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Russian trade in goods with Afghanistan in Q3 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 third quarter of 2018: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Afghanistan

In the 3rd quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with Afghanistan was $20,210,538, down 42.22% ($14,769,497) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 were $19,282,675, down 43.97% ($15,130,899) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 totaled $927,863, up 63.80% ($361,402) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 was $18,354,812, a 45.77% decrease ($15,492,301) over the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Afghanistan was Russia’s 124th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (down from 107th in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0117% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0239% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 107th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (down from 92nd in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0172% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0403% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 128th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (up from 134th in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0015% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0009% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Afghanistan

The major share of Russian exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2017) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 39.50% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (20.05% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 27.17% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (22.85% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 20.02% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (45.65% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 4.95% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (3.69% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.48% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (4.56% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.50% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (3.07% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 over the 3rd quarter of 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $468,771;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $456,384;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $246,741;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - an increase of $201,938;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $179,432;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $170,263;
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - an increase of $140,143;
  • 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 $81,428.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 over the 3rd 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 $11,849,972;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $2,762,959;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $743,531;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $536,504;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $370,078;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $217,952;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $202,171;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $177,981;
  • 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 (HS code 34) - a decrease of $168,977;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $161,955.
Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2018
over Q3 2017
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 179,432 0.93 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 26,821 0.14 563,325-95.24
10 Cereals 9,721 0.05 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 4,507,175 23.37 7,270,134-38.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0 0.00 6,999-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 471,136 2.44 14,7523,093.71
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0 0.00 9,717-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 44,054 0.23 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 3,859,768 20.02 15,709,740-75.43
29 Organic chemicals 0 0.00 370,078-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 200,584 1.04 402,755-50.20
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 164,425 0.85 333,402-50.68
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 332,643 1.73 192,50072.80
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 5,860 0.03 0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 62,269 0.32 11,467443.03
40 Rubber and articles thereof 98,233 0.51 260,188-62.25
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 7,367,055 38.21 6,898,2846.80
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 249,508 1.29 2,7678,917.28
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0 0.00 10-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 679 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,269 0.01 22,294-94.31
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 2,389-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 201,938 1.05 0
72 Iron and steel 270,501 1.40 1,014,032-73.32
73 Articles of iron or steel 211,243 1.10 40,980415.48
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,226 0.01 631,846.03
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 577,022 2.99 794,974-27.42
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 234,735 1.22 153,30753.11
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 129,498 0.67 307,479-57.88
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 13,880 0.07 13,4033.56
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 0 0.00 335-100.00
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 18,200-100.00
SS Classified 62,000 0.32 0

Russia’s Imports from Afghanistan

The major share of Russian imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2017) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 99.37% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (77.46% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.04% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (15.74% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 over the 3rd 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 $565,503;
  • 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 $4,539.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 over the 3rd quarter of 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $82,282;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $78,007;
  • 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 $10,751.
Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2018
over Q3 2017
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 899,424 96.94 333,921169.35
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 22,594 2.44 104,876-78.46
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0 0.00 7-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 4,539 0.49 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 910 0.10 1,486-38.76
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 396 0.04 78,403-99.49
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 0 0.00 10,751-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 9-100.00
SS Classified 0 0.00 37 008-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia