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Russian trade with Bulgaria in 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 Bulgaria in 2017: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Bulgaria

In 2017, Russia’s trade with Bulgaria totaled $3,448,321,776, up 23.14% ($648,099,719) from 2016.

Russia’s exports to Bulgaria in 2017 totaled $2,899,595,474, up 25.05% ($580,836,412) from 2016.

Russia’s imports from Bulgaria in 2017 totaled $548,726,302, up 13.97% ($67,263,307) from 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with Bulgaria in 2017 was $2,350,869,172, a 27.95% increase ($513,573,105) over 2016.

Bulgaria was Russia’s 36th largest trading partner in 2017 (down from 34th in 2016), accounting for 0.5904% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.5987% in 2016).

Bulgaria was Russia’s 29th largest export market in 2017 (down from 28th in 2016), accounting for 0.8120% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.8122% in 2016).

Bulgaria was Russia’s 51st largest supplier in 2017 (down from 50th in 2016), accounting for 0.2418% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.2642% in 2016).

Russia’s Exports to Bulgaria

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 75.42% of Russia’s total exports to Bulgaria (86.12% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 15.57% of Russia’s total exports to Bulgaria (6.38% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.67% of Russia’s total exports to Bulgaria (2.80% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.30% of Russia’s total exports to Bulgaria (2.67% in 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Bulgaria in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $286,320,007;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $189,914,549;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $48,939,872;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $41,672,261.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Bulgaria in 2017 over 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 $22,501,756;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $9,770,352.
Russia’s exports to Bulgaria in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2017
over 2016
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 102,020 0.00 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 936,822 0.03 884,6065.90
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0 0.00 90-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 27,165 0.00 21,61425.68
10 Cereals 95,815 0.00 0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 106,479 0.00 109,953-3.16
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 149,617 0.01 2,429,251-93.84
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 6,703 0.00 19,961-66.42
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 612,435 0.02 618,431-0.97
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 52,756 0.00 45,24716.60
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 427,542 0.01 411,2483.96
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 251,682 0.01 238,4365.56
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 288,887 0.01 236,33522.24
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 657,437 0.02 526,63924.84
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,946,202 0.07 1,647,01418.17
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 41,407 0.00 15,899160.44
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 2,186,842,082 75.42 1,996,927,5339.51
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3,191,043 0.11 2,661,55219.89
29 Organic chemicals 3,094,539 0.11 12,864,891-75.95
30 Pharmaceutical products 51,999 0.00 114,488-54.58
31 Fertilizers 27,076,800 0.93 20,881,81729.67
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 283,800 0.01 239,65518.42
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 573,581 0.02 815,197-29.64
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 42,772 0.00 135,518-68.44
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 12,125 0.00 8,90236.21
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 378,399 0.01 462,295-18.15
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 2,572 0.00 11,207-77.05
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 776,738 0.03 1,286,764-39.64
39 Plastics and articles thereof 12,054,519 0.42 7,778,83754.97
40 Rubber and articles thereof 19,052,312 0.66 14,750,80029.16
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 7,303 0.00 19,030-61.62
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 7,248,346 0.25 6,137,77818.09
45 Cork and articles of cork 366 0.00 0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 9,182 0.00 9,251-0.75
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 9,253,269 0.32 10,886,254-15.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 540,811 0.02 328,13864.81
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 311,485 0.01 705,355-55.84
52 Cotton 2,635 0.00 9,640-72.67
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 38 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 233,625 0.01 239,828-2.59
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 242,488-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 20,130 0.00 35,169-42.76
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 469 0.00 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 101 0.00 184-45.11
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 57,164 0.00 20,679176.44
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 4,807 0.00 2,072132.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 46,680 0.00 14,368224.89
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 12,200 0.00 1,368791.81
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 23,505 0.00 19,43620.94
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 181,741 0.01 149,52421.55
65 Headgear and parts thereof 3,867 0.00 2,31567.04
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 5,500,160 0.19 4,754,44515.68
69 Ceramic products 222,046 0.01 67,278230.04
70 Glass and glassware 6,828,036 0.24 5,422,37125.92
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 10,447 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 28,982,197 1.00 27,217,3066.48
73 Articles of iron or steel 46,708,784 1.61 5,036,523827.40
74 Copper and articles thereof 249,253 0.01 253,806-1.79
75 Nickel and articles thereof 34,693 0.00 2,8021,138.15
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 27,043,883 0.93 26,796,0680.92
78 Lead and articles thereof 2,520,786 0.09 4,735,972-46.77
80 Tin and articles thereof 0 0.00 20,000-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 258,619 0.01 178,41444.95
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 297,699 0.01 352,156-15.46
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 355,850 0.01 361,446-1.55
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 375,772,308 12.96 89,452,301320.08
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 7,131,046 0.25 29,632,802-75.94
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 4,951,394 0.17 9,417,891-47.43
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,999,109 0.10 5,217,947-42.52
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 58,043,818 2.00 9,103,946537.57
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2,471,325 0.09 5,054,554-51.11
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 13,196 0.00 12,0019.96
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 732,566 0.03 497,93147.12
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 54,027 0.00 52,8612.21
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 55,205 0.00 41,08734.36
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 15,565 0.00 1,500937.67
SS Classified 51,249,488 1.77 10 108 597406.99

Russia’s Imports from Bulgaria

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 36.37% of Russia’s total imports from Bulgaria (33.12% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 35.87% of Russia’s total imports from Bulgaria (34.50% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 11.06% of Russia’s total imports from Bulgaria (10.13% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 6.74% of Russia’s total imports from Bulgaria (9.36% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.79% of Russia’s total imports from Bulgaria (3.69% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.26% of Russia’s total imports from Bulgaria (1.63% in 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Bulgaria in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $31,266,261;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $16,370,154;
  • 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 $9,943,794;
  • 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 $8,905,857;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - an increase of $8,341,434;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $6,526,568;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $3,367,690;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $2,639,172;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $2,291,986;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $1,651,853;
  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes (HS code 35) - an increase of $1,648,417.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Bulgaria in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - a decrease of $12,382,085;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $3,874,576;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - a decrease of $3,223,679;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $1,988,471.
Russia’s imports from Bulgaria in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2017
over 2016
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 3,223,679-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 0 0.00 9-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 426,838 0.08 4,301,414-90.08
10 Cereals 0 0.00 51,818-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,321 0.00 2,776-52.41
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 836,303 0.15 1,058,680-21.01
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 58,298 0.01 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 67,219 0.01 9,683594.20
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 15,001 0.00 35,736-58.02
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 971,038 0.18 773,49525.54
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 3,046,105 0.56 1,394,252118.48
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 1,120,553 0.20 485,158130.97
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 4,882,222 0.89 5,187,685-5.89
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 2,921,489 0.53 3,344,644-12.65
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 5,273,499 0.96 5,736,016-8.06
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 2,047,787 0.37 2,980,425-31.29
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 15,305,227 2.79 16,456,833-7.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 854,885 0.16 941,843-9.23
26 Ores, slag and ash 12,876 0.00 1,536,874-99.16
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 726,243 0.13 343,202111.61
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 18,764,645 3.42 9,858,78890.33
29 Organic chemicals 1,893,220 0.35 2,648,890-28.53
30 Pharmaceutical products 145,503,687 26.52 114,237,42627.37
31 Fertilizers 39,204 0.01 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 974,665 0.18 611,06159.50
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 7,972,823 1.45 8,018,360-0.57
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 581,976 0.11 284,349104.67
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 7,063,293 1.29 5,414,87630.44
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 2,635,802 0.48 2,274,23615.90
39 Plastics and articles thereof 8,392,276 1.53 8,350,8570.50
40 Rubber and articles thereof 5,773,900 1.05 7,762,371-25.62
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 94,044 0.02 0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,005,167 0.37 2,302,267-12.90
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 1,988 0.00 6,531-69.56
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 78,584 0.01 55,62641.27
45 Cork and articles of cork 617 0.00 651-5.22
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 6,680,887 1.22 7,733,402-13.61
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 176,631 0.03 74,639136.65
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 1,654,470 0.30 592,533179.22
52 Cotton 134,601 0.02 742,885-81.88
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 2,966 0.00 3,871-23.38
54 Man-made filaments 356,817 0.07 431,935-17.39
55 Man-made staple fibers 1,412,653 0.26 1,582,634-10.74
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 4,826,538 0.88 4,379,38910.21
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 647 0.00 58,369-98.89
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 2,485-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 18,016 0.00 2,843533.70
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 153,568 0.03 495,762-69.02
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 15,295,281 2.79 15,135,9251.05
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 21,086,764 3.84 18,447,59214.31
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,201,557 0.22 665,52980.54
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 14,193,427 2.59 5,851,993142.54
65 Headgear and parts thereof 117,153 0.02 144,478-18.91
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 241,072 0.04 244,356-1.34
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 254,672 0.05 108,984133.68
69 Ceramic products 2,593,904 0.47 2,640,907-1.78
70 Glass and glassware 1,218,934 0.22 13,601,019-91.04
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,673 0.00 24,716-93.23
72 Iron and steel 4,941,224 0.90 4,200,02217.65
73 Articles of iron or steel 10,881,910 1.98 4,355,342149.85
74 Copper and articles thereof 999,538 0.18 589,96369.42
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,368,656 0.25 1,078,84526.86
79 Zinc and articles thereof 33,607 0.01 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 174,068 0.03 21082,789.52
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,857,586 0.34 1,217,69752.55
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 6,045,499 1.10 6,319,355-4.33
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 124,011,015 22.60 107,640,86115.21
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 54,736,674 9.98 44,792,88022.20
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 208,112 0.04 330,333-37.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 7,654,822 1.40 5,362,83642.74
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 4,019,404 0.73 651,714516.74
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 6,193,283 1.13 7,329,955-15.51
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 169,787 0.03 107,22358.35
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 116,909 0.02 88,67531.84
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 7,340,971 1.34 7,972,828-7.93
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 5,364,721 0.98 5,970,064-10.14
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 639,990 0.12 797,435-19.74
SS Classified 3,500 0.00 0
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