15.66 2,308,96417.46
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 542,172 3.13 563,376-3.76
29 Organic chemicals 54,201 0.31 41,12531.80
30 Pharmaceutical products 39 0.00 5,575-99.30
31 Fertilizers 2,808,738 16.22 5,271,132-46.71
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,540 0.01 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,674 0.01 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 820 0.00 20,840-96.07
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 300,103 1.73 189,27558.55
39 Plastics and articles thereof 29,925 0.17 216,846-86.20
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,884,000 16.66 1,723,80567.30
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 257,832 1.49 187,62537.42
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 921,184 5.32 486,63289.30
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,457,164 14.19 856,398186.92
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,345 0.01 1,707-21.21
54 Man-made filaments 37,200 0.21 34,4497.99
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 37 0.00 464,503-99.99
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4,283 0.02 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,462 0.01 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 8,675 0.05 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 6,983 0.04 2,597168.89
69 Ceramic products 147 0.00 0
70 Glass and glassware 464 0.00 943-50.80
72 Iron and steel 1,683,035 9.72 1,575,8916.80
73 Articles of iron or steel 40,017 0.23 11,170258.25
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,313 0.01 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 949,235 5.48 2,953,237-67.86
78 Lead and articles thereof 0 0.00 30-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 104,127 0.60 179,764-42.08
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 2,484 0.01 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 150,214 0.87 132,58513.30
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 873,356 5.04 375,741132.44
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 87,768 0.51 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 284,449 1.64 1,062,754-73.23
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 3,258 0.02 4,587-28.97
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 550 0.00 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 185 0.00 54242.59
SS Classified 29,171 0.17 21 14037.99

Russia’s Imports from South Africa

The major share of Russian imports from South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2017 (and in the 1st quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 31.28% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (30.39% in the 1st quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 20.69% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (32.54% in the 1st quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 20.54% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (11.18% in the 1st quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 16.74% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (16.55% in the 1st quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 10.40% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (8.68% in the 1st quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2017 over the 1st quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $13,856,496;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $7,933,605;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $5,002,812;
  • 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 $3,241,740;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $2,680,482;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $1,056,580;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $921,213;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $801,844;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $662,327;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $653,839;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $600,443.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2017 over the 1st quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $1,595,664;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $1,040,130;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $606,553;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $404,760;
  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - a decrease of $370,079.
Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2017
over Q1 2016
01 Live animals 12,841 0.01 0
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 109,200-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 197,505 0.17 194,5271.53
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 18,672 0.02 11,27065.68
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 25,797,497 22.60 17,863,89244.41
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 265 0.00 25,892-98.98
10 Cereals 36,023 0.03 440,783-91.83
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,014 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 248,179 0.22 142,32374.38
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 36,990 0.03 7,698380.51
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0 0.00 1,757-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,352 0.00 1,528-11.52
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 511 0.00 42819.39
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 2,977,054 2.61 1,920,47455.02
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 8,184 0.01 20,346-59.78
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 6,342,810 5.56 3,662,32873.19
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 32,641 0.03 20,78757.03
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 146,623-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 348,175 0.30 1,943,839-82.09
26 Ores, slag and ash 23,213,176 20.33 24,253,306-4.29
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 57,699 0.05 109,886-47.49
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 8,319,190 7.29 5,077,45063.85
29 Organic chemicals 1,214,159 1.06 551,832120.02
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 107,601 0.09 77,92438.08
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 7,052 0.01 68,243-89.67
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 26,478 0.02 28,206-6.13
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 47,165 0.04 6,238656.09
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 718,779 0.63 118,336507.41
39 Plastics and articles thereof 127,064 0.11 439,293-71.08
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,308,185 1.15 654,34699.92
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0 0.00 5,122-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 13,307 0.01 9,04947.05
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 9,177 0.01 6,74636.04
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 307 0.00 22,985-98.66
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,626 0.00 1312,407.69
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 115 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 69,102-100.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 238,415 0.21 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 134 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 7,745 0.01 18,400-57.91
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 14,788 0.01 1,2171,115.12
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,755 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 118-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 89 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,619 0.00 23,228-93.03
69 Ceramic products 660 0.00 26,393-97.50
70 Glass and glassware 25,957 0.02 16,65655.84
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 31,300 0.03 8,668261.10
72 Iron and steel 15,792,457 13.83 10,789,64546.37
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,882,983 1.65 961,77095.78
74 Copper and articles thereof 535 0.00 202164.85
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 781,100 0.68 901,782-13.38
79 Zinc and articles thereof 204,720 0.18 84,773141.49
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 370,079-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 440,849 0.39 266,49965.42
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 3,212 0.00 3,0027.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,838,789 3.36 3,036,94526.40
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 1,121,029 0.98 837,60433.84
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 254,470 0.22 187,35635.82
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 18,185,220 15.93 4,328,724320.11
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 43,279 0.04 649,832-93.34
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 50,586 0.04 5,931752.91
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 69 0.00 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 5,034 0.00 11,699-56.97
SS Classified 0 0.00 309 370-100.00

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