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

Russia’s Trade with South Ossetia

In 2017, Russia’s trade with South Ossetia totaled $68,768,301, up 23.30% ($12,996,431) from 2016.

Russia’s exports to South Ossetia in 2017 totaled $58,978,122, up 18.90% ($9,376,097) from 2016.

Russia’s imports from South Ossetia in 2017 totaled $9,790,179, up 58.68% ($3,620,334) from 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with South Ossetia in 2017 was $49,187,943, a 13.25% increase ($5,755,763) over 2016.

South Ossetia was Russia’s 124th largest trading partner in 2017 (down from 123rd in 2016), accounting for 0.0118% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0119% in 2016).

South Ossetia was Russia’s 111th largest export market in 2017 (down from 110th in 2016), accounting for 0.0165% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0174% in 2016).

South Ossetia was Russia’s 116th largest supplier in 2017 (up from 125th in 2016), accounting for 0.0043% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0034% in 2016).

Russia’s Exports to South Ossetia

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 26.55% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (20.86% in 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 25.40% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (24.23% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 15.36% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (21.21% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 8.81% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (10.54% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 8.23% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (4.31% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.17% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (7.80% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.43% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (1.45% in 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to South Ossetia 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 $3,096,107;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $2,671,383;
  • Cotton (HS code 52) - an increase of $2,200,069;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $1,126,834;
  • 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 $843,121;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $667,005;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $658,467;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $495,861;
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 95) - an increase of $458,066;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $396,506;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $303,984;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $272,984;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $261,193;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $207,736.

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

  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $1,661,928;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $1,151,502;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $783,850;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $736,496;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $380,411.
Russia’s exports to South Ossetia in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2017
over 2016
02 Meat and edible meat offal 370,046 0.63 66,062460.15
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 110,052 0.19 0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 462,761 0.78 391,47118.21
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 6,384 0.01 8,049-20.69
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 93,996 0.16 68,14837.93
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 813 0.00 4,178-80.54
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 13,300 0.02 7,44678.62
10 Cereals 11,266 0.02 19,124-41.09
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,172,819 1.99 1,553,230-24.49
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0 0.00 15-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 91,155 0.15 218,309-58.24
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 59,893 0.10 33,36879.49
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 367,838 0.62 380,988-3.45
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 309,895 0.53 293,0535.75
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 155,295 0.26 281,588-44.85
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 173,105 0.29 127,65635.60
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 31,055 0.05 11,078180.33
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,627,080 4.45 2,365,88711.04
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 11,833 0.02 38,496-69.26
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 2,989,810 5.07 4,651,738-35.73
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 235,398 0.40 370,183-36.41
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 14,744,796 25.00 11,648,68926.58
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 18,442 0.03 5593,199.11
29 Organic chemicals 4,808 0.01 6,598-27.13
30 Pharmaceutical products 838,792 1.42 180,325365.16
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 338,510 0.57 329,6172.70
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 6,542 0.01 5,63316.14
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 116,664 0.20 124,620-6.38
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 38,080 0.06 7,207428.38
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 2,894 0.00 1,388108.50
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 76,526 0.13 136,055-43.75
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,328,746 2.25 832,88559.54
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,459,923 2.48 2,243,773-34.93
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,834 0.00 1,47924.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 550,539 0.93 578,121-4.77
45 Cork and articles of cork 0 0.00 2-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 144,007 0.24 35,736302.97
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 149,783 0.25 107,22339.69
52 Cotton 3,943,834 6.69 1,743,765126.17
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 2,576 0.00 416,182.93
54 Man-made filaments 95,180 0.16 76,52224.38
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 1,475-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 33,757 0.06 11,881184.13
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 31,304 0.05 70,341-55.50
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 272,167 0.46 138,24496.87
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 25,953 0.04 34,366-24.48
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 22,933 0.04 7,501205.73
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 8,185 0.01 8,739-6.34
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 107,495 0.18 18,843470.48
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 279,016 0.47 6,0324,525.60
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 28,678 0.05 14,316100.32
65 Headgear and parts thereof 3,374 0.01 5,481-38.44
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 478-100.00
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0 0.00 468-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,339,708 2.27 2,491,210-46.22
69 Ceramic products 413,342 0.70 342,40620.72
70 Glass and glassware 110,723 0.19 81,75035.44
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 56,278 0.10 41,85334.47
72 Iron and steel 1,192,405 2.02 1,928,901-38.18
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,515,029 5.96 3,118,52312.71
74 Copper and articles thereof 42,868 0.07 20,764106.45
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0 0.00 122-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 296,757 0.50 89,021233.36
78 Lead and articles thereof 41,167 0.07 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 6,694 0.01 19,382-65.46
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 102,269 0.17 53,54990.98
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 4,883,648 8.28 4,216,64315.82
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 3,474,602 5.89 2,631,48132.04
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 1,663 0.00 1,803-7.76
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 3,516,695 5.96 845,312316.02
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,780,138 6.41 2,653,30442.47
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 1,476 0.00 93458.03
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 1,520,786 2.58 1,559,856-2.50
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 538,450 0.91 80,384569.85
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 145,936 0.25 141,0003.50
SS Classified 28,356 0.05 15 35784.65

Russia’s Imports from South Ossetia

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 97.90% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (95.50% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.06% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (2.70% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.20% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (1.71% in 2016).

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $3,691,814;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $78,565.

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

  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $62,561;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $48,077;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $33,823.
Russia’s imports from South Ossetia in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2017
over 2016
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 83,104 0.85 4,5391,730.89
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0 0.00 646-100.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0 0.00 73-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 9,584,209 97.90 5,892,39562.65
72 Iron and steel 103,315 1.06 165,876-37.72
73 Articles of iron or steel 0 0.00 634-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 12,236 0.12 46,059-73.43
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 7,315 0.07 11,546-36.64
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 48,077-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia