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

Russia’s Trade with Japan

In 2017, Russia’s trade with Japan totaled $18,261,931,107, up 13.68% ($2,197,903,255) from 2016.

Russia’s exports to Japan in 2017 totaled $10,500,532,195, up 11.90% ($1,116,340,400) from 2016.

Russia’s imports from Japan in 2017 totaled $7,761,398,912, up 16.19% ($1,081,562,855) from 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with Japan in 2017 was $2,739,133,283, a 1.29% increase ($34,777,545) over 2016.

Japan was Russia’s 9th largest trading partner in 2017 (down from 7th in 2016), accounting for 3.1268% of Russia’s total trade (down from 3.4343% in 2016).

Japan was Russia’s 11th largest export market in 2017 (down from 9th in 2016), accounting for 2.9406% of Russia’s total exports (down from 3.2870% in 2016).

Japan was Russia’s 7th largest supplier in 2017 (just as in 2016), accounting for 3.4196% of Russia’s total imports (down from 3.6650% in 2016).

Russia’s Exports to Japan

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 75.27% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (75.41% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 9.59% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (10.13% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.81% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (4.38% in 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 4.59% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (2.75% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 2.83% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (3.62% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.12% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (2.99% in 2016).

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

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $860,923,460;
  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin (HS code 71) - an increase of $224,118,195;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $83,679,033;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $79,386,117.

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

  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $53,498,182;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $34,352,045;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $31,887,087.
Russia’s exports to Japan in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2017
over 2016
01 Live animals 2,163 0.00 105,650-97.95
02 Meat and edible meat offal 167,861 0.00 39,527324.67
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 254,483,557 2.42 274,302,140-7.23
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 44,079 0.00 106,829-58.74
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,227,534 0.01 1,263,050-2.81
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,038,128 0.01 930,17911.61
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 5,361 0.00 586814.85
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 21,782 0.00 5,093327.69
10 Cereals 19,267,987 0.18 51,155,074-62.33
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 191,920 0.00 5,6333,307.07
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 481,306 0.00 375,98828.01
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0 0.00 16,577-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 59,839 0.00 399,366-85.02
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 1,078,120 0.01 1,288,954-16.36
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 5,266 0.00 2,100150.76
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 44,976 0.00 30,42147.85
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 11,293 0.00 12,930-12.66
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 38,737 0.00 14,500167.15
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 326,588 0.00 360,661-9.45
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 202,018 0.00 92,738117.84
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 133,001 0.00 518,277-74.34
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 18,565,288 0.18 9,096,366104.10
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,916,433 0.03 2,559,35013.95
26 Ores, slag and ash 95,811,899 0.91 130,163,944-26.39
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 7,804,544,986 74.33 6,943,621,52612.40
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 13,979,525 0.13 10,819,07929.21
29 Organic chemicals 18,510,564 0.18 13,119,56141.09
30 Pharmaceutical products 56,900 0.00 33,08172.00
31 Fertilizers 12,407,844 0.12 2,281,166443.93
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 15,892 0.00 18,634-14.72
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 428,218 0.00 758,312-43.53
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 16,602 0.00 18,226-8.91
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 20,781 0.00 4,018417.20
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0 0.00 675-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 943,453 0.01 502,67287.69
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,222,519 0.01 372,751227.97
40 Rubber and articles thereof 31,346,229 0.30 33,814,210-7.30
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 100,593 0.00 72,50538.74
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 46,161 0.00 914,115-94.95
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 456,029,911 4.34 372,350,87822.47
45 Cork and articles of cork 101 0.00 19431.58
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 48,542,008 0.46 38,423,44926.33
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 231,733 0.00 338,398-31.52
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 360,774 0.00 222,34362.26
52 Cotton 3,312 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 68,243 0.00 0
55 Man-made staple fibers 1,005 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 5,102 0.00 14,591-65.03
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 531 0.00 5182.51
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 6,995 0.00 3,80483.89
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 200 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 85,817 0.00 87,548-1.98
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 346,612 0.00 105,959227.12
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 130,660 0.00 35,526267.79
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 708,499 0.01 1,086,372-34.78
65 Headgear and parts thereof 24,327 0.00 6893,430.77
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 37 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 8,030 0.00 171,816-95.33
69 Ceramic products 18,977 0.00 28,639-33.74
70 Glass and glassware 909,953 0.01 1,454,675-37.45
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 482,245,078 4.59 258,126,88386.82
72 Iron and steel 171,326,326 1.63 187,038,612-8.40
73 Articles of iron or steel 332,559 0.00 2,457,481-86.47
74 Copper and articles thereof 833 0.00 196,935-99.58
75 Nickel and articles thereof 129,026 0.00 90,02143.33
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 821,128,797 7.82 741,742,68010.70
80 Tin and articles thereof 0 0.00 115-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 13,768,822 0.13 19,314,797-28.71
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 9,937 0.00 28,695-65.37
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 9,581 0.00 47,726-79.92
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,802,050 0.04 6,316,067-39.80
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 2,166,353 0.02 3,415,568-36.57
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 0 0.00 77,308-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,155,178 0.01 1,297,843-10.99
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 212,962,889 2.03 266,461,071-20.08
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2,524,465 0.02 3,248,837-22.30
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0 0.00 550-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 14,575 0.00 5029,050.00
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 1,236,079 0.01 565,526118.57
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 125,885 0.00 85,64646.98
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3,844 0.00 14,698-73.85
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 654 0.00 2,009-67.45
SS Classified 341,034 0.00 140 989141.89

Russia’s Imports from Japan

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 80.90% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (80.02% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 10.94% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (11.32% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.10% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (2.71% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.91% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (1.16% in 2016).

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

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $367,968,368;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $342,510,667;
  • 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 $166,569,672;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $65,592,341;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $57,061,351;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $27,747,404;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $24,635,787.

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

  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $31,559,789;
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles (HS code 96) - a decrease of $28,196,578.
Russia’s imports from Japan in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2017
over 2016
01 Live animals 715 0.00 1,231,831-99.94
02 Meat and edible meat offal 273,378 0.00 253,8427.70
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 8,214,371 0.11 7,304,17212.46
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 386,121 0.00 23,7721,524.27
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 126,839 0.00 159,198-20.33
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 42,199 0.00 63,992-34.06
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 958,194 0.01 908,5295.47
10 Cereals 285,167 0.00 199,09443.23
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 39,037 0.00 3,918896.35
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 153,867 0.00 76,033102.37
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 772,056 0.01 782,239-1.30
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 52,922 0.00 6,221750.70
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 115,902 0.00 87,03133.17
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 17,750 0.00 1,1531,439.46
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,016,215 0.01 874,55916.20
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 768,209 0.01 754,7961.78
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 626,672 0.01 420,09449.17
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 222,914 0.00 144,78053.97
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 6,499,720 0.08 5,913,0599.92
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 5,627,617 0.07 5,099,60410.35
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 37,494 0.00 53,364-29.74
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 415,426 0.01 78,089431.99
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 200,786 0.00 81,241147.15
26 Ores, slag and ash 296,268 0.00 264,59211.97
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 52,603,059 0.68 56,052,449-6.15
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 6,425,838 0.08 2,558,431151.16
29 Organic chemicals 20,923,269 0.27 16,519,01426.66
30 Pharmaceutical products 77,900,026 1.00 74,784,0204.17
31 Fertilizers 123,623 0.00 76,88360.79
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 19,806,190 0.26 18,017,8129.93
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 49,895,995 0.64 41,123,01521.33
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 26,294,495 0.34 22,542,59016.64
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,346,889 0.03 2,546,764-7.85
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 295,036 0.00 204144,525.49
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 60,499,650 0.78 52,320,19915.63
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 33,103,165 0.43 64,662,954-48.81
39 Plastics and articles thereof 125,778,223 1.62 101,142,43624.36
40 Rubber and articles thereof 425,371,727 5.48 359,779,38618.23
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 795 0.00 0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,097,116 0.01 962,02914.04
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 17,836 0.00 19,388-8.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,041,107 0.01 89,5311,062.85
45 Cork and articles of cork 9,680 0.00 6,87240.86
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 3,990 0.00 425838.82
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 0 0.00 5,620-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 10,502,854 0.14 10,465,6270.36
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,946,119 0.03 1,084,90979.38
50 Silk 37,921 0.00 47,567-20.28
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 3,562 0.00 1592,140.25
52 Cotton 451,477 0.01 318,73641.65
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 643 0.00 1,383-53.51
54 Man-made filaments 14,221,165 0.18 11,377,05225.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 37,833,046 0.49 48,713,713-22.34
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 8,385,112 0.11 9,689,255-13.46
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 919,763 0.01 379,622142.28
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 39,884 0.00 42,358-5.84
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,930,982 0.02 1,745,81010.61
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 681,871 0.01 442,28354.17
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 950,415 0.01 934,0541.75
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,935,159 0.02 1,561,13223.96
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,605,192 0.02 1,086,62747.72
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 158,975 0.00 152,6264.16
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,214,064 0.02 1,005,34420.76
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 4,406 0.00 21,340-79.35
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 15,374 0.00 11,66031.85
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 15,519,835 0.20 9,337,84166.20
69 Ceramic products 4,024,540 0.05 4,432,767-9.21
70 Glass and glassware 27,863,212 0.36 21,556,85429.25
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,599,687 0.03 577,515350.15
72 Iron and steel 24,529,272 0.32 17,519,94140.01
73 Articles of iron or steel 121,499,614 1.57 93,752,21029.60
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,509,941 0.03 1,526,44664.43
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,771,275 0.02 1,009,47875.46
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 5,232,967 0.07 3,617,44744.66
78 Lead and articles thereof 6,491 0.00 4,88532.88
79 Zinc and articles thereof 18,414 0.00 13,76333.79
80 Tin and articles thereof 43,824 0.00 12,583248.28
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,130,761 0.01 1,112,9871.60
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 46,493,045 0.60 34,323,80535.45
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 37,238,584 0.48 27,855,52833.68
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,566,745,699 20.19 1,224,235,03227.98
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 582,992,494 7.51 416,422,82240.00
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 56,443 0.00 85,764-34.19
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 3,709,591,672 47.80 3,341,623,30411.01
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 89,644,979 1.16 89,933,345-0.32
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 330,184,970 4.25 273,123,61920.89
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 4,727,664 0.06 3,392,46539.36
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 3,187,210 0.04 1,995,01459.76
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 33,985,404 0.44 24,893,40136.52
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6,767,183 0.09 2,968,730127.95
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 128,936,781 1.66 157,133,359-17.94
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 35,721 0.00 174,993-79.59
SS Classified 535,698 0.01 123 677333.14
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