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

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In the 2nd quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia totaled $287,536,507, up 38.26% ($79,564,638) from the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2018 totaled $207,869,386, up 24.58% ($41,011,203) from the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2018 totaled $79,667,121, up 93.77% ($38,553,435) from the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2018 was $128,202,265, a 1.95% increase ($2,457,768) over the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 69th largest trading partner in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (down from 67th in the 2nd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.1682% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.1488% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 59th largest export market in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (down from 56th in the 2nd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.1886% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.1987% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 63rd largest supplier in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (up from 72nd in the 2nd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.1312% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0737% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian exports to Saudi Arabia 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) - 71.89% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (28.52% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 13.55% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (3.85% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 5.49% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (52.17% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.95% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (2.92% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.38% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (9.48% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.07% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (2.16% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia 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 $95,932,669;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $20,690,866;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $9,224,342;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $4,087,235;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $3,702,114;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $1,063,299;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $904,289;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $721,891.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia 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 $84,858,789;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $9,136,242;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $2,314,884.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q2 2018,
US dollars ($)
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 588,347 0.28 0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 505,647-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 437,893 0.21 199,442119.56
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 10,829 0.01 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 43,184 0.02 0
10 Cereals 124,182,484 59.74 28,249,815339.59
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 17,032,789 8.19 16,128,5005.61
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 358,701 0.17 35,212918.69
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 6,537,437 3.14 2,450,202166.81
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 250,718 0.12 0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0 0.00 21,979-100.00
26 Ores, slag and ash 9,224,342 4.44 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 2,189,371 1.05 87,048,160-97.48
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 12,649 0.01 13,732-7.89
29 Organic chemicals 0 0.00 430,948-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 735,000 0.35 289,619153.78
31 Fertilizers 65,993 0.03 190,623-65.38
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0 0.00 10,054-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 133,259 0.06 94,31141.30
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 32,388 0.02 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 3,092,029 1.49 12,228,271-74.71
39 Plastics and articles thereof 26,387 0.01 9,846168.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,938,065 1.41 2,548,72415.28
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,903,135 1.40 3,238,342-10.35
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 271,220 0.13 302,985-10.48
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 5,039,170 2.42 1,337,056276.89
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0 0.00 550-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0 0.00 93,277-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 6-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 423,932 0.20 202,777109.06
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 810 0.00 65124.42
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 16,816 0.01 30,130-44.19
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 5,723-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 139 0.00 0
69 Ceramic products 320 0.00 0
70 Glass and glassware 36 0.00 391-90.79
72 Iron and steel 7,426,376 3.57 6,363,07716.71
73 Articles of iron or steel 20,702,442 9.96 11,576178,739.34
74 Copper and articles thereof 7,511 0.00 3681,941.03
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,961 0.00 1261,456.35
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 26,352 0.01 41,987-37.24
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 2,640 0.00 11,656-77.35
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,323,787 0.64 601,896119.94
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 551,996 0.27 437,49226.17
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 2,314,884-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 349,942 0.17 258,08135.59
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 484 0.00 78,063-99.38
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 12,297 0.01 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 302 0.00 58,788-99.49
SS Classified 915,853 0.44 1 013 216-9.61

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 96.26% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (93.63% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.78% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.40% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.11% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (2.84% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.44% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.53% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $21,257,753;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $16,681,990;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $1,390,331;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $1,277,204;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1,162,607.

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

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $2,113,430;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - a decrease of $383,105;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $288,298;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $242,738.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q2 2018,
US dollars ($)
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 99,591 0.13 259,683-61.65
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,263 0.00 2,330-45.79
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,604 0.00 4,126-61.12
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 2,135 0.00 10,369-79.41
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 3,979 0.00 11,866-66.47
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 6,722 0.01 8,156-17.58
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 113,450 0.14 62,88080.42
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 17,845 0.02 0
29 Organic chemicals 26,282,823 32.99 9,600,833173.76
30 Pharmaceutical products 176,341 0.22 2,289,771-92.30
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,885,996 2.37 495,665280.50
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 20,892-100.00
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 9,951 0.01 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 169,813 0.21 458,111-62.93
39 Plastics and articles thereof 46,838,187 58.79 25,580,43483.10
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,328,243 1.67 51,0392,502.41
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 57,234 0.07 68,567-16.53
54 Man-made filaments 784,772 0.99 1,167,877-32.80
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 100,574 0.13 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 17,772 0.02 54,378-67.32
73 Articles of iron or steel 56,981 0.07 7,000714.01
74 Copper and articles thereof 307 0.00 0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 81,723 0.10 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0 0.00 242,738-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 210,522 0.26 378,597-44.39
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,322,374 1.66 159,767727.69
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 91,739 0.12 75612,034.79
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 15 0.00 4,023-99.63
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 5,165 0.01 173,828-97.03
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia