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

Russia’s Trade with North Korea

In the 3rd quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with North Korea was $6,447,792, down 50.87% ($6,674,977) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2018 were $5,823,912, down 50.15% ($5,860,107) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2018 were $623,880, down 56.64% ($814,870) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2018 was $5,200,032, a 49.24% decrease ($5,045,237) over the 3rd quarter of 2017.

North Korea was Russia’s 142nd largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (down from 129th in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0037% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0090% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

North Korea was Russia’s 130th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (down from 115th in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0052% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0137% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

North Korea was Russia’s 135th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (down from 125th in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0010% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0024% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to North Korea

The major share of Russian exports to North Korea 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) - 51.01% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (82.18% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 31.24% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (11.27% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 11.20% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (1.58% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 5.00% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (4.20% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

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

  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $940,617;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $279,288;
  • 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) - an increase of $142,382;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $28,775;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $21,630;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $17,499.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to North Korea 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 $6,659,444;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $152,972;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $131,206;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - a decrease of $118,940;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $51,504;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - a decrease of $43,302;
  • 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 $34,722;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $34,501;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $32,356;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $32,173.
Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
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 0 0.00 118,940-100.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 120-100.00
10 Cereals 0 0.00 152,972-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 224,113 3.85 258,614-13.34
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3,443 0.06 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 1,544,676 26.52 604,059155.72
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 8,000 0.14 21,116-62.11
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0 0.00 43,302-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0 0.00 12,633-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0 0.00 939-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 39,067 0.67 71,240-45.16
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 32,356-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 28,775 0.49 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 2,942,182 50.52 9,601,626-69.36
30 Pharmaceutical products 458,909 7.88 179,621155.49
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 22,147 0.38 5174,183.75
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 142,721 2.45 33942,000.59
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 301 0.01 122,408.33
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 268 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 66 0.00 186-64.52
39 Plastics and articles thereof 9,840 0.17 1,011873.29
40 Rubber and articles thereof 17,781 0.31 2,866520.41
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 769 0.01 233230.04
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 6 0.00 651-99.08
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,519 0.03 1,5090.66
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0 0.00 19-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 403 0.01 7,159-94.37
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 152-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 541 0.01 311,645.16
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 521 0.01 5,128-89.84
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 412 0.01 4,066-89.87
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 2,433-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 825 0.01 125560.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 17,677 0.30 1789,830.90
70 Glass and glassware 43 0.00 15186.67
72 Iron and steel 7,448 0.13 840786.67
73 Articles of iron or steel 30,830 0.53 38,328-19.56
74 Copper and articles thereof 35 0.00 68-48.53
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 75 0.00 966-92.24
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,908 0.03 2,477-22.97
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 8,628 0.15 5201,559.23
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 243,885 4.19 375,091-34.98
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 21,824 0.37 56,546-61.40
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 17,319 0.30 1,793865.92
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 3,099 0.05 54,603-94.32
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 5,038 0.09 3,09462.83
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0 0.00 6-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 300 0.01 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 16,747 0.29 3,399392.70
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 6-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,771 0.03 237647.26
SS Classified 0 0.00 21 877-100.00

Russia’s Imports from North Korea

The major share of Russian imports from North Korea 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) - 20.82% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (5.25% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 6.92% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (7.90% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.00% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (1.96% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.00% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (59.09% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

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

  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 92) - an increase of $80,305;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $78,243;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $2,850;
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 95) - an increase of $1,970.

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $802,942;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $67,300;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $47,174;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $28,257;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $18,861;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $4,139;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $3,969;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $2,973;
  • 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 $2,024.
Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2018
over Q3 2017
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 64-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 77 0.01 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 108 0.02 0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 515 0.08 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 559 0.09 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 175 0.03 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 28,257-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,850 0.46 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 2,894 0.46 4,740-38.95
39 Plastics and articles thereof 37,385 5.99 104,685-64.29
40 Rubber and articles thereof 40 0.01 4,179-99.04
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 241 0.04 13775.91
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 47,174-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 802,942-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 23-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 427 0.07 0
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 28 0.00 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 761 0.12 4,730-83.91
74 Copper and articles thereof 0 0.00 684-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0 0.00 69-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 100,130 16.05 21,887357.49
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 16,892 2.71 18,916-10.70
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 6,911 1.11 25,772-73.18
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 5,970 0.96 8,943-33.24
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 445,670 71.44 365,36521.98
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2,153 0.35 1831,076.50
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 94 0.02 0
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia