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Russian trade in goods with Afghanistan in Q4 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 fourth quarter of 2017: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Afghanistan

In the 4th quarter of 2017, Russia’s trade with Afghanistan was $32,134,686, down 33.84% ($16,435,110) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2017 were $30,580,677, down 35.89% ($17,117,193) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2017 totaled $1,554,009, up 78.23% ($682,083) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2017 was $29,026,668, a 38.01% decrease ($17,799,276) over the 4th quarter of 2016.

Afghanistan was Russia’s 111th largest trading partner in the 4th quarter of 2017 (down from 100th in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0192% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0356% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 94th largest export market in the 4th quarter of 2017 (down from 83rd in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0297% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0569% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 123rd largest supplier in the 4th quarter of 2017 (up from 127th in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0024% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0017% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

Russia’s Exports to Afghanistan

The major share of Russian exports to Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2017 (and in the 4th quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 31.39% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (35.18% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 27.30% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (18.01% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 16.87% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (23.22% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 11.79% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (18.15% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.67% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (3.30% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.71% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (1.31% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $543,302;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $466,369;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $439,915;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $192,002;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $178,330.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $6,017,166;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $5,916,421;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $4,995,697;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - a decrease of $1,550,155;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $267,075;
  • 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 (HS code 34) - a decrease of $220,677;
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - a decrease of $112,860.
Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q4 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q4 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q4 2017
over Q4 2016
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 466,369 1.53 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0 0.00 13,832-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 9,132,694 29.86 15,149,860-39.72
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0 0.00 1,550,155-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0 0.00 46,238-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0 0.00 18,251-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 5,160,108 16.87 11,076,529-53.41
29 Organic chemicals 786,581 2.57 346,666126.90
30 Pharmaceutical products 208,030 0.68 29,700600.44
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 10,860-100.00
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 124,705 0.41 345,382-63.89
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 412,500 1.35 525,360-21.48
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 543,302 1.78 0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0 0.00 1,023-100.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 271,047 0.89 314,720-13.88
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 8,259,069 27.01 8,526,144-3.13
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 83,738 0.27 61,26436.68
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,661 0.02 1,005363.78
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 810-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2,552 0.01 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 52,500-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 5,098 0.02 10,128-49.66
72 Iron and steel 3,549,082 11.61 8,544,779-58.46
73 Articles of iron or steel 54,879 0.18 109,563-49.91
74 Copper and articles thereof 0 0.00 510-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 605,648 1.98 413,64646.42
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 61,596 0.20 67,504-8.75
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 144,693 0.47 143,6270.74
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 16,827 0.06 4983,278.92
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 0 0.00 286-100.00
SS Classified 687,498 2.25 337 030103.99

Russia’s Imports from Afghanistan

The major share of Russian imports from Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2017 (and in the 4th quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 47.35% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (98.57% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 18.06% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (0.02% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.01% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (1.32% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th 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 $130,344;
  • 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 $88,934;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $57,853.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th 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 $98,604;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $25,070;
  • Carpets and other textile floor coverings (HS code 57) - a decrease of $11,490.
Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 4th quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q4 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q4 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q4 2017
over Q4 2016
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 718,263 46.22 816,867-12.07
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 17,500 1.13 42,570-58.89
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0 0.00 20-100.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 8 0.00 13-38.46
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 11,490-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 120 0.01 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 81 0.01 777-89.58
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 130,365 8.39 21620,685.71
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 88,946 5.72 12741,116.67
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 175 0.01 15612.18
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 3,300 0.21 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 57,853 3.72 0
SS Classified 537,398 34.58 0
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