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

Russia’s Trade with Syria

In the 3rd quarter of 2017, Russia’s trade with Syria totaled $57,610,975, up 56.14% ($20,715,043) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s exports to Syria in the 3rd quarter of 2017 totaled $56,807,205, up 59.63% ($21,219,715) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s imports from Syria in the 3rd quarter of 2017 were $803,770, down 38.57% ($504,672) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with Syria in the 3rd quarter of 2017 was $56,003,435, a 63.38% increase ($21,724,387) over the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Syria was Russia’s 79th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (up from 105th in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0394% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0303% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

Syria was Russia’s 68th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (up from 94th in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0666% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0495% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

Syria was Russia’s 140th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (down from 102nd in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0013% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0026% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

Russia’s Exports to Syria

The major share of Russian exports to Syria 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) - 40.14% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (20.84% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 14.42% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (8.57% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 10.59% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (6.56% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.71% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (10.10% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.98% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (2.01% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $8,382,594;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $6,861,075;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $4,042,037;
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - an increase of $3,869,411;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $1,215,840;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $1,158,616;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $544,389;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $328,050.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Syria in the 3rd quarter of 2017 over the 3rd 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 $1,619,661;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $1,104,974;
  • 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 $463,904;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $407,524;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $359,998;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $315,576.
Russia’s exports to Syria in the 3rd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2017
over Q3 2016
10 Cereals 15,776,313 27.77 7,393,719113.37
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 2,699 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0 0.00 22,080-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 317 0.00 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 148,023 0.26 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 14,937 0.03 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 6,861,075 12.08 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 183,684 0.32 245,616-25.21
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 88 0.00 463,992-99.98
29 Organic chemicals 588 0.00 11,289-94.79
30 Pharmaceutical products 25,352 0.04 432,876-94.14
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 155,165 0.27 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 82 0.00 0
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 80 0.00 4,831-98.34
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 54 0.00 0
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 5,222,625 9.19 1,353,214285.94
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 56,080 0.10 0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 385,965 0.68 57,915566.43
40 Rubber and articles thereof 171,393 0.30 9,1241,778.49
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4,059,712 7.15 2,901,09639.94
45 Cork and articles of cork 160 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 89,338 0.16 149,577-40.27
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,042,037 7.12 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 101 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 225 0.00 0
69 Ceramic products 27,108 0.05 0
70 Glass and glassware 1,686 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 0 0.00 37,068-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,568 0.01 363,566-99.02
74 Copper and articles thereof 544,389 0.96 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 315,576-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 145 0.00 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 11,326 0.02 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 848,772 1.49 1,953,746-56.56
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 22,441 0.04 1,642,102-98.63
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,215,840 2.14 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 19,763 0.03 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,531 0.00 0
SS Classified 16,913,543 29.77 18 230 103-7.22

Russia’s Imports from Syria

The major share of Russian imports from Syria 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) - 94.86% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (97.10% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.59% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (0.52% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

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

  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $31,879;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $30,432;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $27,350;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $15,040;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $8,634;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - an increase of $3,744;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $2,671;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $2,650.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Syria 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 $496,222;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $93,303;
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles (HS code 96) - a decrease of $25,287;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $5,750;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $5,196;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $3,091.
Russia’s imports from Syria in the 3rd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2017
over Q3 2016
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0 0.00 93,303-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 623,299 77.55 1,119,521-44.32
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 30,131 3.75 29,4952.16
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 30,432 3.79 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 3,744 0.47 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 15,126 1.88 8617,488.37
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 42,515 5.29 10,636299.73
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 10,307 1.28 1,673516.08
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0 0.00 5,750-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 6,941 0.86 10,032-30.81
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0 0.00 5,196-100.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 26 0.00 89-70.79
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 34,189 4.25 6,839399.91
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2,671 0.33 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 2,679 0.33 299,137.93
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 7 0.00 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 0 0.00 487-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,135 0.14 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 568 0.07 192,889.47
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 25,287-100.00

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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia