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

Russia’s Trade with South Africa

In the 3rd quarter of 2017, Russia’s trade with South Africa totaled $283,003,778, up 7.53% ($19,805,827) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2017 totaled $87,254,557, up 10.25% ($8,112,143) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2017 totaled $195,749,221, up 6.35% ($11,693,684) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s trade deficit with South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2017 was $108,494,664, a 3.41% increase ($3,581,541) over the 3rd quarter of 2016.

South Africa was Russia’s 65th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (down from 63rd in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.1936% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.2159% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

South Africa was Russia’s 86th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (down from 71st in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.1022% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.1100% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

South Africa was Russia’s 49th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (up from 50th in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.3218% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.3683% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

Russia’s Exports to South Africa

The major share of Russian exports to South Africa 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) - 66.49% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (69.96% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 18.90% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (7.67% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.17% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (2.52% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 3.94% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (4.79% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.86% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (8.02% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.40% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (6.67% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

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

  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $8,435,114;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $2,624,751;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $2,265,650;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $1,011,927;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $668,807;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $380,477;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $265,449.

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

  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $3,591,956;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $3,411,206;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $1,019,038;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $399,293.
Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
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 57,366 0.07 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 87,389 0.10 80,9817.91
10 Cereals 57,599,714 66.01 54,974,9634.77
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0 0.00 21,518-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 244,455 0.28 276,315-11.53
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 25,595 0.03 13,19693.96
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 668,826 0.77 193,520,036.84
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 2,770,728 3.18 3,789,766-26.89
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,407,537 1.61 395,610255.79
29 Organic chemicals 137,337 0.16 38,151259.98
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 5,576-100.00
31 Fertilizers 11,476,185 13.15 3,041,071277.37
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 302 0.00 2,430-87.57
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,882 0.00 8,581-78.07
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 586 0.00 0
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 44 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 781,871 0.90 401,39494.79
39 Plastics and articles thereof 436,659 0.50 193,706125.42
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,248,125 2.58 1,982,67613.39
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 517 0.00 4758.84
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 595,547 0.68 817,632-27.16
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 2,545,596 2.92 279,946809.32
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 491,335 0.56 890,628-44.83
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 3,471 0.00 4,171-16.78
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 94 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 35,320-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 455 0.00 74,946-99.39
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 10 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 126 0.00 20530.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 195 0.00 268-27.24
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 823 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 16,885 0.02 5123,197.85
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 714 0.00 17,498-95.92
65 Headgear and parts thereof 52 0.00 205-74.63
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 170-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,341 0.00 2,784-51.83
70 Glass and glassware 1,110 0.00 7,217-84.62
72 Iron and steel 1,521,496 1.74 1,348,80112.80
73 Articles of iron or steel 79,799 0.09 7,690937.70
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,310 0.00 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,415,846 1.62 4,827,052-70.67
78 Lead and articles thereof 0 0.00 9-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 346,457 0.40 165,245109.66
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,983 0.00 1191,566.39
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 399,054 0.46 193,629106.09
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 1,273,610 1.46 1,127,76212.93
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 15,101 0.02 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 68,113 0.08 25,193170.36
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 337,838 0.39 3,929,794-91.40
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0 0.00 310-100.00
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 1,162 0.00 3,674-68.37
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 546 0.00 815-33.01
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0 0.00 28,680-100.00
SS Classified 188,370 0.22 125 89649.62

Russia’s Imports from South Africa

The major share of Russian imports from South Africa 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) - 53.64% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (46.00% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 21.56% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (25.68% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 11.01% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (12.20% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.76% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (7.51% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.79% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (8.31% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from South Africa 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) - an increase of $21,063,979;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $3,685,954;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $2,499,567;
  • 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 $2,192,606;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1,529,191;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $855,280.

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

  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $7,494,595;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $5,282,473;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $4,181,193;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $3,883,984;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $720,420.
Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2017
over Q3 2016
01 Live animals 14,040 0.01 0
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 21,114 0.01 29,876-29.33
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 201,985 0.10 218,466-7.54
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 56,155 0.03 16,114248.49
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 92,182,986 47.09 71,119,00729.62
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 676 0.00 28,932-97.66
10 Cereals 99,546 0.05 100,364-0.82
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 408 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 220,606 0.11 226,852-2.75
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 32,890 0.02 61,870-46.84
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 5,129 0.00 0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 153 0.00 0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 5,178,463 2.65 5,898,883-12.21
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 27,162 0.01 53,559-49.29
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 6,964,518 3.56 6,822,2122.09
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0 0.00 22,184-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 62,663-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,117,962 0.57 8,612,557-87.02
26 Ores, slag and ash 40,935,746 20.91 38,436,1796.50
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 145,581 0.07 209,993-30.67
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 11,066,319 5.65 7,380,36549.94
29 Organic chemicals 1,152,711 0.59 889,58329.58
30 Pharmaceutical products 11,726 0.01 7,70152.27
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 234,393 0.12 314,164-25.39
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 366,709 0.19 80,211357.18
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 48,626 0.02 34,35541.54
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 8,359 0.00 11,029-24.21
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 697,578 0.36 4,581,562-84.77
39 Plastics and articles thereof 316,599 0.16 89,125255.23
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,291,818 0.66 436,538195.92
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0 0.00 5,940-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 31,116 0.02 16,40989.63
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 5,185 0.00 31,293-83.43
45 Cork and articles of cork 0 0.00 2-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,507 0.00 2,802-46.22
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 17 0.00 26,287-99.94
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 15,918 0.01 52,995-69.96
52 Cotton 156 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 12,940 0.01 264,869-95.11
55 Man-made staple fibers 100,440 0.05 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0 0.00 153-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 73,857 0.04 4,8031,437.73
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 13,570 0.01 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 7,422 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2,624 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 8,753 0.00 0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0 0.00 33-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 4,064 0.00 7,798-47.88
69 Ceramic products 52,115 0.03 27,42790.01
70 Glass and glassware 9,302 0.00 19,797-53.01
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 54,472 0.03 59,826-8.95
72 Iron and steel 9,372,652 4.79 13,553,845-30.85
73 Articles of iron or steel 468,949 0.24 309,28251.63
74 Copper and articles thereof 24,862 0.01 2,2051,027.53
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 568,466 0.29 672,717-15.50
79 Zinc and articles thereof 134,477 0.07 164,125-18.06
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 479,008 0.24 347,78237.73
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 278,290 0.14 234,35618.75
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 6,263 0.00 5,33517.39
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 5,931,133 3.03 4,401,94234.74
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 2,441,975 1.25 249,369879.26
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 645,573 0.33 302,800113.20
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 12,147,938 6.21 17,430,411-30.31
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 380,973 0.19 74,193413.49
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 44,918 0.02 32,23139.36
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 4,072 0.00 930337.85
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 26,256 0.01 9,236184.28

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