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

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In the 3rd quarter of 2017, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia totaled $334,275,980, up 92.31% ($160,453,264) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 totaled $303,972,149, up 124.77% ($168,738,039) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 were $30,303,831, down 21.47% ($8,284,775) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 was $273,668,318, a 183.17% increase ($177,022,814) over the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 67th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (up from 72nd in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.2287% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.1426% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 56th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (up from 64th in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.3561% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.1880% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 72nd largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (just as in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0498% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0772% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian exports to Saudi Arabia 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) - 48.09% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (82.84% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 45.14% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (1.19% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.19% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (9.23% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.39% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (3.73% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.99% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (2.28% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia 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) - an increase of $135,610,404;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $17,842,670;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $9,610,000;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $6,024,402;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $1,672,249.

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

  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $4,439,771.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2017
over Q3 2016
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 3,457 0.00 3,520-1.79
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,029,251 0.34 340,658202.14
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 24,610-100.00
10 Cereals 118,320,036 38.92 100,477,36617.76
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0 0.00 12,500-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 19,897,500 6.55 10,287,50093.41
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 32,366 0.01 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 6,910,298 2.27 885,896680.03
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 408-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 137,217,109 45.14 1,606,7058,440.28
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 15,677 0.01 67,318-76.71
29 Organic chemicals 69,072 0.02 103,808-33.46
30 Pharmaceutical products 284,200 0.09 134,222111.74
31 Fertilizers 151,241 0.05 201,440-24.92
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0 0.00 113,726-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 120,214 0.04 1,1999,926.19
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 6,274,982 2.06 10,714,753-41.44
39 Plastics and articles thereof 25,224 0.01 60,946-58.61
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,760,167 0.91 1,087,918153.71
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,350,909 0.77 3,260,773-27.90
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 359,461 0.12 451,057-20.31
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,528,329 0.50 1,338,32314.20
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,680 0.00 210700.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 283,924 0.09 92,148208.12
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 285,892 0.09 140,377103.66
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 922 0.00 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 761 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 631 0.00 0
69 Ceramic products 1 0.00 0
70 Glass and glassware 0 0.00 175-100.00
72 Iron and steel 2,763,759 0.91 2,814,413-1.80
73 Articles of iron or steel 180,884 0.06 202,758-10.79
74 Copper and articles thereof 14 0.00 4,226-99.67
75 Nickel and articles thereof 10,034 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 1,169-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 49,958 0.02 43,42715.04
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0 0.00 13,230-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,140,112 0.38 355,897220.35
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 90,274 0.03 192,770-53.17
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 3,074 0.00 1,084183.58
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 714,513 0.24 99,080621.15
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 41,522 0.01 2,1931,793.39
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 20,913-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 238 0.00 53,919-99.56
SS Classified 1,054,463 0.35 21 4754,810.19

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 94.30% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (97.19% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.97% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (2.42% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.37% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.00% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

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

  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $7,581,770;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $243,152;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - an increase of $228,312;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $223,162;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - an increase of $186,078;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $168,125;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $99,127.

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $15,720,263;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $1,235,781.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
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 106 0.00 13,573-99.22
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 52 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0 0.00 18,754-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 27,303 0.09 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 11 0.00 49-77.55
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 11,853 0.04 28,123-57.85
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 168,125 0.55 0
29 Organic chemicals 14,802,517 48.85 7,220,747105.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 972,922 3.21 749,76029.76
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 20,736-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 48,727 0.16 1,284,508-96.21
39 Plastics and articles thereof 12,507,729 41.27 28,227,992-55.69
40 Rubber and articles thereof 243,154 0.80 212,157,600.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 750 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 12 0.00 15,106-99.92
54 Man-made filaments 899,785 2.97 932,664-3.53
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 125,154 0.41 26,027380.86
70 Glass and glassware 11,270 0.04 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 0 0.00 4-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 70-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 228,312 0.75 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 186,078 0.61 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 48,037 0.16 45,2986.05
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 9,268 0.03 5417,062.96
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 12,666 0.04 3,047315.69
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 2,092-100.00

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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia