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

Russia’s Trade with Iran

In the 2nd quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with Iran totaled $469,419,428, up 38.90% ($131,462,614) from the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to Iran in the 2nd quarter of 2018 totaled $332,049,915, up 41.89% ($98,024,431) from the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from Iran in the 2nd quarter of 2018 totaled $137,369,513, up 32.17% ($33,438,183) from the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Iran in the 2nd quarter of 2018 was $194,680,402, a 49.65% increase ($64,586,248) over the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Iran was Russia’s 51st largest trading partner in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (up from 54th in the 2nd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.2747% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.2418% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

Iran was Russia’s 47th largest export market in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (up from 48th in the 2nd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.3013% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.2787% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

Iran was Russia’s 54th largest supplier in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (up from 56th in the 2nd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.2263% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.1863% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Iran

The major share of Russian exports to Iran 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) - 59.57% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (49.67% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 18.50% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (5.29% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 12.36% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (22.85% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.51% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (18.17% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.56% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (3.11% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $49,337,379;
  • 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 $30,435,870;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $26,051,570;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $12,595,644;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $9,397,494;
  • 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) - an increase of $8,952,746;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $3,353,934;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $1,666,869;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $1,545,458;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $1,247,297.

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

  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $20,005,546;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $13,205,801;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $8,575,785;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $2,946,475;
  • 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 $1,311,939.
Russia’s exports to Iran in the 2nd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q2 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q2 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2018
over Q2 2017
02 Meat and edible meat offal 12,595,644 3.79 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,375,803 0.41 128,506970.61
10 Cereals 113,366,777 34.14 64,029,39877.05
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 11,884 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 864,846 0.26 9,440,631-90.84
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 68,177,632 20.53 42,126,06261.84
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 52,112 0.02 4,6941,010.18
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 31,367 0.01 0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 80,295 0.02 62,72328.02
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 34,860 0.01 43,887-20.57
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 63,243 0.02 85,151-25.73
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 1,154,500 0.35 251,697358.69
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 76,738-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 513,949 0.15 301,82970.28
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3,092,650 0.93 4,404,589-29.79
29 Organic chemicals 2,117,006 0.64 571,548270.40
31 Fertilizers 44,496 0.01 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,900,733 0.57 1,342,61341.57
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 0 0.00 9,047-100.00
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 3,262-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 95,213 0.03 1,4466,484.58
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 298,267 0.09 96,231209.95
39 Plastics and articles thereof 808,540 0.24 728,94910.92
40 Rubber and articles thereof 133,888 0.04 112,32119.20
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 586 0.00 6,741-91.31
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 30,566,856 9.21 43,772,657-30.17
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 4,918,588 1.48 3,251,71951.26
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 5,550,812 1.67 6,448,055-13.91
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 5,946 0.00 14,013-57.57
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 48 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 231,180 0.07 440,424-47.51
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 745,758 0.22 1,203,966-38.06
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 329 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 29,113-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 421 0.00 1,497-71.88
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 12-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 19 0.00 32-40.63
65 Headgear and parts thereof 74 0.00 2,084-96.45
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 119-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 15,641 0.00 13,58715.12
69 Ceramic products 415 0.00 25264.68
70 Glass and glassware 153,237 0.05 1,48710,205.11
72 Iron and steel 20,917,128 6.30 40,922,674-48.89
73 Articles of iron or steel 597,425 0.18 882,136-32.28
74 Copper and articles thereof 247 0.00 5,746-95.70
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 60,175 0.02 694,648-91.34
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 8,948 0.00 10,379-13.79
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 24,605 0.01 3,552592.71
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 5,589,525 1.68 2,235,591150.02
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 32,970,269 9.93 2,534,3991,200.91
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 9,050,571 2.73 97,8259,151.80
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 13,547,428 4.08 4,149,934226.45
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 138,840-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 265,991 0.08 3,212,466-91.72
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 63 0.00 221-71.49
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 4,471 0.00 9,357-52.22
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6,710 0.00 4031,565.01
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,143 0.00 407426.54
SS Classified 0 0.00 119 826-100.00

Russia’s Imports from Iran

The major share of Russian imports from Iran 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) - 73.42% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (48.48% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 13.10% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (39.04% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 9.74% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (6.17% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.19% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (2.50% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.49% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (1.65% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Iran 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 $33,365,631;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $20,829,687;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $7,982,309;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $1,114,779;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $913,736.

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

  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - a decrease of $22,765,158;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - a decrease of $2,280,901;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $2,232,144;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $1,522,836;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $1,104,896;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $861,719;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $715,473;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $615,227.
Russia’s imports from Iran in the 2nd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q2 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q2 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2018
over Q2 2017
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 313,826 0.23 437,104-28.20
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,569,420 1.14 3,850,321-59.24
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 12,000 0.01 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 34,910,916 25.41 14,081,229147.93
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 58,489,067 42.58 25,123,436132.81
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,063,040 0.77 149,304612.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 27,508 0.02 10,203169.61
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 44,758 0.03 38,00217.78
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 85,381 0.06 27,668208.59
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 220-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 44,422 0.03 23,13292.04
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 52,936 0.04 28,59685.12
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 296,478 0.22 73,890301.24
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 3,774,441 2.75 4,879,337-22.64
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 93,063 0.07 1,615,899-94.24
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 10,628 0.01 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 65,370 0.05 44,97345.35
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 527,986 0.38 1,243,459-57.54
26 Ores, slag and ash 74,839 0.05 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 75,922 0.06 471,222-83.89
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 181,806 0.13 5,6023,145.38
29 Organic chemicals 463,632 0.34 2,695,776-82.80
30 Pharmaceutical products 8,042,609 5.85 60,30013,237.66
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,817 0.00 3,223-12.60
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 8,453 0.01 16,639-49.20
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 62,904 0.05 34,80780.72
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 35,453 0.03 126,524-71.98
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 3,096 0.00 852263.38
39 Plastics and articles thereof 4,577,938 3.33 3,463,15932.19
40 Rubber and articles thereof 654 0.00 5,691-88.51
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 496 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,758 0.00 3,380-47.99
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 638 0.00 150325.33
54 Man-made filaments 90,156 0.07 100,452-10.25
55 Man-made staple fibers 98,805 0.07 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 42,796 0.03 52,228-18.06
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 108,802 0.08 87,77523.96
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 23,854 0.02 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 240-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 3,324 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 517,309 0.38 160,578222.15
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 561,962 0.41 1,177,189-52.26
69 Ceramic products 535,907 0.39 238,408124.79
70 Glass and glassware 767,787 0.56 389,97296.88
73 Articles of iron or steel 243,498 0.18 44,232450.50
74 Copper and articles thereof 17,697,954 12.88 40,463,112-56.26
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 152 0.00 0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0 0.00 71,299-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 47,654 0.03 7546,220.16
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 861 0.00 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,116,263 0.81 1,209,751-7.73
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 109,212 0.08 117,687-7.20
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 405,856 0.30 408,954-0.76
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 650 0.00 862,369-99.92
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 8,753 0.01 1406,152.14
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 58,894 0.04 19,654199.65
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 13,287 0.01 12,1709.18
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,522 0.00 268467.91
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia