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

Russia’s Trade with Belgium

In the 3rd quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with Belgium totaled $2,604,294,473, up 10.91% ($256,129,737) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to Belgium in the 3rd quarter of 2018 totaled $2,019,257,024, up 31.88% ($488,079,410) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from Belgium in the 3rd quarter of 2018 were $585,037,449, down 28.39% ($231,949,673) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Belgium in the 3rd quarter of 2018 was $1,434,219,575, a 100.82% increase ($720,029,083) over the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Belgium was Russia’s 16th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (up from 17th in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 1.5135% of Russia’s total trade (down from 1.6063% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Belgium was Russia’s 15th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (up from 17th in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 1.7998% of Russia’s total exports (up from 1.7938% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Belgium was Russia’s 23rd largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (down from 19th in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.9771% of Russia’s total imports (down from 1.3431% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Belgium

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 44.73% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (41.19% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 30.44% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (37.18% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 17.10% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (12.87% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.10% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (4.14% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.42% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (1.68% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.07% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (1.72% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Belgium 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) - an increase of $282,210,638;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $152,388,001;
  • 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 $45,408,057;
  • 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 $14,942,965;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $12,007,342;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $10,135,215;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $6,505,360.

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $12,894,048;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $10,425,783;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $9,927,049;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $8,183,090;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - a decrease of $6,352,478.
Russia’s exports to Belgium in the 3rd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2018
over Q3 2017
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 990,533 0.05 871,47313.66
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 107,783 0.01 245,287-56.06
10 Cereals 7,664,938 0.38 1,159,578561.01
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 18,433 0.00 29,626-37.78
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 18,380,096 0.91 20,859,496-11.89
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 66,937 0.00 74,951-10.69
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 226,817 0.01 320,257-29.18
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 545,424 0.03 1,279,550-57.37
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0 0.00 752,916-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 47,760 0.00 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 165,520 0.01 143,00815.74
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 526,975 0.03 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 27,917,527 1.38 27,265,5022.39
26 Ores, slag and ash 17,799,586 0.88 28,225,369-36.94
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 857,432,298 42.46 575,221,66049.06
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 33,721,667 1.67 18,778,70279.57
29 Organic chemicals 17,482,570 0.87 5,475,228219.30
30 Pharmaceutical products 393,266 0.02 0
31 Fertilizers 19,216,818 0.95 9,081,603111.60
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 205,044 0.01 95,212115.36
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 118,932 0.01 356,858-66.67
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 4,756,799 0.24 5,05394,038.12
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 60,964 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 46,159 0.00 4,352960.64
39 Plastics and articles thereof 5,955,186 0.29 18,849,234-68.41
40 Rubber and articles thereof 771,105 0.04 10,698,154-92.79
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 12,976 0.00 4192,996.90
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 13,460,242 0.67 21,643,332-37.81
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 2,871,873 0.14 1,409,230103.79
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 5,266,726 0.26 3,294,93959.84
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,497 0.00 9,020-83.40
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 101,524 0.01 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0 0.00 557,631-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 155 0.00 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 1-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 5 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,183 0.00 2,448-51.67
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 327,531 0.02 2,31414,054.32
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 12,395 0.00 5072,344.77
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 69-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 3,368 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 519,845 0.03 571,214-8.99
69 Ceramic products 8,988 0.00 70,113-87.18
70 Glass and glassware 3,947,903 0.20 3,861,1402.25
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 614,658,969 30.44 569,250,9127.98
72 Iron and steel 340,722,427 16.87 188,334,42680.91
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,798,966 0.09 2,020,424-10.96
74 Copper and articles thereof 636 0.00 6,353,114-99.99
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,740,038 0.09 2,70464,250.52
78 Lead and articles thereof 909,546 0.05 227,245300.25
79 Zinc and articles thereof 2,301 0.00 2,952-22.05
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 151,978 0.01 121,30825.28
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 302 0.00 3,096-90.25
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 26,850 0.00 46,501-42.26
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 12,040,516 0.60 11,703,9182.88
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 370,093 0.02 428,669-13.66
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 58,621-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 3,418,982 0.17 877,029289.84
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 54,684 0.00 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,462,360 0.07 383,564281.26
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 3,446 0.00 675,043.28
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 8,408 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 127,755 0.01 43,425194.20
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 69,017-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 6,094-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0 0.00 2,521-100.00
SS Classified 603,419 0.03 26 5612,171.82

Russia’s Imports from Belgium

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 48.25% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (36.35% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 19.95% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (40.87% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 8.85% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (5.71% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 7.35% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (5.68% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 5.68% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (4.50% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 4.34% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (2.98% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.67% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (1.59% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 1.02% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (0.20% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $15,116,516;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $5,298,461;
  • 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 $4,356,906;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $2,408,888;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $2,224,872.

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $196,091,504;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $14,709,370;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $14,337,459;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $7,986,477;
  • 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 $5,926,227;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $5,664,354;
  • 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 $5,539,344;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $5,531,042;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $3,621,376;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - a decrease of $2,839,240;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $1,836,338.
Russia’s imports from Belgium in the 3rd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2018
over Q3 2017
01 Live animals 346,272 0.06 433,979-20.21
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 372,402 0.06 596,044-37.52
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 986 0.00 1,158-14.85
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 295,907 0.05 365,831-19.11
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 2,042 0.00 6,429-68.24
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 835,975 0.14 1,031,044-18.92
10 Cereals 1,376 0.00 1,763-21.95
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,744,467 0.30 1,958,540-10.93
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 26,274 0.00 94,134-72.09
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 151,085 0.03 164,403-8.10
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 26 0.00 120-78.33
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 4,119,153 0.70 5,160,517-20.18
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 573,953 0.10 494,20216.14
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,482,448 0.42 2,008,33223.61
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 8,129,174 1.39 8,253,606-1.51
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 5,917,127 1.01 6,004,660-1.46
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 4,243,593 0.73 3,105,01236.67
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 3,087,991 0.53 2,891,7556.79
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 12,521,705 2.14 7,223,24473.35
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 6,908,046 1.18 6,657,4423.76
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 24,926 0.00 213,617-88.33
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 122,198 0.02 389,245-68.61
26 Ores, slag and ash 6,405,256 1.09 3,996,36860.28
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 26,702,592 4.56 32,366,946-17.50
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 5,571,795 0.95 5,305,1235.03
29 Organic chemicals 31,885,373 5.45 29,660,5017.50
30 Pharmaceutical products 47,885,587 8.19 51,506,963-7.03
31 Fertilizers 844,726 0.14 906,394-6.80
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 21,901,828 3.74 23,738,166-7.74
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 12,659,558 2.16 20,646,035-38.68
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 25,555,706 4.37 31,095,050-17.81
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 4,529,605 0.77 4,154,6339.03
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 8,400,512 1.44 7,846,3937.06
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 27,334,401 4.67 41,671,860-34.41
39 Plastics and articles thereof 89,833,388 15.36 74,716,87220.23
40 Rubber and articles thereof 5,864,527 1.00 5,765,3271.72
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 547 0.00 7,519-92.73
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 292,722 0.05 259,60512.76
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 2,386 0.00 2,1789.55
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 3,187,069 0.54 4,221,053-24.50
45 Cork and articles of cork 1 0.00 0
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 71 0.00 1,945-96.35
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 5,475,588 0.94 4,841,48513.10
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,124,760 0.19 3,964,000-71.63
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 19,005 0.00 9,270105.02
52 Cotton 26,426 0.00 28,353-6.80
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 119,584 0.02 113,0375.79
54 Man-made filaments 2,754,784 0.47 1,832,78250.31
55 Man-made staple fibers 2,026,498 0.35 2,574,419-21.28
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,567,791 0.27 1,631,811-3.92
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 6,546,637 1.12 7,416,085-11.72
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 178,585 0.03 128,05339.46
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2,919,996 0.50 2,609,14011.91
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 1,694,983 0.29 1,208,15440.30
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 75,810 0.01 264,616-71.35
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 140,400 0.02 225,286-37.68
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 7,278,775 1.24 6,334,61114.90
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 13 0.00 4,693-99.72
65 Headgear and parts thereof 17,615 0.00 2,268676.68
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 2,814 0.00 2,55710.05
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 1,194 0.00 1,439-17.03
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,756,890 0.30 2,071,773-15.20
69 Ceramic products 1,596,605 0.27 2,346,037-31.94
70 Glass and glassware 5,857,947 1.00 4,211,04839.11
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 5,976,496 1.02 1,619,590269.01
72 Iron and steel 30,161,835 5.16 29,526,5652.15
73 Articles of iron or steel 6,754,210 1.15 12,285,252-45.02
74 Copper and articles thereof 501,116 0.09 523,748-4.32
75 Nickel and articles thereof 76,933 0.01 161,693-52.42
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,150,271 0.20 1,556,176-26.08
79 Zinc and articles thereof 482,849 0.08 117,412311.24
80 Tin and articles thereof 53,440 0.01 42,99124.31
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,592,571 0.27 524,907203.40
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 701,131 0.12 681,8312.83
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,539,859 0.26 1,011,34452.26
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 69,171,456 11.82 265,262,960-73.92
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 15,174,389 2.59 21,100,616-28.09
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 62,365 0.01 156,597-60.17
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 28,083,664 4.80 42,793,034-34.37
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 426,787 0.07 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,784,382 0.65 4,581,255-17.39
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 38,880 0.01 2,6801,350.75
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 360 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 1,019,144 0.17 770,71432.23
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,453,554 0.25 1,266,92014.73
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 4,844,601 0.83 6,219,027-22.10
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0 0.00 7,159-100.00
SS Classified 39,680 0.01 29 72633.49
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia