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

Russia’s Trade with Japan

In the 3rd quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with Japan totaled $5,935,003,526, up 18.07% ($908,485,583) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 totaled $3,712,857,540, up 25.77% ($760,793,461) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 totaled $2,222,145,986, up 7.12% ($147,692,122) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 was $1,490,711,554, a 69.86% increase ($613,101,339) over the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Japan was Russia’s 9th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (just as in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 3.4492% of Russia’s total trade (up from 3.4384% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Japan was Russia’s 9th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (just as in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 3.3093% of Russia’s total exports (down from 3.4584% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Japan was Russia’s 6th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (up from 7th in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 3.7113% of Russia’s total imports (up from 3.4104% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Japan

The major share of Russian exports to Japan 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) - 79.03% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (75.37% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 7.18% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (8.65% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 4.02% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (3.23% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 3.36% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (3.55% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.96% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (3.47% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.09% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (5.04% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Japan 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 $715,695,539;
  • 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 $53,830,676;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $21,135,063.

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

  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $146,884,812.
Russia’s exports to Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2018
over Q3 2017
01 Live animals 50 0.00 2,163-97.69
02 Meat and edible meat offal 67,502 0.00 33,91199.06
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 116,995,443 3.15 95,860,38022.05
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 3,976 0.00 0
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 338,800 0.01 617,500-45.13
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 490,520 0.01 360,61236.02
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,300 0.00 5,333-75.62
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 6,630 0.00 1,783271.85
10 Cereals 5,565,942 0.15 712,792680.86
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,806 0.00 100,816-98.21
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 181,356 0.00 287,225-36.86
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 6,998 0.00 3,50899.49
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 374,859 0.01 424,073-11.61
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,957 0.00 1,28052.89
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 167,347 0.00 2,4526,724.92
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 8,031 0.00 9,329-13.91
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 11,150 0.00 9,34519.32
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 78,760 0.00 108,023-27.09
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 24,517 0.00 35,274-30.50
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 352,811 0.01 10,9063,135.02
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 19,596 0.00 6,081,464-99.68
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,703,846 0.05 391,853334.82
26 Ores, slag and ash 24,187,312 0.65 32,053,804-24.54
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 2,908,207,618 78.33 2,192,512,07932.64
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 2,758,463 0.07 3,273,418-15.73
29 Organic chemicals 11,499,569 0.31 4,401,990161.24
30 Pharmaceutical products 27,000 0.00 1,4001,828.57
31 Fertilizers 133,052 0.00 2,799,558-95.25
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,929 0.00 13,417-78.17
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 203,772 0.01 6,9562,829.44
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 9,492 0.00 6,19053.34
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 198,439 0.01 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 252,552 0.01 170,79147.87
39 Plastics and articles thereof 109,271 0.00 232,491-53.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 8,838,243 0.24 8,449,0034.61
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 6,125 0.00 1833,246.99
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 11,274 0.00 1,0111,015.13
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 97,984,733 2.64 90,793,7987.92
45 Cork and articles of cork 119 0.00 0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 11,900,338 0.32 11,408,4164.31
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 101,444 0.00 74,80135.62
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 42,544 0.00 39,6777.23
55 Man-made staple fibers 165,313 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 161 0.00 4,343-96.29
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 72 0.00 99-27.27
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 41 0.00 598-93.14
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 81,889 0.00 23,507248.36
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 247,881 0.01 71,041248.93
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 58,945 0.00 66,975-11.99
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 150,321 0.00 128,98916.54
65 Headgear and parts thereof 5,171 0.00 4,32219.64
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 659 0.00 0
69 Ceramic products 19,036 0.00 13,12645.03
70 Glass and glassware 203,757 0.01 367,576-44.57
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 149,147,489 4.02 95,316,81356.48
72 Iron and steel 50,654,882 1.36 51,899,254-2.40
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,444,166 0.09 37,4129,106.05
75 Nickel and articles thereof 83,790 0.00 36,488129.64
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 207,703,930 5.59 200,010,9703.85
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 4,552,040 0.12 3,337,50536.39
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,608 0.00 219634.25
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 20,707 0.00 1,5651,223.13
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,944,264 0.05 385,809403.94
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 587,785 0.02 338,73073.53
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 254,280 0.01 219,86015.66
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 73,077 0.00 146,957,889-99.95
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 315,414 0.01 1,003,291-68.56
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 11,322 0.00 0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 26,380 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 36,963 0.00 301,720-87.75
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 51,344 0.00 17,943186.15
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3,318 0.00 366806.56
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0 0.00 517-100.00
SS Classified 100,134,049 2.70 218 14745,802.10

Russia’s Imports from Japan

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 78.97% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (80.96% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 11.80% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (11.11% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.93% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (3.12% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.08% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (1.06% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 over the 3rd 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) - an increase of $75,715,695;
  • 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 $19,400,513;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $18,111,911;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $12,475,337;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $11,050,709;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $9,373,665;
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles (HS code 96) - an increase of $8,864,496.

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

  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $20,106,197;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $12,019,456.
Russia’s imports from Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2018
over Q3 2017
02 Meat and edible meat offal 130,202 0.01 75,48572.49
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 3,443,481 0.15 912,214277.49
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,040 0.00 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 1,752 0.00 1,879-6.76
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 7,991 0.00 6,21128.66
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 11,643 0.00 7151,528.39
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 247,929 0.01 264,540-6.28
10 Cereals 97,384 0.00 117,995-17.47
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 16,037 0.00 14,39711.39
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 39,943 0.00 13,036206.41
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 64,211 0.00 108,065-40.58
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 28,144 0.00 7,424279.09
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 33,061 0.00 27,87018.63
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 7,212 0.00 10,132-28.82
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 207,313 0.01 308,567-32.81
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 99,613 0.00 174,210-42.82
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 273,649 0.01 149,14483.48
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 74,616 0.00 85,843-13.08
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 1,598,070 0.07 1,583,9180.89
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,085,191 0.09 1,481,20040.78
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0 0.00 10,072-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 12,059 0.00 339,117-96.44
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 68,836 0.00 40,95868.06
26 Ores, slag and ash 157,281 0.01 133,88117.48
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 16,916,127 0.76 14,919,01913.39
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 2,304,901 0.10 1,401,06864.51
29 Organic chemicals 7,219,889 0.32 6,199,75416.45
30 Pharmaceutical products 25,467,039 1.15 20,357,71725.10
31 Fertilizers 8,802 0.00 4,151112.05
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 4,841,554 0.22 5,386,638-10.12
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 16,703,290 0.75 12,713,99231.38
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 8,346,774 0.38 8,319,3960.33
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 459,075 0.02 1,125,345-59.21
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 219,339 0.01 294,714-25.58
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 14,562,925 0.66 15,225,115-4.35
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 14,284,749 0.64 11,985,53319.18
39 Plastics and articles thereof 39,202,374 1.76 29,828,70931.42
40 Rubber and articles thereof 128,652,083 5.79 117,601,3749.40
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 14 0.00 0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 359,723 0.02 271,85132.32
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0 0.00 12,882-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 75,364 0.00 70,6566.66
45 Cork and articles of cork 892 0.00 1,686-47.09
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 29 0.00 54-46.30
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,428,523 0.06 3,067,955-53.44
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 365,397 0.02 248,34047.14
50 Silk 16,616 0.00 20,747-19.91
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 5,433 0.00 1643,212.80
52 Cotton 11,424 0.00 90,931-87.44
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 1,115 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 3,005,367 0.14 3,725,280-19.33
55 Man-made staple fibers 13,483,493 0.61 14,049,179-4.03
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 4,027,082 0.18 1,536,589162.08
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 333,864 0.02 358,435-6.86
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 21,242 0.00 10,588100.62
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 635,052 0.03 460,80537.81
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 136,991 0.01 123,65110.79
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 440,518 0.02 319,05938.07
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 873,036 0.04 720,33021.20
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 648,496 0.03 444,66045.84
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 48,288 0.00 47,2042.30
65 Headgear and parts thereof 199,919 0.01 17,4291,047.05
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 24 0.00 4,369-99.45
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 934 0.00 3,887-75.97
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3,778,799 0.17 4,022,786-6.07
69 Ceramic products 896,315 0.04 826,0668.50
70 Glass and glassware 8,336,006 0.38 7,151,31916.57
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 612,466 0.03 916,472-33.17
72 Iron and steel 21,036,837 0.95 2,924,926619.23
73 Articles of iron or steel 40,771,938 1.83 34,131,37619.46
74 Copper and articles thereof 627,205 0.03 401,67156.15
75 Nickel and articles thereof 542,881 0.02 450,69620.45
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,332,625 0.06 1,434,054-7.07
78 Lead and articles thereof 1,175 0.00 2,486-52.74
79 Zinc and articles thereof 7,902 0.00 4,47876.46
80 Tin and articles thereof 5,035 0.00 5,804-13.25
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 191,615 0.01 324,999-41.04
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 11,775,881 0.53 16,245,095-27.51
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 10,997,458 0.49 8,887,72323.74
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 443,876,907 19.98 455,896,363-2.64
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 171,626,032 7.72 152,225,51912.74
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 21,364-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,039,656,482 46.79 963,940,7877.85
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 2,714,282 0.12 22,820,479-88.11
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 97,036,768 4.37 84,561,43114.75
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 1,077,682 0.05 1,646,964-34.57
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 1,463,887 0.07 1,069,91136.82
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 10,552,243 0.47 7,925,09333.15
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,932,731 0.09 1,257,49953.70
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 37,200,993 1.67 28,336,49731.28
SS Classified 79,426 0.00 185 877-57.27
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia