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Russian trade in goods with Syria 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 Syria in the first quarter of 2017: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Syria

In the 1st quarter of 2017, Russia’s trade with Syria totaled $165,784,473, up 113.73% ($88,218,614) from the 1st quarter of 2016.

Russia’s exports to Syria in the 1st quarter of 2017 totaled $164,841,496, up 121.45% ($90,405,772) from the 1st quarter of 2016.

Russia’s imports from Syria in the 1st quarter of 2017 were $942,977, down 69.87% ($2,187,158) from the 1st quarter of 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with Syria in the 1st quarter of 2017 was $163,898,519, a 129.85% increase ($92,592,930) over the 1st quarter of 2016.

Syria was Russia’s 67th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2017 (up from 80th in the 1st quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.1290% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0799% in the 1st quarter of 2016).

Syria was Russia’s 56th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2017 (up from 69th in the 1st quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.1978% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.1215% in the 1st quarter of 2016).

Syria was Russia’s 128th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2017 (down from 105th in the 1st quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0021% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0087% in the 1st quarter of 2016).

Russia’s Exports to Syria

The major share of Russian exports to Syria 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) - 78.42% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (21.96% in the 1st quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 8.61% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (1.94% in the 1st quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.48% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (3.58% in the 1st quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.21% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (1.39% in the 1st quarter of 2016).

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

  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $100,111,479;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $14,233,734;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $11,083,842;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $988,185;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $890,057;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $771,392;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $760,620;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $510,995.

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

  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - a decrease of $2,154,182;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $1,393,897.
Russia’s exports to Syria in the 1st quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2017
over Q1 2016
10 Cereals 21,090,727 12.79 6,856,993207.58
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,058,452 0.64 2,452,349-56.84
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 682 0.00 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 23,367-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 107,126,644 64.99 7,015,1651,427.07
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 803,889 0.49 292,894174.46
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 896,503 0.54 498,89479.70
30 Pharmaceutical products 760,620 0.46 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 176,675 0.11 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 11,486 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 1,514 0.00 0
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0 0.00 2,154,182-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 29 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 11,791 0.01 12,818-8.01
39 Plastics and articles thereof 221,282 0.13 0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 353,958 0.21 0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 838 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,078,117 1.26 1,188,06074.92
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,030,972 0.63 259,580297.17
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 11,083,842 6.72 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 874 0.00 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2,106 0.00 326546.01
65 Headgear and parts thereof 53 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,020 0.00 0
70 Glass and glassware 1,706 0.00 0
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 6 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 0 0.00 32,013-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 55,204 0.03 111,960-50.69
74 Copper and articles thereof 0 0.00 13,179-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 129,382-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,159 0.00 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 3,953 0.00 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,002,521 0.61 14,3366,893.03
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 805,361 0.49 784,4732.66
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 522 0.00 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 163,696 0.10 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 16,078 0.01 239,392-93.28
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 4,511 0.00 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 406 0.00 0
SS Classified 16,074,295 9.75 52 356 361-69.30

Russia’s Imports from Syria

The major share of Russian imports from Syria 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) - 98.00% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (98.74% in the 1st quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Syria in the 1st quarter of 2017 over the 1st quarter of 2016 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 $32,751;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $31,551;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $25,921;
  • 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 $6,646;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $4,131;
  • 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 $3,716;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $3,270.

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

  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $2,240,944;
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles (HS code 96) - a decrease of $34,452;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $13,549;
  • 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) - a decrease of $2,874.
Russia’s imports from Syria in the 1st quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2017
over Q1 2016
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 181,132 19.21 149,58121.09
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 665,424 70.57 2,906,368-77.10
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 18,690 1.98 32,239-42.03
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 32,751 3.47 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0 0.00 115-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0 0.00 2,130-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 26,116 2.77 19513,292.82
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 0 0.00 2,874-100.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 59 0.01 3378.79
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 3,270 0.35 0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0 0.00 776-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 522-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 234-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 4,205 0.45 745,582.43
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 3,716 0.39 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 426 0.05 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 7,188 0.76 5421,226.20
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 34,452-100.00

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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia