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

Russia’s Trade with Syria

In the 4th quarter of 2017, Russia’s trade with Syria totaled $44,140,390, up 28.30% ($9,736,853) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

Russia’s exports to Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 totaled $43,521,718, up 29.36% ($9,879,089) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

Russia’s imports from Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 were $618,672, down 18.69% ($142,236) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 was $42,903,046, a 30.48% increase ($10,021,325) over the 4th quarter of 2016.

Syria was Russia’s 105th largest trading partner in the 4th quarter of 2017 (up from 110th in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0264% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0252% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

Syria was Russia’s 91st largest export market in the 4th quarter of 2017 (up from 94th in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0423% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0401% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

Syria was Russia’s 135th largest supplier in the 4th quarter of 2017 (down from 130th in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0010% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0015% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

Russia’s Exports to Syria

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

  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 37.56% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (19.69% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 36.02% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (36.58% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 12.45% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (3.91% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.45% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (2.22% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.67% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (3.56% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

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

  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $5,839,408;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $4,204,448;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $3,544,720;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $2,072,347;
  • 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 $1,986,988;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $335,697;
  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - an increase of $155,002;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $147,775.

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

  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $1,023,569;
  • 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 $390,858;
  • 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 $251,993;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $220,758.
Russia’s exports to Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q4 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q4 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q4 2017
over Q4 2016
10 Cereals 14,733,029 33.85 10,528,58139.93
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 46,280 0.11 28,80060.69
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 147,775 0.34 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 24,025 0.06 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 725,200 1.67 1,748,769-58.53
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 633,181 1.45 747,223-15.26
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 46,640 0.11 437,498-89.34
30 Pharmaceutical products 9,400 0.02 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 50,714 0.12 30,12868.33
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 0 0.00 251,993-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 22,391 0.05 43,769-48.84
39 Plastics and articles thereof 2,455 0.01 52,770-95.35
40 Rubber and articles thereof 161,439 0.37 382,197-57.76
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 5,661,254 13.01 2,116,534167.48
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 458,316 1.05 122,619273.77
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 10,225,454 23.50 4,386,046133.14
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 42,300-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 65,846 0.15 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 0
70 Glass and glassware 14,100 0.03 0
72 Iron and steel 0 0.00 222-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 48,461 0.11 128,609-62.32
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 155,002 0.36 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 43,741 0.10 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,291,088 2.97 1,205,8327.07
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 2,038,821 4.68 51,8333,833.44
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,090,000 4.80 17,65311,739.35
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 41,494-100.00
SS Classified 4,827,106 11.09 11 277 759-57.20

Russia’s Imports from Syria

The major share of Russian imports from Syria 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) - 89.29% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (89.80% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 5.32% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (2.38% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.69% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (4.88% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.59% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (2.02% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

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

  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $32,582;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $31,230;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $27,750;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $14,502;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - an increase of $4,118;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $3,658.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Syria 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 $209,221;
  • Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery (HS code 58) - a decrease of $15,325;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $10,032;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $7,344;
  • 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 (HS code 94) - a decrease of $6,910;
  • 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 $4,515;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $3,615.
Russia’s imports from Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q4 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q4 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q4 2017
over Q4 2016
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 31,230 5.05 0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 385,569 62.32 594,790-35.18
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 53,945 8.72 21,363152.52
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 49,770 8.04 57,114-12.86
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 4,118 0.67 0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 27,750 4.49 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 10,032-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 22,153 3.58 25,768-14.03
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 6,838 1.11 11,353-39.77
40 Rubber and articles thereof 15 0.00 1136.36
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 32,052 5.18 17,55082.63
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 874 0.14 55557.48
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 15,325-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 26-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 3,658 0.59 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 0 0.00 111-100.00
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 0 0.00 6,910-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 700 0.11 0
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