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Russian trade in goods with Iran in Q1 2018

by Russian Foreign Trade
based on data from the Federal Customs Service of Russia
The Report on Russia’s foreign trade in goods with Iran in the first quarter of 2018: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Iran

In the 1st quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with Iran totaled $475,761,904, up 19.32% ($77,041,335) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to Iran in the 1st quarter of 2018 totaled $297,211,374, up 8.12% ($22,311,081) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from Iran in the 1st quarter of 2018 totaled $178,550,530, up 44.20% ($54,730,254) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Iran in the 1st quarter of 2018 was $118,660,844, a 21.46% decrease ($32,419,173) over the 1st quarter of 2017.

Iran was Russia’s 50th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2018 (down from 47th in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.3018% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.3102% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

Iran was Russia’s 49th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2018 (down from 45th in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.2885% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.3299% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

Iran was Russia’s 45th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2018 (up from 46th in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.3270% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.2738% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Iran

The major share of Russian exports to Iran in the 1st quarter of 2018 (and in the 1st quarter of 2017) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 52.97% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (36.85% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 17.34% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (21.79% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 14.61% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (16.97% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 10.86% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (15.63% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.17% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (7.60% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Iran in the 1st quarter of 2018 over the 1st quarter of 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $60,380,903;
  • 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 $11,188,564;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $6,954,728;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $2,750,458;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $1,052,461.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Iran in the 1st quarter of 2018 over the 1st quarter of 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 (HS code 86) - a decrease of $16,532,732;
  • 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 $12,221,358;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $8,183,049;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $6,022,119;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $4,090,628;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $3,101,658;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $2,656,253;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $2,387,076;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - a decrease of $2,168,293;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $1,276,828;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $1,252,525.
Russia’s exports to Iran in the 1st quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2018
over Q1 2017
02 Meat and edible meat offal 6,954,728 2.34 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,172,956 0.73 1,120,49593.93
10 Cereals 112,960,161 38.01 52,579,258114.84
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0 0.00 24,258-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 2,451,846 0.82 6,542,474-62.52
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 31,404,268 10.57 39,587,317-20.67
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 91,754 0.03 62,46346.89
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 156,650 0.05 42,126271.86
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 209,808 0.07 43,234385.28
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0 0.00 289,057-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 80,902 0.03 102,988-21.45
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 71,231 0.02 22,124221.96
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 887,285 0.30 660,33434.37
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 234,010-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 3,706-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 358,985 0.12 374,858-4.23
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3,684,245 1.24 15,905,603-76.84
29 Organic chemicals 1,487,340 0.50 895,34366.12
31 Fertilizers 55,650 0.02 15,133267.74
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,071,714 0.70 1,472,99540.65
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 22,856 0.01 41,528-44.96
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 29,599 0.01 17,26871.41
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1,192 0.00 157659.24
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 193,096 0.06 574,753-66.40
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,304,689 0.44 1,570,214-16.91
40 Rubber and articles thereof 584,072 0.20 404,69044.33
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 30,835,262 10.37 28,084,8049.79
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 2,841,873 0.96 5,010,166-43.28
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 6,521,631 2.19 9,623,289-32.23
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 3,229,009 1.09 3,941,372-18.07
54 Man-made filaments 1,356,179 0.46 647,209109.54
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 681,896 0.23 473,07144.14
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 99,549 0.03 5,9411,575.63
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 443 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 101-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 108 0.00 137-21.17
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 68-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 117,188 0.04 269,516-56.52
69 Ceramic products 369 0.00 0
70 Glass and glassware 106,966 0.04 28038,102.14
72 Iron and steel 50,436,679 16.97 56,458,798-10.67
73 Articles of iron or steel 731,912 0.25 3,388,165-78.40
74 Copper and articles thereof 90,760 0.03 6,0301,405.14
75 Nickel and articles thereof 43,656 0.01 35312,267.14
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 193,670 0.07 3,6995,135.74
78 Lead and articles thereof 0 0.00 1-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 601 0.00 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 26,317 0.01 25,3153.96
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 930 0.00 13,424-93.07
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 6,758,785 2.27 8,011,310-15.63
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 14,471,845 4.87 3,283,281340.77
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 9,092,002 3.06 25,624,734-64.52
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 190,773 0.06 2,577,849-92.60
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 547,000 0.18 998,683-45.23
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,207,815 0.41 2,484,643-51.39
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 1,106 0.00 19,511-94.33
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 103,255-100.00
SS Classified 392,023 0.13 1 258 902-68.86

Russia’s Imports from Iran

The major share of Russian imports from Iran in the 1st quarter of 2018 (and in the 1st quarter of 2017) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 80.42% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (83.40% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 10.44% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (3.15% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 5.72% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (8.93% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.04% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (1.10% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.70% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (1.59% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Iran in the 1st quarter of 2018 over the 1st quarter of 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $33,480,979;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $14,560,538;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $9,647,613;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $2,249,618;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $925,416;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $591,436.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Iran in the 1st quarter of 2018 over the 1st quarter of 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $3,306,426;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - a decrease of $1,540,711;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $1,405,376;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $597,157.
Russia’s imports from Iran in the 1st quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2018
over Q1 2017
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 135,727 0.08 542,937-75.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 923,977 0.52 2,464,688-62.51
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 71,611,911 40.11 61,964,29815.57
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 65,560,447 36.72 32,079,468104.37
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 503,329 0.28 354,46242.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 2,093 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 7,355 0.00 11,918-38.29
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 22,924 0.01 16,72537.06
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 105,472 0.06 140,941-25.17
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 92 0.00 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 114,914 0.06 11,731879.58
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 80,590 0.05 61,86830.26
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 369,455 0.21 23,5931,465.95
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 3,821,732 2.14 3,764,5801.52
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 165,168 0.09 1,570,544-89.48
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 11,037 0.01 4325,567.44
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 150,585 0.08 263,463-42.84
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 990,570 0.55 1,145,042-13.49
26 Ores, slag and ash 35,219 0.02 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 224,134 0.13 821,291-72.71
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 160,469 0.09 0
29 Organic chemicals 673,643 0.38 731,729-7.94
30 Pharmaceutical products 5,509,502 3.09 8,815,928-37.51
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 398 0.00 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 13,393 0.01 1,1041,113.13
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 28,699 0.02 1,2702,159.76
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 108,787 0.06 47,126130.84
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 4,415 0.00 0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 3,707,998 2.08 1,458,380154.25
40 Rubber and articles thereof 4,538 0.00 0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 292-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 97 0.00 2,405-95.97
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 390 0.00 154153.25
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,832 0.00 342435.67
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 203,906-100.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 24,926 0.01 55,072-54.74
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 647 0.00 43,760-98.52
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 186,431 0.10 173107,663.58
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 19,305 0.01 0
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0 0.00 9,438-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 59,206-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 6,314-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 450,378 0.25 406,17910.88
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 40,787 0.02 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 2,648-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,026,879 0.58 435,443135.82
69 Ceramic products 355,681 0.20 88,445302.15
70 Glass and glassware 822,748 0.46 923,615-10.92
72 Iron and steel 1,890 0.00 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 170,270 0.10 9,2401,742.75
74 Copper and articles thereof 18,448,853 10.33 3,888,315374.47
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 56-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 4,021 0.00 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 17,477 0.01 6,326176.27
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,168,788 0.65 243,372380.25
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 15,743 0.01 10,40451.32
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 373,532 0.21 429,668-13.06
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 298,148 0.17 676,733-55.94
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 1,583 0.00 0
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 55,647 0.03 11,025404.73
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 15,416 0.01 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 488 0.00 14,616-96.66
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