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

Russia’s Trade with the United Kingdom

In the 3rd quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with the United Kingdom totaled $3,644,765,264, up 2.30% ($81,854,884) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to the United Kingdom in the 3rd quarter of 2018 totaled $2,723,114,632, up 7.20% ($182,941,044) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from the United Kingdom in the 3rd quarter of 2018 were $921,650,632, down 9.88% ($101,086,160) from the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with the United Kingdom in the 3rd quarter of 2018 was $1,801,464,000, a 18.72% increase ($284,027,204) over the 3rd quarter of 2017.

The United Kingdom was Russia’s 14th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (down from 13th in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 2.1182% of Russia’s total trade (down from 2.4372% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

The United Kingdom was Russia’s 12th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (just as in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 2.4271% of Russia’s total exports (down from 2.9758% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

The United Kingdom was Russia’s 15th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2018 (down from 12th in the 3rd quarter of 2017), accounting for 1.5393% of Russia’s total imports (down from 1.6814% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to the United Kingdom

The major share of Russian exports to the United Kingdom 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) - 80.11% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (55.01% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.91% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (2.52% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 5.80% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (35.78% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.57% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (2.90% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.07% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (1.93% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.23% of Russia’s total exports to the United Kingdom (0.81% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to the United Kingdom 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 $789,059,322;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $68,616,353;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $23,879,434;
  • 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 $22,890,970.

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

  • 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) - a decrease of $751,045,078.
Russia’s exports to the United Kingdom in the 3rd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
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 5,810,923 0.21 4,226,12437.50
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 218,924 0.01 300,558-27.16
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 90,552 0.00 52,50072.48
10 Cereals 66,813 0.00 634,583-89.47
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 1,066-100.00
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 852,069 0.03 265,817220.55
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 64,422 0.00 77,510-16.89
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,706 0.00 7,219-76.37
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 331,326 0.01 42,436680.77
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 100,219 0.00 107,611-6.87
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 556,233 0.02 26,2822,016.40
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 8,892,288 0.33 7,768,75414.46
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 3,653,849 0.13 1,662,833119.74
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 8,839-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 3,192 0.00 2,26141.18
26 Ores, slag and ash 12,108,079 0.44 17,010,042-28.82
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 2,169,501,300 79.67 1,380,441,97857.16
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 68,206,937 2.50 45,315,96750.51
29 Organic chemicals 2,749,264 0.10 4,173,362-34.12
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,203,067 0.04 4,410,187-72.72
31 Fertilizers 13,553,103 0.50 7,509,41280.48
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 20,614 0.00 37,436-44.94
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 664,420 0.02 1,784,601-62.77
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 125,980 0.00 938,486-86.58
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 9,771 0.00 21,344-54.22
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0 0.00 310-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,665,705 0.06 2,297,184-27.49
39 Plastics and articles thereof 7,698,447 0.28 4,155,34085.27
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,274,349 0.05 2,933,068-56.55
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 105,151 0.00 69,58651.11
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 44,441,680 1.63 38,780,05214.60
45 Cork and articles of cork 8,566 0.00 0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 1,695,178 0.06 152,6171,010.74
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 10,109,334 0.37 9,845,8692.68
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 115,701 0.00 192,721-39.96
54 Man-made filaments 221 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 157 0.00 4,240-96.30
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 44 0.00 459-90.41
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 5 0.00 17-70.59
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 41 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 217,857 0.01 181,43220.08
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 801,170 0.03 743,9907.69
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 21,643 0.00 276,003-92.16
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 148,870 0.01 67,815119.52
65 Headgear and parts thereof 33,646 0.00 17,74089.66
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,179,130 0.08 1,400,76155.57
69 Ceramic products 470,981 0.02 448,9034.92
70 Glass and glassware 2,233,294 0.08 1,231,30981.38
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 157,934,787 5.80 908,979,865-82.63
72 Iron and steel 41,239,661 1.51 17,360,227137.55
73 Articles of iron or steel 873,480 0.03 988,231-11.61
74 Copper and articles thereof 95,320,171 3.50 26,703,818256.95
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0 0.00 65,443-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 11,542,226 0.42 5,973,73093.22
78 Lead and articles thereof 0 0.00 2,660,847-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 11,545,489 0.42 10,221,05612.96
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 372,498 0.01 4,1418,895.36
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 122,637 0.00 8,4331,354.25
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 12,706,908 0.47 10,479,04621.26
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 6,181,371 0.23 3,716,32566.33
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 18,632 0.00 21,251-12.32
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,339,176 0.09 826,940182.87
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 7,010,066 0.26 371,6271,786.32
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 5,254,444 0.19 5,246,8480.14
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 162,558 0.01 91,29078.07
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 21,470 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 1,095,678 0.04 1,034,7115.89
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,141,402 0.04 468,416143.67
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 45,231 0.00 18,427145.46
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 376,353 0.01 35,001975.26
SS Classified 5,804,173 0.21 5 271 29110.11

Russia’s Imports from the United Kingdom

The major share of Russian imports from the United Kingdom 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) - 47.86% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (47.03% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 31.89% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (32.29% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 10.98% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (11.34% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.05% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (2.98% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.82% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (1.95% in the 3rd quarter of 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.34% of Russia’s total imports from the United Kingdom (1.11% in the 3rd quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from the United Kingdom 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) - an increase of $4,003,961;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $3,733,355;
  • 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 $2,916,555.

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

  • 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 $40,734,358;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $24,556,354;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $8,729,332;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $6,126,540;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $6,123,975;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $5,432,788;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $5,027,596;
  • 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 (HS code 94) - a decrease of $4,727,118;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $4,539,730;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $4,525,406.
Russia’s imports from the United Kingdom in the 3rd quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2018
over Q3 2017
01 Live animals 635,287 0.07 844,639-24.79
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 1,594-100.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,838,609 0.20 1,282,86543.32
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 28,739 0.00 76,994-62.67
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 9,658 0.00 7,86622.78
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,588,548 0.17 1,837,017-13.53
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 192,042 0.02 73,633160.81
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 368,092 0.04 114,577221.26
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 1,009,500 0.11 1,640,872-38.48
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 1,590-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 1,259,986 0.14 657,40291.66
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,330,000 0.14 1,233,9307.79
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,157,240 0.13 985,50017.43
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 3,992,033 0.43 3,217,55024.07
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 2,472,575 0.27 1,885,78031.12
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 10,855,649 1.18 13,392,535-18.94
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 65,011,393 7.05 73,740,725-11.84
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 5,991,249 0.65 6,581,560-8.97
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 3,412,773 0.37 8,440,369-59.57
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,214,357 0.13 1,287,621-5.69
26 Ores, slag and ash 26,267 0.00 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,719,139 0.19 7,845,679-78.09
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 4,409,947 0.48 5,208,326-15.33
29 Organic chemicals 9,832,248 1.07 14,371,978-31.59
30 Pharmaceutical products 105,572,434 11.45 130,128,788-18.87
31 Fertilizers 24,382 0.00 68,570-64.44
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 20,186,689 2.19 26,310,664-23.28
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 36,445,609 3.95 40,971,015-11.05
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 16,089,033 1.75 15,624,5882.97
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,934,585 0.32 2,766,7096.07
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 50,970 0.01 0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 2,698,501 0.29 1,261,697113.88
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 32,776,986 3.56 35,095,537-6.61
39 Plastics and articles thereof 47,339,523 5.14 45,602,3733.81
40 Rubber and articles thereof 15,512,392 1.68 12,877,81820.46
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 52,291 0.01 6,819666.84
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 379,140 0.04 368,9862.75
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 216,223 0.02 209,7623.08
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 252,583 0.03 190,88832.32
45 Cork and articles of cork 10,368 0.00 1,237738.16
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 510 0.00 0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 183 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 11,597,291 1.26 13,518,491-14.21
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,945,814 0.54 6,255,495-20.94
50 Silk 27,583 0.00 122,906-77.56
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 87,256 0.01 53,63962.67
52 Cotton 606,155 0.07 344,10876.15
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 50,697 0.01 101,879-50.24
54 Man-made filaments 2,443,076 0.27 1,896,29628.83
55 Man-made staple fibers 241,955 0.03 240,9720.41
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 871,076 0.09 1,216,458-28.39
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 1,608,714 0.17 901,65878.42
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 198,961 0.02 56,396252.79
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 449,866 0.05 362,67624.04
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 83,644 0.01 86,677-3.50
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,235,188 0.13 780,60058.24
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,065,004 0.12 1,155,395-7.82
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2,269,582 0.25 2,975,882-23.73
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 973,212 0.11 907,9917.18
65 Headgear and parts thereof 154,321 0.02 119,02629.65
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 6,314 0.00 18,462-65.80
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 16,315 0.00 4473,549.89
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3,056,223 0.33 2,960,2533.24
69 Ceramic products 863,963 0.09 1,998,870-56.78
70 Glass and glassware 2,234,321 0.24 2,328,432-4.04
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 7,695,984 0.84 4,779,42961.02
72 Iron and steel 2,603,810 0.28 2,093,14324.40
73 Articles of iron or steel 16,520,837 1.79 17,372,487-4.90
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,578,222 0.17 1,036,28952.30
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,337,684 0.15 1,397,904-4.31
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,026,574 0.22 3,731,872-45.70
78 Lead and articles thereof 513 0.00 114,662-99.55
79 Zinc and articles thereof 177,952 0.02 96,49784.41
80 Tin and articles thereof 8,154 0.00 6,10033.67
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 623,371 0.07 796,604-21.75
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,666,543 0.18 2,015,711-17.32
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,589,079 0.17 1,814,160-12.41
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 187,975,707 20.40 183,971,7462.18
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 40,714,069 4.42 81,448,427-50.01
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 132,591 0.01 304,717-56.49
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 171,389,668 18.60 167,656,3132.23
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 2,545,776 0.28 7,978,564-68.09
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 38,307,577 4.16 39,630,522-3.34
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 50,807 0.01 6,348700.36
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 47,567 0.01 59,249-19.72
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 4,098,794 0.44 8,825,912-53.56
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 825,979 0.09 513,66260.80
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,144,576 0.12 726,34457.58
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 36,999 0.00 6,619458.98
SS Classified 4,567,535 0.50 1 734 449163.34
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia