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Russian trade in goods with Afghanistan in Q3 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 Afghanistan in the third quarter of 2017: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Afghanistan

In the 3rd quarter of 2017, Russia’s trade with Afghanistan was $34,980,035, down 23.91% ($10,994,087) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2017 were $34,413,574, down 23.00% ($10,278,973) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2017 were $566,461, down 55.80% ($715,114) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2017 was $33,847,113, a 22.03% decrease ($9,563,859) over the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Afghanistan was Russia’s 94th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (down from 87th in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0239% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0377% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 81st largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (down from 74th in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0403% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0621% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 136th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (down from 118th in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0009% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0026% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

Russia’s Exports to Afghanistan

The major share of Russian exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 45.65% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (52.54% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 22.85% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (15.02% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 20.05% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (16.69% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.56% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (2.38% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.69% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (0.81% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.07% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (11.88% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2017 over the 3rd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $724,790;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $633,523;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $518,640;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $370,078;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $349,335;
  • 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 $116,292.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2017 over the 3rd 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) - a decrease of $7,773,231;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $4,202,095;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $561,190;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $283,576.
Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2017
over Q3 2016
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 563,325 1.64 44,6851,160.66
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 7,270,134 21.13 6,636,6119.55
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 6,999 0.02 30,737-77.23
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 14,752 0.04 0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 9,717 0.03 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 15,709,740 45.65 23,482,971-33.10
29 Organic chemicals 370,078 1.08 0
30 Pharmaceutical products 402,755 1.17 53,420653.94
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 333,402 0.97 285,66716.71
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 192,500 0.56 174,87010.08
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 0 0.00 283,576-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 11,467 0.03 0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 260,188 0.76 267,620-2.78
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 6,898,284 20.05 7,459,474-7.52
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,767 0.01 400591.75
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 10 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 22,294 0.06 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 75,631-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,389 0.01 0
72 Iron and steel 1,014,032 2.95 5,216,127-80.56
73 Articles of iron or steel 40,980 0.12 95,110-56.91
74 Copper and articles thereof 63 0.00 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 794,974 2.31 70,1841,032.70
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 153,307 0.45 37,015314.18
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 307,479 0.89 256,67719.79
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 13,403 0.04 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 335 0.00 0
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 18,200 0.05 0
SS Classified 0 0.00 221 772-100.00

Russia’s Imports from Afghanistan

The major share of Russian imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 77.46% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (99.74% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 15.74% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (0.03% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2017 over the 3rd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $78,101;
  • 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 $10,751.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2017 over the 3rd 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 $803,191;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $36,256;
  • Carpets and other textile floor coverings (HS code 57) - a decrease of $2,156.
Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2017
over Q3 2016
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 333,921 58.95 1,137,112-70.63
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 104,876 18.51 141,132-25.69
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0 0.00 32-100.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 7 0.00 0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 2,156-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0 0.00 672-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,486 0.26 1261,079.37
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 78,403 13.84 30225,861.26
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 10,751 1.90 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 9 0.00 43-79.07
SS Classified 37,008 6.53 0

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