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Russian trade in goods with Afghanistan in Q2 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 Afghanistan in the second quarter of 2018: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Afghanistan

In the 2nd quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with Afghanistan was $35,861,358, down 46.15% ($30,737,120) from the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2018 were $34,867,521, down 47.26% ($31,248,697) from the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2018 totaled $993,837, up 106.08% ($511,577) from the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2018 was $33,873,684, a 48.39% decrease ($31,760,274) over the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Afghanistan was Russia’s 109th largest trading partner in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (down from 94th in the 2nd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0210% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0477% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 96th largest export market in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (down from 81st in the 2nd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0316% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0787% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 129th largest supplier in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (up from 136th in the 2nd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0016% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0009% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Afghanistan

The major share of Russian exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (and in the 2nd quarter of 2017) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 35.66% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (17.63% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 26.38% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (12.95% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 23.15% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (62.63% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 8.25% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (3.14% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.86% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (1.31% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.63% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (1.95% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2018 over the 2nd quarter of 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $2,379,888;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $1,160,642;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $596,252.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2018 over the 2nd quarter of 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $33,340,252;
  • 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 $1,005,895;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $827,838;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $504,617;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $385,972;
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - a decrease of $164,797;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - a decrease of $109,230.
Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q2 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q2 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2018
over Q2 2017
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0 0.00 60,373-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 3,272 0.01 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 9,078,448 26.04 8,482,1967.03
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 8,677 0.02 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 80,326 0.23 0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 5,167 0.01 15,865-67.43
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 7,246 0.02 806799.01
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 9,160 0.03 1,354576.51
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 4,408 0.01 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 8,070,115 23.15 41,410,367-80.51
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 534 0.00 80,500-99.34
29 Organic chemicals 1,025 0.00 254,000.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 217,680 0.62 119,39282.32
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0 0.00 14,684-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,379 0.00 0
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 238,472 0.68 198,76819.98
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 70-100.00
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 203 0.00 165,000-99.88
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 226 0.00 0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0 0.00 50,579-100.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 190,700 0.55 237,624-19.75
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 12,432,500 35.66 11,271,85810.30
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0 0.00 385,972-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 109,230-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 476 0.00 0
70 Glass and glassware 75,831 0.22 0
72 Iron and steel 458,888 1.32 1,286,726-64.34
73 Articles of iron or steel 92,120 0.26 0
74 Copper and articles thereof 4,400 0.01 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 12,700 0.04 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,840 0.01 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0 0.00 623-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 150,918 0.43 655,535-76.98
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 49,075 0.14 1,054,970-95.35
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,610,151 7.49 230,2631,033.55
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 64,724 0.19 133,093-51.37
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 53 0.00 0
SS Classified 996,807 2.86 150 345563.01

Russia’s Imports from Afghanistan

The major share of Russian imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (and in the 2nd quarter of 2017) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 73.56% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (99.42% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 23.00% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (0.49% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2018 over the 2nd 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 $229,994;
  • Cotton (HS code 52) - an increase of $228,610;
  • Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof (HS code 43) - an increase of $24,778;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $21,643;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $4,137.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2018 over the 2nd quarter of 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q2 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q2 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2018
over Q2 2017
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 666,254 67.04 436,26052.72
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 64,858 6.53 43,21550.08
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0 0.00 9-100.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0 0.00 10-100.00
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 24,778 2.49 0
52 Cotton 228,610 23.00 0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 2,341-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 4,137 0.42 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 2,341 0.24 310655.16
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 1,316 0.13 1151,044.35
SS Classified 1,543 0.16 0
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia