Russian foreign trade
reports and reviews

Russian trade with the United Kingdom 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 the United Kingdom in 2017: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with the United Kingdom

In 2017, Russia’s trade with the United Kingdom totaled $12,736,248,625, up 22.75% ($2,360,387,434) from 2016.

Russia’s exports to the United Kingdom in 2017 totaled $8,688,397,161, up 25.12% ($1,744,567,553) from 2016.

Russia’s imports from the United Kingdom in 2017 totaled $4,047,851,464, up 17.94% ($615,819,881) from 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with the United Kingdom in 2017 was $4,640,545,697, a 32.14% increase ($1,128,747,672) over 2016.

The United Kingdom was Russia’s 14th largest trading partner in 2017 (down from 13th in 2016), accounting for 2.1807% of Russia’s total trade (down from 2.2182% in 2016).

The United Kingdom was Russia’s 12th largest export market in 2017 (just as in 2016), accounting for 2.4332% of Russia’s total exports (up from 2.4322% in 2016).

The United Kingdom was Russia’s 12th largest supplier in 2017 (just as in 2016), accounting for 1.7835% of Russia’s total imports (down from 1.8830% in 2016).

Russia’s Exports to the United Kingdom

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 70.88% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (72.36% in 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 18.49% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (12.06% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.27% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (4.77% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.09% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (3.33% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.87% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (2.14% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.90% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (1.95% in 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to the United Kingdom 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 $1,118,362,141;
  • 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 $769,207,319.

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

  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $56,464,870;
  • 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 $55,271,933.
Russia’s exports to the United Kingdom in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2017
over 2016
01 Live animals 100 0.00 0
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 16,416,238 0.19 9,357,17975.44
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 35,198-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 3,552,110 0.04 1,711,891107.50
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 74,418 0.00 3,2982,156.46
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 133,769 0.00 224,154-40.32
10 Cereals 4,835,554 0.06 11,725,192-58.76
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 14,069 0.00 4,120241.48
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 87,802 0.00 107,417-18.26
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 1,339 0.00 51,677-97.41
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 5,437,159 0.06 28,61918,898.42
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 1,461,778 0.02 298,984388.92
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 365,265 0.00 210,11073.84
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 61,506 0.00 18,074240.30
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 149,888 0.00 115,65329.60
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 376,772 0.00 214,50475.65
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 155,436 0.00 404,597-61.58
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 22,767,806 0.26 18,630,85722.20
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 15,776,955 0.18 14,816,3426.48
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 53,734 0.00 37,77742.24
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 6,261 0.00 14,104-55.61
26 Ores, slag and ash 59,651,048 0.69 44,357,93934.48
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 6,098,718,381 70.19 4,980,356,24022.46
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 186,945,086 2.15 242,217,019-22.82
29 Organic chemicals 14,340,641 0.17 19,665,734-27.08
30 Pharmaceutical products 6,414,636 0.07 1,302,473392.50
31 Fertilizers 27,189,887 0.31 36,578,873-25.67
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 114,918 0.00 223,002-48.47
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 5,448,135 0.06 4,029,63435.20
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 3,395,185 0.04 511,274564.06
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 50,061 0.00 27,52381.89
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0 0.00 3,665-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 6,669 0.00 37,770-82.34
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 6,726,282 0.08 3,009,983123.47
39 Plastics and articles thereof 19,877,421 0.23 14,841,91933.93
40 Rubber and articles thereof 13,505,609 0.16 9,074,30348.83
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 644,119 0.01 365,06476.44
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 3,380,356 0.04 2,524,91633.88
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 123,787,257 1.42 112,548,5309.99
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 1,331,580 0.02 1,891,950-29.62
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 36,457,024 0.42 33,483,5948.88
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 513,786 0.01 1,015,090-49.39
50 Silk 153 0.00 0
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 1,783 0.00 558219.53
52 Cotton 0 0.00 638-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 237 0.00 37,753-99.37
55 Man-made staple fibers 30,322 0.00 5,163487.29
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 4,336 0.00 6,044-28.26
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 26,976 0.00 20,89729.09
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 956 0.00 1,357-29.55
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 2,528-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,218,924 0.01 830,79246.72
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 3,966,286 0.05 3,183,81224.58
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 437,923 0.01 141,675209.10
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 591,645 0.01 403,37846.67
65 Headgear and parts thereof 42,336 0.00 50,741-16.56
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 1,198 0.00 3,391-64.67
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 5,043,649 0.06 5,650,217-10.74
69 Ceramic products 1,724,246 0.02 140,5551,126.74
70 Glass and glassware 6,203,313 0.07 6,863,192-9.61
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,606,761,012 18.49 837,553,69391.84
72 Iron and steel 107,740,301 1.24 102,828,1964.78
73 Articles of iron or steel 5,649,156 0.07 3,124,05480.83
74 Copper and articles thereof 66,159,093 0.76 58,174,17513.73
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,181,311 0.01 137,376759.91
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 29,080,333 0.33 23,721,24822.59
78 Lead and articles thereof 8,900,216 0.10 4,260,807108.89
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 49,328,846 0.57 38,484,67628.18
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 353,856 0.00 314,27412.59
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 258,047 0.00 271,347-4.90
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 37,788,907 0.43 35,050,1387.81
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 17,248,574 0.20 16,920,1311.94
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 197,302 0.00 240,769-18.05
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 3,376,758 0.04 5,128,045-34.15
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 476,416 0.01 56,941,286-99.16
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 18,718,093 0.22 20,973,398-10.75
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 349,707 0.00 238,06946.89
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 44,352 0.00 84,115-47.27
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 4,715,414 0.05 4,071,30815.82
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2,138,593 0.02 579,414269.10
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 113,557 0.00 184,009-38.29
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 46,126 0.00 17,899157.70
SS Classified 28,250,868 0.33 151 112 248-81.30

Russia’s Imports from the United Kingdom

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 47.35% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (47.04% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 33.32% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (33.34% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.82% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (9.38% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.31% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (3.76% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.62% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (2.02% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.12% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (1.06% in 2016).

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

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $179,263,590;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $115,467,478;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $82,588,564;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $66,650,021;
  • 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 $49,278,758;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $32,043,945;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $26,662,034;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $22,486,635;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $19,720,458;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $16,959,242.

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

  • 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 $48,227,558.
Russia’s imports from the United Kingdom in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2017
over 2016
01 Live animals 2,011,217 0.05 3,599,950-44.13
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 6,209 0.00 0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 5,097,727 0.13 2,927,91174.11
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 273,171 0.01 78,517247.91
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 148,737 0.00 118,31325.71
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 542,406 0.01 1,09449,480.07
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 5,261,457 0.13 5,065,7113.86
10 Cereals 8,078 0.00 1,267,910-99.36
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 385,149 0.01 435,858-11.63
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 987,087 0.02 2,575,643-61.68
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 5,383,647 0.13 5,440,595-1.05
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 3,625 0.00 2,04877.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 2,395,903 0.06 1,768,64935.47
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 4,670,419 0.12 3,394,01337.61
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 3,690,930 0.09 4,392,084-15.96
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 13,612,738 0.34 13,634,808-0.16
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 6,806,317 0.17 5,538,04822.90
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 49,289,350 1.22 32,330,10852.46
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 249,493,611 6.16 182,843,59036.45
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 23,847,427 0.59 21,364,98111.62
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 23,543,638 0.58 35,061,507-32.85
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 6,977,744 0.17 5,943,74417.40
26 Ores, slag and ash 42,251 0.00 23,15782.45
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 23,688,647 0.59 24,996,828-5.23
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 15,989,717 0.40 64,217,275-75.10
29 Organic chemicals 68,670,470 1.70 48,950,01240.29
30 Pharmaceutical products 592,753,435 14.64 413,489,84543.35
31 Fertilizers 878,472 0.02 1,338,246-34.36
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 94,329,007 2.33 87,605,2267.68
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 157,604,705 3.89 145,619,4118.23
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 56,949,283 1.41 54,185,4795.10
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 9,041,351 0.22 7,236,63724.94
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 87,606 0.00 130,498-32.87
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 5,938,863 0.15 7,066,624-15.96
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 133,483,162 3.30 134,856,358-1.02
39 Plastics and articles thereof 164,905,514 4.07 138,243,48019.29
40 Rubber and articles thereof 47,995,030 1.19 41,253,38616.34
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 469,453 0.01 137,047242.55
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 959,679 0.02 1,188,455-19.25
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 655,925 0.02 113,254479.16
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,297,811 0.03 895,58844.91
45 Cork and articles of cork 4,625 0.00 18,270-74.69
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 14,512 0.00 9,27856.41
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 0 0.00 113-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 43,278,746 1.07 54,311,199-20.31
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 20,993,802 0.52 14,003,91849.91
50 Silk 185,377 0.00 81,203128.29
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 717,524 0.02 353,819102.79
52 Cotton 2,229,404 0.06 170,8101,205.20
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 233,767 0.01 160,15545.96
54 Man-made filaments 6,634,692 0.16 7,176,784-7.55
55 Man-made staple fibers 1,161,181 0.03 600,10193.50
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 3,433,766 0.08 2,995,85514.62
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 5,156,596 0.13 5,068,0461.75
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 291,247 0.01 138,840109.77
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 3,240,994 0.08 773,921318.78
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 477,680 0.01 289,55064.97
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 3,390,380 0.08 2,856,15218.70
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4,106,126 0.10 5,036,010-18.46
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 9,873,449 0.24 7,235,71436.45
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,539,185 0.09 2,680,37732.04
65 Headgear and parts thereof 580,012 0.01 711,139-18.44
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 65,897 0.00 25,701156.40
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 82,596 0.00 40,595103.46
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 11,768,778 0.29 10,641,84010.59
69 Ceramic products 6,477,938 0.16 5,938,0079.09
70 Glass and glassware 10,277,235 0.25 9,449,0658.76
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 20,725,791 0.51 10,529,67796.83
72 Iron and steel 12,662,076 0.31 15,563,720-18.64
73 Articles of iron or steel 76,822,909 1.90 77,736,249-1.17
74 Copper and articles thereof 4,838,826 0.12 3,649,52032.59
75 Nickel and articles thereof 8,296,309 0.20 6,917,16819.94
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 10,689,788 0.26 6,904,29754.83
78 Lead and articles thereof 445,637 0.01 380,79917.03
79 Zinc and articles thereof 273,865 0.01 947,807-71.11
80 Tin and articles thereof 14,513 0.00 13,02011.47
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 4,001,538 0.10 3,469,59615.33
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 8,307,244 0.21 6,863,69321.03
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 7,628,419 0.19 6,679,41114.21
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 693,892,400 17.14 611,303,83613.51
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 271,058,592 6.70 221,779,83422.22
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 3,015,453 0.07 2,450,76723.04
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 744,796,744 18.40 629,329,26618.35
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 35,754,411 0.88 3,710,466863.61
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 168,195,859 4.16 145,709,22415.43
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 50,839 0.00 85,910-40.82
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 196,775 0.00 127,54954.27
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 34,725,016 0.86 25,343,15237.02
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2,683,476 0.07 2,229,12520.38
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3,638,765 0.09 3,511,1583.63
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 161,005 0.00 855,548-81.18
SS Classified 16,582,737 0.41 15 842 4414.67
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia