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

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In the 3rd quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia was $275,235,360, down 17.66% ($59,040,620) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2018 were $198,333,658, down 34.75% ($105,638,491) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2018 totaled $76,901,702, up 153.77% ($46,597,871) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2018 was $121,431,956, a 55.63% decrease ($152,236,362) over the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 67th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (down from 57th in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.1600% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.2287% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 61st largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (down from 46th in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.1768% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.3561% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 60th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (up from 81st in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.1284% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0498% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian exports to Saudi Arabia 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) - 82.00% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (48.09% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.76% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (0.99% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 5.20% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (1.39% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.88% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (3.19% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.38% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (45.14% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.24% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (0.64% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $13,348,806;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $9,293,871;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $5,549,541;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $2,461,791;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $1,096,363;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $984,038;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $905,975;
  • 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 $888,929;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $883,600;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $616,933.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia 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 $134,471,190;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $6,098,641.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2018
over Q3 2017
02 Meat and edible meat offal 2,461,791 1.24 0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 3,457-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 553,156 0.28 1,029,251-46.26
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 29,700 0.01 0
10 Cereals 131,668,842 66.39 118,320,03611.28
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 20,781,100 10.48 19,897,5004.44
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 224,111 0.11 32,366592.43
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 6,862,582 3.46 6,910,298-0.69
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 59,673 0.03 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 24 0.00 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 2,745,919 1.38 137,217,109-98.00
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 444,375 0.22 15,6772,734.57
29 Organic chemicals 133,779 0.07 69,07293.68
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,190,175 0.60 284,200318.78
31 Fertilizers 0 0.00 151,241-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 120,214-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 176,341 0.09 6,274,982-97.19
39 Plastics and articles thereof 17,412 0.01 25,224-30.97
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,744,205 1.89 2,760,16735.65
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 129 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,967,842 1.50 2,350,90926.24
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 266,877 0.13 359,461-25.76
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 7,077,870 3.57 1,528,329363.11
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0 0.00 1,680-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 118,386 0.06 283,924-58.30
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 6 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 309,974 0.16 285,8928.42
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 2 0.00 922-99.78
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 25,514 0.01 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 5,770 0.00 761658.21
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 631-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 708 0.00 0
69 Ceramic products 0 0.00 1-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 967 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 3,860,122 1.95 2,763,75939.67
73 Articles of iron or steel 9,474,755 4.78 180,8845,138.03
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,733 0.00 1419,421.43
75 Nickel and articles thereof 7,580 0.00 10,034-24.46
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 278 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 38,646 0.02 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 23,960 0.01 49,958-52.04
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 972 0.00 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,094,953 0.55 1,140,112-3.96
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 979,203 0.49 90,274984.70
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 43,487 0.02 3,0741,314.67
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 347,940 0.18 714,513-51.30
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 300 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 21,099 0.01 41,522-49.19
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 384,864 0.19 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 238-100.00
SS Classified 185,536 0.09 1 054 463-82.40

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian imports from Saudi Arabia 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) - 97.60% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (94.30% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.15% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (2.97% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.80% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.37% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia 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 $40,609,254;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $2,928,674;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $2,090,649;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $510,170;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - an increase of $418,091.

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

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia 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 0 0.00 106-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 52-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 27,303-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,141 0.00 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0 0.00 11-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 33,160 0.04 11,853179.76
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 20,898 0.03 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 168,125-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 17,731,191 23.06 14,802,51719.78
30 Pharmaceutical products 2,090,649 2.72 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,483,092 1.93 972,92252.44
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 22,252 0.03 0
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 19,012 0.02 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 266,618 0.35 48,727447.17
39 Plastics and articles thereof 53,116,983 69.07 12,507,729324.67
40 Rubber and articles thereof 323,826 0.42 243,15433.18
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 750-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 24,434 0.03 12203,516.67
54 Man-made filaments 885,887 1.15 899,785-1.54
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 125,154-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 0 0.00 11,270-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 2,408 0.00 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 7,125 0.01 228,312-96.88
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 604,169 0.79 186,078224.69
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 259,653 0.34 48,037440.53
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 525 0.00 9,268-94.34
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 6,525 0.01 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,154 0.00 12,666-82.99
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia