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

Russia’s Trade with Switzerland

In 2017, Russia’s trade with Switzerland totaled $6,050,234,802, up 19.75% ($997,695,272) from 2016.

Russia’s exports to Switzerland in 2017 totaled $3,852,213,031, up 23.88% ($742,519,203) from 2016.

Russia’s imports from Switzerland in 2017 totaled $2,198,021,771, up 13.13% ($255,176,069) from 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with Switzerland in 2017 was $1,654,191,260, a 41.77% increase ($487,343,134) over 2016.

Switzerland was Russia’s 20th largest trading partner in 2017 (just as in 2016), accounting for 1.0359% of Russia’s total trade (down from 1.0802% in 2016).

Switzerland was Russia’s 22nd largest export market in 2017 (down from 21st in 2016), accounting for 1.0788% of Russia’s total exports (down from 1.0892% in 2016).

Switzerland was Russia’s 23rd largest supplier in 2017 (just as in 2016), accounting for 0.9684% of Russia’s total imports (down from 1.0660% in 2016).

Russia’s Exports to Switzerland

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

  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 36.91% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (27.59% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 33.63% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (40.81% in 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 24.40% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (26.07% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.07% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (2.91% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 0.98% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (1.13% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.61% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (1.05% in 2016).

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

  • 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 $563,976,520;
  • Nickel and articles thereof (HS code 75) - an increase of $190,393,134;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $130,879,637;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $32,494,650.

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

  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $181,964,539;
  • Lead and articles thereof (HS code 78) - a decrease of $15,783,314.
Russia’s exports to Switzerland in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2017
over 2016
01 Live animals 3,341 0.00 2,19452.28
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,904,319 0.08 2,733,8356.24
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 404,993 0.01 122,607230.32
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 498 0.00 16,955-97.06
10 Cereals 18,310,032 0.48 20,193,550-9.33
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 292,922 0.01 285,0302.77
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 500,816 0.01 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 4,496 0.00 3,74420.09
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0 0.00 306,030-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0 0.00 101-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 175,787 0.00 6,2662,705.41
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 433,236 0.01 2,227,464-80.55
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 32,391 0.00 5,639474.41
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 14,835,073 0.39 9,135,80262.38
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 11,843 0.00 1,789561.99
26 Ores, slag and ash 0 0.00 1,715,257-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 939,941,306 24.40 809,061,66916.18
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 8,132,142 0.21 10,426,094-22.00
29 Organic chemicals 11,293,312 0.29 2,911,237287.92
30 Pharmaceutical products 2,566,555 0.07 20,80912,233.87
31 Fertilizers 73,772,649 1.92 64,135,36315.03
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 123,928 0.00 252,465-50.91
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,167,501 0.03 790,15247.76
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 11,804 0.00 13,329-11.44
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 449-100.00
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 188,416 0.00 86,548117.70
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0 0.00 122,068-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 303,174 0.01 287,6065.41
39 Plastics and articles thereof 11,343,071 0.29 4,693,022141.70
40 Rubber and articles thereof 9,450,873 0.25 6,906,80136.83
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,174,332 0.03 593,75697.78
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 54,327 0.00 1,651,139-96.71
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,461,124 0.06 3,126,456-21.28
45 Cork and articles of cork 0 0.00 5-100.00
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 0 0.00 170-100.00
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 617,879 0.02 381,17462.10
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 379,002 0.01 486,592-22.11
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 383,401 0.01 383,0030.10
52 Cotton 1 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 3 0.00 0
55 Man-made staple fibers 255 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,565,696 0.04 945,87365.53
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 137 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 637 0.00 0
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 24 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 818,573 0.02 628,80430.18
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,384,434 0.06 1,696,02340.59
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 9,153 0.00 67,475-86.43
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 702,470 0.02 481,61245.86
65 Headgear and parts thereof 74,168 0.00 69,0347.44
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 201 0.00 452-55.53
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 247,014 0.01 21,1771,066.43
69 Ceramic products 5,964 0.00 22,445-73.43
70 Glass and glassware 111,133 0.00 44,374150.45
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,421,921,947 36.91 857,945,42765.74
72 Iron and steel 560,297 0.01 479,17416.93
73 Articles of iron or steel 336,213 0.01 376,442-10.69
74 Copper and articles thereof 256,749,763 6.66 224,255,11314.49
75 Nickel and articles thereof 959,192,651 24.90 768,799,51724.76
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 32,025,447 0.83 213,989,986-85.03
78 Lead and articles thereof 44,773,850 1.16 60,557,164-26.06
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,669,937 0.04 392,230325.75
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 61,893 0.00 134,030-53.82
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 29,271 0.00 7,110311.69
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 14,143,338 0.37 23,269,512-39.22
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 5,600,443 0.15 3,622,54554.60
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 625,462 0.02 1,833,376-65.88
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 12,334 0.00 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,127,387 0.08 4,015,108-22.11
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 3,419,441 0.09 2,475,88338.11
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 7,000 0.00 2,582171.11
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 254,101 0.01 69,935263.34
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 414,512 0.01 332,52124.66
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 16,444 0.00 18,128-9.29
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 51,483 0.00 6,351710.63
SS Classified 25,411 0.00 48 255-47.34

Russia’s Imports from Switzerland

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 40.51% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (41.16% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 31.94% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (31.67% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 10.77% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (10.26% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.16% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (4.45% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.73% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (0.93% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.01% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (0.43% in 2016).

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

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $72,761,202;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $46,194,991;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $44,223,447;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $40,506,171;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $17,923,656;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $10,734,381;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - an increase of $9,870,505;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $8,850,374;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $8,688,796;
  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - an increase of $8,442,167;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $6,764,739;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $6,749,575.

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

  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $34,850,091;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $9,971,311.
Russia’s imports from Switzerland in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2017
over 2016
01 Live animals 543,699 0.02 1,83229,577.89
02 Meat and edible meat offal 860,719 0.04 409,269110.31
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 33,116,906 1.51 24,428,11035.57
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 27,140 0.00 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 0 0.00 13-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0 0.00 205,437-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 20,517 0.00 262,257-92.18
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 28,898,490 1.31 22,133,75130.56
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,028 0.00 1,482-30.63
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0 0.00 535-100.00
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 2,194,851 0.10 1,633,30634.38
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 274,813 0.01 65,650318.60
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 359,859 0.02 220,92062.89
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,847,918 0.08 881,097109.73
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 12,559,642 0.57 9,456,61632.81
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 73,416,864 3.34 68,810,9926.69
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,546,499 0.07 1,447,2496.86
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 43,222,538 1.97 34,372,16425.75
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 17,842,834 0.81 13,954,80027.86
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 1,309,172 0.06 198,241560.39
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 18,731,352 0.85 20,840,556-10.12
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 28,748 0.00 65,883-56.37
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 748,190 0.03 516,12844.96
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3,815,417 0.17 3,293,79215.84
29 Organic chemicals 86,049,750 3.91 39,854,759115.91
30 Pharmaceutical products 556,016,253 25.30 483,255,05115.06
31 Fertilizers 22,584 0.00 14,69853.65
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 30,159,424 1.37 40,130,735-24.85
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 92,684,110 4.22 87,565,5765.85
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 17,099,665 0.78 14,778,66715.71
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 16,601,046 0.76 10,844,67353.08
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 729 0.00 782-6.78
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 499,752 0.02 673,085-25.75
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 29,014,843 1.32 63,864,934-54.57
39 Plastics and articles thereof 55,120,748 2.51 52,299,1185.40
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,394,264 0.15 3,021,76812.33
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 53,190 0.00 53,244-0.10
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 520,734 0.02 338,15453.99
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 107,225 0.00 31,413241.34
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 7,678,425 0.35 4,107,68786.93
45 Cork and articles of cork 895,289 0.04 525,91170.24
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 0 0.00 449-100.00
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 3,494 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 7,422,392 0.34 9,305,051-20.23
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 22,105,649 1.01 4,181,993428.59
50 Silk 30,778 0.00 13,493128.10
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 4,875 0.00 3721,210.48
52 Cotton 5,113 0.00 35,621-85.65
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 100 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 727,995 0.03 601,96120.94
55 Man-made staple fibers 400,555 0.02 281,11642.49
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,355,157 0.06 808,26267.66
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 328,168 0.01 201,00163.27
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 133,120 0.01 105,20226.54
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,510,116 0.07 1,520,441-0.68
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 50,075 0.00 17,436187.19
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 3,841,222 0.17 1,713,730124.14
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 12,755,600 0.58 2,021,219531.08
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 339,148 0.02 477,512-28.98
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 644,902 0.03 491,06831.33
65 Headgear and parts thereof 47,770 0.00 56,906-16.05
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 13,199 0.00 2,322468.43
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 1,683 0.00 841,903.57
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 6,874,165 0.31 6,849,5440.36
69 Ceramic products 1,189,780 0.05 626,95989.77
70 Glass and glassware 1,202,329 0.05 1,319,106-8.85
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 19,237,629 0.88 13,670,99540.72
72 Iron and steel 2,537,652 0.12 1,866,09635.99
73 Articles of iron or steel 37,026,762 1.68 30,277,18722.29
74 Copper and articles thereof 3,043,301 0.14 3,080,547-1.21
75 Nickel and articles thereof 612,063 0.03 178,946242.04
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3,076,358 0.14 2,672,07815.13
78 Lead and articles thereof 156 0.00 348-55.17
79 Zinc and articles thereof 345,273 0.02 191,93279.89
80 Tin and articles thereof 11,734 0.00 7,41458.27
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 26,384,401 1.20 17,942,23447.05
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 39,013,472 1.77 29,142,96733.87
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,259,766 0.06 1,088,60915.72
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 341,974,857 15.56 301,468,68613.44
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 117,987,635 5.37 118,431,178-0.37
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 38,494 0.00 76,550-49.71
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 6,398,257 0.29 3,858,15565.84
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 235,651,024 10.72 191,427,57723.10
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 159,941,014 7.28 155,423,5372.91
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 69,229 0.00 47,05447.13
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 1,466,325 0.07 3,086,024-52.48
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 907,027 0.04 301,705200.63
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,390,862 0.11 1,873,12527.64
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 43,860 0.00 61,246-28.39
SS Classified 332,008 0.02 31 480 329-98.95
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia