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Russian trade in goods with South Africa 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 South Africa in the first quarter of 2018: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with South Africa

In the 1st quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with South Africa totaled $159,702,499, up 21.47% ($28,228,268) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2018 totaled $27,756,807, up 60.30% ($10,441,163) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2018 totaled $131,945,692, up 15.58% ($17,787,105) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade deficit with South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2018 was $104,188,885, a 7.59% increase ($7,345,942) over the 1st quarter of 2017.

South Africa was Russia’s 76th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2018 (down from 73rd in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.1013% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.1023% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

South Africa was Russia’s 95th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2018 (up from 102nd in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0269% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0208% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

South Africa was Russia’s 52nd largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2018 (down from 49th in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.2416% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.2525% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to South Africa

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

  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 49.31% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (21.01% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 21.81% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (38.26% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 12.87% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (8.06% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 7.64% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (15.66% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.89% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (16.06% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 2.40% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (0.42% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

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

  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $5,505,830;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $3,881,422;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $1,818,002;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $1,445,150;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $663,364;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $536,304;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $464,326;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $343,742;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $243,868;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $195,337;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $156,176;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $102,478.

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

  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $1,718,500;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $1,185,176;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $881,299;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $591,794;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $570,225;
  • 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) - a decrease of $265,485.
Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2018
over Q1 2017
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 41,550 0.15 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 137,050 0.49 34,572296.42
10 Cereals 243,868 0.88 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 33,679 0.12 5,583503.24
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 202,432 0.73 7,0952,753.16
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 8,392 0.03 25,250-66.76
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 2,120,200 7.64 2,711,994-21.82
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,987,322 7.16 542,172266.55
29 Organic chemicals 43,443 0.16 54,201-19.85
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 39-100.00
31 Fertilizers 1,623,562 5.85 2,808,738-42.20
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,152 0.01 2,540-15.28
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 1,674-100.00
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 2,188 0.01 820166.83
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 18,330 0.07 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 643,845 2.32 300,103114.54
39 Plastics and articles thereof 566,229 2.04 29,9251,792.16
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,165,500 4.20 2,884,000-59.59
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 50,966 0.18 0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,908 0.01 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 921,196 3.32 257,832257.29
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 4,802,606 17.30 921,184421.35
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 7,962,994 28.69 2,457,164224.07
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 897 0.00 1,345-33.31
54 Man-made filaments 26,226 0.09 37,200-29.50
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 16,928 0.06 3745,651.35
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 73 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 136 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 2,299 0.01 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 13,313 0.05 4,283210.83
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 7,727 0.03 1,462428.52
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 16,640 0.06 8,67591.82
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,669 0.01 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 13,007 0.05 6,98386.27
69 Ceramic products 2,220 0.01 1471,410.20
70 Glass and glassware 18,871 0.07 4643,967.03
72 Iron and steel 1,112,810 4.01 1,683,035-33.88
73 Articles of iron or steel 48,658 0.18 40,01721.59
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,574 0.01 2,313-31.95
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 67,936 0.24 949,235-92.84
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 125,720 0.45 104,12720.74
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 775 0.00 2,484-68.80
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 614,540 2.21 150,214309.11
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 607,871 2.19 873,356-30.40
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 2,200 0.01 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,905,770 6.87 87,7682,071.37
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 440,625 1.59 284,44954.90
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 300 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 302 0.00 3,258-90.73
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 8,066 0.03 5501,366.55
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 63,218 0.23 18534,071.89
SS Classified 57,024 0.21 29 17195.48

Russia’s Imports from South Africa

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 38.00% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (20.69% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 22.60% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (31.28% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 16.44% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (20.54% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 15.85% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (10.40% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.90% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (16.74% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

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

  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $26,054,078;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $9,288,641;
  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - an increase of $605,750;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $559,383;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $540,712;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $496,380.

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

  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $9,537,604;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $3,462,710;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $3,043,231;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $1,726,915;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $1,211,570;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $632,937;
  • 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) - a decrease of $490,175.
Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2018
over Q1 2017
01 Live animals 0 0.00 12,841-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 113,061 0.09 197,505-42.76
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 81,748 0.06 18,672337.81
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 22,334,787 16.93 25,797,497-13.42
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 265-100.00
10 Cereals 0 0.00 36,023-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,815 0.00 1,01478.99
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 343,864 0.26 248,17938.55
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 66,357 0.05 36,99079.39
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0 0.00 1,352-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0 0.00 511-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 3,536,437 2.68 2,977,05418.79
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 6,844 0.01 8,184-16.37
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 3,299,579 2.50 6,342,810-47.98
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 33,011 0.03 32,6411.13
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 690,401 0.52 348,17598.29
26 Ores, slag and ash 49,267,254 37.34 23,213,176112.24
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 177,105 0.13 57,699206.95
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 17,607,831 13.34 8,319,190111.65
29 Organic chemicals 1,202,056 0.91 1,214,159-1.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 22,669 0.02 0
31 Fertilizers 27,253 0.02 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 100,321 0.08 107,601-6.77
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 130,817 0.10 7,0521,755.03
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 27,994 0.02 26,4785.73
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 25,071 0.02 47,165-46.84
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 85,842 0.07 718,779-88.06
39 Plastics and articles thereof 493,882 0.37 127,064288.69
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,191,676 0.90 1,308,185-8.91
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 6,468 0.00 0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 7,580 0.01 13,307-43.04
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 33,327 0.03 9,177263.16
45 Cork and articles of cork 1 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 504 0.00 30764.17
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 30,957 0.02 1,6261,803.87
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0 0.00 115-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 24,168 0.02 0
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 238,415-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 279 0.00 134108.21
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 7,745-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 14,788-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,044 0.00 2,755-25.81
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 89-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 8,954 0.01 1,619453.06
69 Ceramic products 19,511 0.01 6602,856.21
70 Glass and glassware 89,272 0.07 25,957243.92
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 11,901 0.01 31,300-61.98
72 Iron and steel 6,254,853 4.74 15,792,457-60.39
73 Articles of iron or steel 671,413 0.51 1,882,983-64.34
74 Copper and articles thereof 541,247 0.41 535101,067.66
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 581,103 0.44 781,100-25.60
79 Zinc and articles thereof 248,359 0.19 204,72021.32
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 605,750 0.46 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 181,829 0.14 440,849-58.75
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 21,620 0.02 3,212573.10
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,847,237 2.92 3,838,7890.22
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 630,854 0.48 1,121,029-43.73
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 217,143 0.16 254,470-14.67
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 16,458,305 12.47 18,185,220-9.50
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 539,659 0.41 43,2791,146.93
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 32,848 0.02 50,586-35.07
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 566 0.00 69720.29
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 10,265 0.01 5,034103.91
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia