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

Russia’s Trade with South Africa

In the 2nd quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with South Africa totaled $294,258,660, up 34.72% ($75,843,047) from the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 2nd quarter of 2018 totaled $86,517,434, up 75.27% ($37,155,168) from the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 2nd quarter of 2018 totaled $207,741,226, up 22.89% ($38,687,879) from the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade deficit with South Africa in the 2nd quarter of 2018 was $121,223,792, a 1.28% increase ($1,532,711) over the 2nd quarter of 2017.

South Africa was Russia’s 67th largest trading partner in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (down from 65th in the 2nd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.1722% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.1563% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

South Africa was Russia’s 76th largest export market in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (up from 86th in the 2nd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0785% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0588% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

South Africa was Russia’s 44th largest supplier in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (up from 49th in the 2nd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.3422% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.3030% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to South Africa

The major share of Russian exports to South Africa 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) - 70.89% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (41.33% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 13.25% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (9.92% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.33% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (11.11% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 3.52% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (28.07% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.24% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (4.86% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.45% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (4.64% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to South Africa 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 $40,679,919;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $5,960,924;
  • 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 $1,018,259;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $648,649;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $458,194;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $382,592.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to South Africa 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 $10,490,806;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $906,790;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $552,844;
  • 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 $535,457;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $314,453;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $296,072.
Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 2nd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q2 2018,
US dollars ($)
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 67,775 0.08 17,434288.75
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 112,487 0.13 10,1511,008.14
10 Cereals 60,788,853 70.26 20,108,934202.30
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 24,586 0.03 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 315,694 0.36 254,17624.20
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 19,920 0.02 8,754127.55
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 314,453-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 3,048,899 3.52 13,539,705-77.48
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 2,365,388 2.73 1,347,12975.59
29 Organic chemicals 98,675 0.11 60,47563.17
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 5,575-100.00
31 Fertilizers 1,335,711 1.54 1,097,04221.76
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0 0.00 3,315-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,910 0.00 2,065-7.51
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 2,844-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 547,557 0.63 528,7643.55
39 Plastics and articles thereof 551,659 0.64 93,465490.23
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,437,896 1.66 2,344,686-38.67
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 207,461 0.24 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 772,395 0.89 544,00341.98
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 2,888,845 3.34 2,506,25315.27
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 7,801,792 9.02 1,840,868323.81
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 715 0.00 6,516-89.03
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 23,895-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 40-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 24 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 12 0.00 16-25.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 6,687-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 562 0.00 0
69 Ceramic products 1,915 0.00 0
70 Glass and glassware 1,765 0.00 293502.39
72 Iron and steel 2,354,824 2.72 1,706,17538.02
73 Articles of iron or steel 4,488 0.01 3,76519.20
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 157,473 0.18 453,545-65.28
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 288,143 0.33 233,25523.53
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 24 0.00 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 411,347 0.48 196,236109.62
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 428,519 0.50 963,976-55.55
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 0 0.00 5,000-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 44,265 0.05 204,510-78.36
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 366,728 0.42 919,572-60.12
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 1,335 0.00 0
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 4,789 0.01 8,655-44.67
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,712 0.00 394,289.74
SS Classified 61,291 0.07 0

Russia’s Imports from South Africa

The major share of Russian imports from South Africa 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) - 39.93% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (44.89% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 29.60% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (19.66% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 14.18% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (9.20% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 9.17% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (19.60% in the 2nd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.64% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (6.13% in the 2nd quarter of 2017).

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

  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $27,888,019;
  • 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 $11,044,329;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $4,722,190;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $3,425,326;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $2,715,693;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $1,924,949;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $1,248,006;
  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin (HS code 71) - an increase of $754,017.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from South Africa 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) - a decrease of $6,634,142;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $6,471,116;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $925,883.
Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 2nd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q2 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q2 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2018
over Q2 2017
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 8,693 0.00 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 130,762 0.06 205,322-36.31
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 587,773 0.28 300,76795.42
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 65,831,004 31.69 63,906,0553.01
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 233 0.00 37,187-99.37
10 Cereals 479,085 0.23 87,046450.38
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,962 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 303,336 0.15 296,0812.45
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 4,931 0.00 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 24,221 0.01 43,343-44.12
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 4,386 0.00 2,27892.54
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 350 0.00 0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 6,245,867 3.01 2,820,541121.44
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 20,772 0.01 109,592-81.05
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 9,300,432 4.48 8,052,42615.50
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0 0.00 24,751-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 14,042 0.01 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,452,069 0.70 962,08050.93
26 Ores, slag and ash 59,877,304 28.82 31,989,28587.18
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 158,288 0.08 291,722-45.74
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 22,051,409 10.61 11,007,080100.34
29 Organic chemicals 1,883,140 0.91 1,598,91417.78
30 Pharmaceutical products 24,840 0.01 1,4981,558.21
31 Fertilizers 0 0.00 14,471-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 199,253 0.10 250,568-20.48
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 137,190 0.07 115,00119.29
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 39,232 0.02 32,39421.11
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 69,785 0.03 25,454174.16
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 3,735,882 1.80 1,020,189266.20
39 Plastics and articles thereof 593,818 0.29 222,744166.59
40 Rubber and articles thereof 726,369 0.35 1,257,260-42.23
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 12,031 0.01 17,140-29.81
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4,083 0.00 7,229-43.52
45 Cork and articles of cork 0 0.00 0
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 31 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,093 0.00 384184.64
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 9,799 0.00 25,927-62.21
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 96 0.00 12,799-99.25
54 Man-made filaments 44,839 0.02 485,531-90.76
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 50,329-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0 0.00 1,148-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 24,192 0.01 7,410226.48
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 5,248 0.00 22,643-76.82
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,156 0.00 74056.22
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4,672 0.00 3261,333.13
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 6,803 0.00 6,6402.45
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 21,133 0.01 3116,695.18
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 265-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,868 0.00 573226.00
69 Ceramic products 11,310 0.01 20,055-43.61
70 Glass and glassware 5,678 0.00 7,490-24.19
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 754,055 0.36 381,984,255.26
72 Iron and steel 12,552,571 6.04 7,830,38160.31
73 Articles of iron or steel 397,820 0.19 659,399-39.67
74 Copper and articles thereof 0 0.00 355-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 548,994 0.26 1,474,877-62.78
79 Zinc and articles thereof 88,438 0.04 212,641-58.41
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 12,416 0.01 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 184,237 0.09 187,791-1.89
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 12,130 0.01 2,790334.77
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 6,262,798 3.01 12,733,914-50.82
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 1,220,326 0.59 1,842,174-33.76
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 169,938 0.08 593,412-71.36
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 11,099,160 5.34 17,733,302-37.41
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 307,204 0.15 237,24229.49
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 200 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 2,109 0.00 14,427-85.38
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2,157 0.00 1101,860.91
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 66,213 0.03 40,16364.86
SS Classified 0 0.00 149 342-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia