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Russian trade in goods with North Korea in Q2 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 North Korea in the second quarter of 2017: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with North Korea

In the 2nd quarter of 2017, Russia’s trade with North Korea totaled $29,333,784, up 61.34% ($11,152,990) from the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 2nd quarter of 2017 totaled $27,902,255, up 67.10% ($11,204,135) from the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 2nd quarter of 2017 were $1,431,529, down 3.45% ($51,145) from the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with North Korea in the 2nd quarter of 2017 was $26,470,726, a 73.97% increase ($11,255,280) over the 2nd quarter of 2016.

North Korea was Russia’s 112th largest trading partner in the 2nd quarter of 2017 (up from 113th in the 2nd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0210% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0167% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

North Korea was Russia’s 96th largest export market in the 2nd quarter of 2017 (up from 97th in the 2nd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0332% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0251% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

North Korea was Russia’s 122nd largest supplier in the 2nd quarter of 2017 (up from 123rd in the 2nd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0026% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0035% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

Russia’s Exports to North Korea

The major share of Russian exports to North Korea in the 2nd quarter of 2017 (and in the 2nd quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 81.13% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (72.46% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 12.85% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (18.38% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.43% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (1.08% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.91% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (7.11% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 2nd quarter of 2017 over the 2nd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $10,425,595;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $1,347,414;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $929,563;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $354,436;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $193,148;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $111,409;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $94,050.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 2nd quarter of 2017 over the 2nd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $1,322,715;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $683,858;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $274,726;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $160,608.
Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 2nd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q2 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q2 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2017
over Q2 2016
01 Live animals 0 0.00 11,412-100.00
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 1,347,414 4.83 0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 10,920 0.04 7,43146.95
10 Cereals 38,406 0.14 0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,686,667 6.04 3,009,382-43.95
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 10,500 0.04 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 354,436 1.27 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 56,230 0.20 12,800339.30
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0 0.00 9,760-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 13,048 0.05 3,240302.72
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 68,089 0.24 15,110350.62
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 125,078 0.45 13,669815.05
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 22,511,020 80.68 12,085,42586.27
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 7 0.00 85-91.76
29 Organic chemicals 14,318 0.05 0
30 Pharmaceutical products 76,052 0.27 44,88969.42
31 Fertilizers 94,050 0.34 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,322 0.00 393,289.74
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 15,681 0.06 6125,606.56
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 22-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 8,757 0.03 1,897361.62
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,211 0.00 24,609-95.08
40 Rubber and articles thereof 35,509 0.13 30,14817.78
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 41-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 199,795 0.72 6,6472,905.79
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 0 0.00 46,600-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 177 0.00 2,763-93.59
52 Cotton 540 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 3,174 0.01 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 5,728 0.02 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 728-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 240-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 453 0.00 1,487-69.54
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,506 0.01 0
70 Glass and glassware 3,195 0.01 0
72 Iron and steel 929,919 3.33 356261,113.20
73 Articles of iron or steel 13,534 0.05 174,142-92.23
74 Copper and articles thereof 13,132 0.05 7816,735.90
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0 0.00 335-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 233-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 970 0.00 4,741-79.54
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 89 0.00 95-6.32
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 138,198 0.50 822,056-83.19
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 51,964 0.19 15,937226.06
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 7,081 0.03 19,753-64.15
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 50,868 0.18 325,594-84.38
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 6,478 0.02 3,87367.26
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 3,886 0.01 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,853 0.01 2,442-24.12

Russia’s Imports from North Korea

The major share of Russian imports from North Korea in the 2nd quarter of 2017 (and in the 2nd quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 28.74% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (22.28% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 28.15% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (2.65% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 25.52% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (0.42% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 6.76% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (58.52% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 2nd quarter of 2017 over the 2nd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $199,238;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $188,198;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $167,953;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $136,321;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $78,746;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $46,683;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $39,578;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $6,275.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 2nd quarter of 2017 over the 2nd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 $738,309;
  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 92) - a decrease of $84,564;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $41,279;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - a decrease of $36,138;
  • 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 $18,520.
Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 2nd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q2 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q2 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2017
over Q2 2016
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 0 0.00 18,520-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 46,683 3.26 0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 62 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 199,238 13.92 0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 156,778 10.95 20,457666.38
40 Rubber and articles thereof 148 0.01 299-50.50
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 183 0.01 0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0 0.00 140-100.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 36,138-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 237 0.02 82,862.50
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 9-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 7 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 39,578 2.76 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 371,554 25.96 292,80826.89
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 17 0.00 1,322-98.71
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 624 0.04 251148.61
69 Ceramic products 310 0.02 0
70 Glass and glassware 0 0.00 8-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0 0.00 873-100.00
72 Iron and steel 167,953 11.73 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 193,564 13.52 5,3663,507.23
74 Copper and articles thereof 70 0.00 0
75 Nickel and articles thereof 3,676 0.26 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 841-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0 0.00 23-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0 0.00 39-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 8,818 0.62 2,543246.76
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 29,124 2.03 767,433-96.21
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 55,305 3.86 96,584-42.74
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,570 0.25 1,145211.79
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 152,899 10.68 237,463-35.61
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 301 0.02 114164.04
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 830 0.06 290186.21

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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia