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

Russia’s Trade with Iran

In the 4th quarter of 2017, Russia’s trade with Iran was $537,830,822, down 3.45% ($19,194,905) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

Russia’s exports to Iran in the 4th quarter of 2017 were $417,969,928, down 8.40% ($38,310,638) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

Russia’s imports from Iran in the 4th quarter of 2017 totaled $119,860,894, up 18.97% ($19,115,733) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with Iran in the 4th quarter of 2017 was $298,109,034, a 16.15% decrease ($57,426,371) over the 4th quarter of 2016.

Iran was Russia’s 50th largest trading partner in the 4th quarter of 2017 (down from 43rd in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.3218% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.4088% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

Iran was Russia’s 47th largest export market in the 4th quarter of 2017 (down from 38th in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.4063% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.5442% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

Iran was Russia’s 62nd largest supplier in the 4th quarter of 2017 (down from 57th in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.1865% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.1921% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

Russia’s Exports to Iran

The major share of Russian exports to Iran 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) - 41.10% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (36.91% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 24.13% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (25.19% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 19.80% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (27.02% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 11.85% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (7.90% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.52% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (2.40% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Iran 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 $29,610,306;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $13,719,688;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $7,726,291;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $4,815,053;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $4,140,698;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $3,844,085;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - an increase of $3,672,308;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $2,694,202;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $2,037,484;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $1,459,773;
  • 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 $1,451,817;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $1,375,894.

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

  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $44,179,405;
  • 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 $36,964,754;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $17,243,893;
  • 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 (HS code 86) - a decrease of $10,321,648;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $3,627,556;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $2,017,573;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $1,999,134.
Russia’s exports to Iran in the 4th quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q4 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q4 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q4 2017
over Q4 2016
01 Live animals 0 0.00 37,250-100.00
02 Meat and edible meat offal 1,459,773 0.35 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 6,289,287 1.50 3,595,08574.94
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 37,845 0.01 0
10 Cereals 116,552,905 27.89 112,412,2073.68
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 11,196,651 2.68 3,470,360222.64
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 31,210,599 7.47 48,454,492-35.59
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 74,566 0.02 14,032431.40
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 187,220 0.04 13,0091,339.16
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 61,030 0.01 2,2242,644.15
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 681 0.00 182,167-99.63
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 876,294 0.21 89,461879.53
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 20,222 0.00 0
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 3,807,568 0.91 135,2602,715.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 8,450 0.00 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 637,397 0.15 396,12460.91
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 4,607,198 1.10 3,155,38146.01
29 Organic chemicals 500,875 0.12 863,217-41.98
30 Pharmaceutical products 523,809 0.13 0
31 Fertilizers 32,542 0.01 14,625122.51
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,029,495 0.49 1,556,89130.36
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 45,341 0.01 12,114274.29
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 9,715 0.00 10,981-11.53
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 468-100.00
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 1,722 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 820,771 0.20 240,481241.30
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,617,637 0.39 2,742,669-41.02
40 Rubber and articles thereof 346,219 0.08 2,363,792-85.35
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,220 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 28,812,110 6.89 26,774,6267.61
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 3,439,854 0.82 2,063,96066.66
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,864,283 0.69 6,491,839-55.88
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 14,415,214 3.45 695,5261,972.56
54 Man-made filaments 624,290 0.15 233,754167.07
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 381,940 0.09 542,018-29.53
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 2-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 8,128 0.00 7,4638.91
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 29-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 145 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,800 0.00 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 253-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,650 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 339,236 0.08 344,907-1.64
70 Glass and glassware 112,009 0.03 237,084-52.76
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0 0.00 557,503-100.00
72 Iron and steel 77,799,063 18.61 121,978,468-36.22
73 Articles of iron or steel 4,816,504 1.15 972,419395.31
74 Copper and articles thereof 103,687 0.02 138,819-25.31
75 Nickel and articles thereof 145 0.00 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 167,252-100.00
78 Lead and articles thereof 21 0.00 0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 364 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 213 0.00 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 28,925 0.01 4,965482.58
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 5,222 0.00 7,259-28.06
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 79,939,374 19.13 50,329,06858.83
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 1,456,843 0.35 38,421,597-96.21
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 10,978,433 2.63 21,300,081-48.46
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,096,564 0.50 4,095,698-48.81
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 4,815,053 1.15 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,567,285 0.37 787,04699.14
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 17,945 0.00 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 94,817 0.02 2,0624,498.30
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 22,615 0.01 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 294 0.00 2,494-88.21
SS Classified 267,870 0.06 362 084-26.02

Russia’s Imports from Iran

The major share of Russian imports from Iran 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) - 77.22% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (82.18% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 10.16% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (13.44% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 4.92% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (0.33% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 4.41% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (1.18% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Iran in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $8,949,421;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $5,188,268;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $5,071,124;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $3,592,811;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $1,510,000;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $1,307,910;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $1,105,759;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - an increase of $1,096,660;
  • 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 $983,473;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $767,760;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $671,154;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $391,802.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Iran in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 $10,732,764;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $1,561,262;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $492,442.
Russia’s imports from Iran in the 4th quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q4 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q4 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q4 2017
over Q4 2016
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 60,009 0.05 158,353-62.10
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,077,292 0.90 777,26138.60
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 0 0.00 3,140-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 40,381,808 33.69 35,193,54014.74
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 47,122,453 39.31 42,051,32912.06
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 152,649 0.13 255,681-40.30
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 35,147 0.03 31,65811.02
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 17,586 0.01 16,0649.47
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 117,588 0.10 72,54862.08
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 1,198 0.00 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 92,158 0.08 53,21173.19
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 152,648 0.13 66,216130.53
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 333,544 0.28 68,737385.25
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 2,873,293 2.40 2,105,53336.46
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 38,847 0.03 1,600,109-97.57
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 9,287 0.01 18,526-49.87
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 92,088 0.08 318,710-71.11
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,629,311 1.36 321,401406.94
26 Ores, slag and ash 3,592,811 3.00 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 677,908 0.57 6,7549,937.13
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 254,026 0.21 10,986,790-97.69
29 Organic chemicals 693,437 0.58 301,635129.89
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 11,336-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0 0.00 22,011-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 10,405 0.01 4,959109.82
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 24,670 0.02 0
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 31,406 0.03 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,409 0.00 0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 11,157,284 9.31 2,207,863405.34
40 Rubber and articles thereof 511 0.00 585-12.65
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,534 0.00 354,282.86
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 908 0.00 2,609-65.20
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0 0.00 24,212-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,893 0.00 690174.35
54 Man-made filaments 82,748 0.07 170,389-51.44
55 Man-made staple fibers 18,061 0.02 15,07419.82
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 146 0.00 0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 111,159 0.09 190,569-41.67
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 15,717 0.01 0
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0 0.00 7,715-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 764,547 0.64 437,28774.84
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 339,758 0.28 832,200-59.17
69 Ceramic products 343,846 0.29 159,000116.26
70 Glass and glassware 1,519,448 1.27 422,788259.39
72 Iron and steel 54,945 0.05 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 389,436 0.32 569,984-31.68
74 Copper and articles thereof 242,432 0.20 9,0682,573.49
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 502-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 28 0.00 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 9,570 0.01 1536,154.90
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 928,666 0.77 625,33148.51
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 996,960 0.83 13,4877,292.01
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 614,561 0.51 426,21544.19
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 1,510,000 1.26 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,230,612 1.03 124,853885.65
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 3,968 0.00 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 15,264 0.01 59,050-74.15
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 33,814 0.03 0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 100 0.00 0

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