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Russian trade in goods with Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia in the second quarter of 2017: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In the 2nd quarter of 2017, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia totaled $207,971,869, up 58.24% ($76,545,864) from the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2017 totaled $166,858,183, up 77.74% ($72,979,135) from the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2017 totaled $41,113,686, up 9.50% ($3,566,729) from the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2017 was $125,744,497, a 123.22% increase ($69,412,406) over the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 67th largest trading partner in the 2nd quarter of 2017 (up from 72nd in the 2nd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.1488% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.1208% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 56th largest export market in the 2nd quarter of 2017 (up from 64th in the 2nd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.1987% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.1413% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 72nd largest supplier in the 2nd quarter of 2017 (just as in the 2nd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0737% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0886% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian exports to Saudi Arabia 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) - 52.17% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (1.03% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 28.52% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (61.93% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 9.48% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (14.24% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.85% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (14.38% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.92% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (6.93% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.16% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (0.93% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia 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 $86,079,267;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $2,314,884;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $2,293,884;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $1,492,596;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $1,078,009;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $1,061,111;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $504,201.

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

  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $8,177,521;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $7,100,687;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $6,247,375;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $686,773;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $666,839;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $659,035.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q2 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q2 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2017
over Q2 2016
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 505,647 0.30 1,44634,868.67
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 199,442 0.12 148,82134.01
10 Cereals 28,249,815 16.93 35,350,502-20.09
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0 0.00 1,309-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 16,128,500 9.67 22,375,875-27.92
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 35,212 0.02 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 2,450,202 1.47 156,3181,467.45
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0 0.00 86,763-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 21,979 0.01 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0 0.00 20,502-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 87,048,160 52.17 968,8938,884.29
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 13,732 0.01 17,909-23.32
29 Organic chemicals 430,948 0.26 103,808315.14
30 Pharmaceutical products 289,619 0.17 2,59711,052.06
31 Fertilizers 190,623 0.11 291,826-34.68
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 10,054 0.01 1,965411.65
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 94,311 0.06 24638,237.80
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 67,714-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 12,228,271 7.33 10,735,67513.90
39 Plastics and articles thereof 9,846 0.01 676,685-98.54
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,548,724 1.53 1,470,71573.30
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 271-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 3,238,342 1.94 3,897,377-16.91
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 302,985 0.18 580,447-47.80
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,337,056 0.80 2,023,829-33.93
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 550 0.00 1,072-48.69
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 93,277 0.06 81,50814.44
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 6 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 202,777 0.12 134,80950.42
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 651 0.00 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 30,130 0.02 40,385-25.39
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 627-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 5,723 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 1,833-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 391 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 6,363,077 3.81 5,301,96620.01
73 Articles of iron or steel 11,576 0.01 8,189,097-99.86
74 Copper and articles thereof 368 0.00 930-60.43
75 Nickel and articles thereof 126 0.00 1,238-89.82
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 154-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 46-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 41,987 0.03 2,4141,639.31
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 11,656 0.01 6,60376.53
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 601,896 0.36 168,049258.17
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 437,492 0.26 496,440-11.87
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,314,884 1.39 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 258,081 0.15 211,92421.78
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 78,063 0.05 145,806-46.46
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 58,788 0.04 112,654-47.82
SS Classified 1,013,216 0.61 0

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 93.63% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (96.62% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.84% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (2.33% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.53% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.02% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

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

  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $4,441,124;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $2,289,771;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - an increase of $378,597;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - an increase of $293,761;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - an increase of $242,738;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $182,654;
  • 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 $173,828;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $131,460.

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $3,688,433;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $1,005,275.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q2 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q2 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2017
over Q2 2016
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 259,683 0.63 77,029237.12
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 2,330 0.01 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 4,666-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 4,126 0.01 2661,451.13
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 10,369 0.03 1,438621.07
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 11,866 0.03 1,637624.86
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 8,156 0.02 2613,024.90
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 62,880 0.15 34,11484.32
29 Organic chemicals 9,600,833 23.35 5,159,70986.07
30 Pharmaceutical products 2,289,771 5.57 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 495,665 1.21 1,500,940-66.98
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 20,892 0.05 21,720-3.81
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 458,111 1.11 326,65140.24
39 Plastics and articles thereof 25,580,434 62.22 29,268,867-12.60
40 Rubber and articles thereof 51,039 0.12 51,020,680.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 68,567 0.17 96,507-28.95
54 Man-made filaments 1,167,877 2.84 874,11633.61
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 54,378 0.13 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 7,000 0.02 7,437-5.88
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 242,738 0.59 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 378,597 0.92 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 159,767 0.39 171,459-6.82
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 756 0.00 135460.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4,023 0.01 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 173,828 0.42 0

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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia