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Russian trade with Australia in 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 Australia in 2018: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Australia

In 2018, Russia’s trade with Australia totaled $812,384,967, up 28.75% ($181,415,542) from 2017.

Russia’s exports to Australia in 2018 totaled $141,046,147, up 16.85% ($20,338,613) from 2017.

Russia’s imports from Australia in 2018 totaled $671,338,820, up 31.57% ($161,076,929) from 2017.

Russia’s trade deficit with Australia in 2018 was $530,292,673, a 36.13% increase ($140,738,316) over 2017.

Australia was Russia’s 72nd largest trading partner in 2018 (up from 74th in 2017), accounting for 0.1181% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.1080% in 2017).

Australia was Russia’s 97th largest export market in 2018 (down from 94th in 2017), accounting for 0.0313% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0338% in 2017).

Australia was Russia’s 48th largest supplier in 2018 (up from 54th in 2017), accounting for 0.2819% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.2248% in 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Australia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 37.93% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (8.12% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 32.39% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (30.44% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 13.95% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (7.92% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 6.02% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (5.68% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.99% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (4.78% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 2.62% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (2.48% in 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Australia in 2018 over 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $27,336,996;
  • 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 $16,855,348;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $10,121,750;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $9,091,062;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $1,499,706;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $1,448,282;
  • 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 $557,761.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Australia in 2018 over 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 $544,132.
Russia’s exports to Australia in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2018
over 2017
02 Meat and edible meat offal 0 0.00 5,000-100.00
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 33,575 0.02 7,063375.36
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 123-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 67 0.00 5717.54
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 3,229 0.00 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 408,274 0.29 21,7421,777.81
10 Cereals 226 0.00 95,815-99.76
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 50,418 0.04 69,771-27.74
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 26,891 0.02 5704,617.72
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 33,735 0.02 48,372-30.26
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 5,238 0.00 9,018-41.92
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 196,317 0.14 150,89730.10
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 147,467 0.10 129,67313.72
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 38,218 0.03 234,730-83.72
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 30,909 0.02 24,49626.18
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 433,073 0.31 400,0588.25
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 164,897 0.12 59,394177.63
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,128,549 1.51 1,736,36222.59
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0 0.00 93-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,154 0.00 1,0846.46
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 19,680,234 13.95 9,558,484105.89
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 20,465,065 14.51 3,609,717466.94
29 Organic chemicals 1,707,125 1.21 1,979,692-13.77
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 13,337-100.00
31 Fertilizers 29,932,876 21.22 2,595,8801,053.09
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 651,746 0.46 821,865-20.70
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 38,044 0.03 24,05658.15
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 56,188 0.04 2,6162,047.86
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 15,924 0.01 3,904307.89
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 3,353 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 9,733 0.01 47,865-79.67
39 Plastics and articles thereof 260,085 0.18 228,70013.72
40 Rubber and articles thereof 352,144 0.25 477,301-26.22
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 7,379 0.01 1,479398.92
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 44,338,508 31.44 35,247,44625.79
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,285,052 0.91 1,435,764-10.50
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 54,457 0.04 57,353-5.05
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 2,348 0.00 0
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 79,382 0.06 75,8034.72
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 285 0.00 95200.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 22 0.00 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 484 0.00 149224.83
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 87,977 0.06 45,39393.81
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 30,858 0.02 44,599-30.81
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 8,698 0.01 6,69030.01
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 375,650 0.27 293,35028.06
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 170,425 0.12 149,64213.89
65 Headgear and parts thereof 2,097 0.00 773171.28
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 51,410 0.04 22,530128.18
69 Ceramic products 26,655 0.02 2,570937.16
70 Glass and glassware 965,566 0.68 732,66931.79
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 53,761 0.04 6,311751.86
72 Iron and steel 1,229,928 0.87 1,525,327-19.37
73 Articles of iron or steel 198,184 0.14 395,133-49.84
74 Copper and articles thereof 13,889 0.01 4,122236.95
75 Nickel and articles thereof 33 0.00 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 4,135,140 2.93 2,686,85853.90
78 Lead and articles thereof 108 0.00 1008.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 2,796 0.00 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,411,055 1.00 1,108,79127.26
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 42,545 0.03 45,626-6.75
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 2,454,505 1.74 2,370,3543.55
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 2,492,154 1.77 1,934,39328.83
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 2,761 0.00 2,39415.33
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,529,338 1.79 1,029,632145.65
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 86,332-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,007,520 0.71 1,429,578-29.52
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 214 0.00 77177.92
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 50,580 0.04 1,5503,163.23
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 920,044 0.65 1,464,176-37.16
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 130,448 0.09 67,61592.93
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,800 0.00 1,355106.64
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 6,337 0.00 73,770-91.41
SS Classified 0 0.00 46 000 000-100.00

Russia’s Imports from Australia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 69.90% of Russia’s total imports from Australia (76.02% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 13.26% of Russia’s total imports from Australia (4.55% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 12.54% of Russia’s total imports from Australia (14.62% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.76% of Russia’s total imports from Australia (1.93% in 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Australia in 2018 over 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 $77,237,077;
  • Live animals (HS code 01) - an increase of $66,919,550;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $8,550,952;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $2,789,170;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $2,056,901.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Australia in 2018 over 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes (HS code 35) - a decrease of $2,631,201.
Russia’s imports from Australia in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2018
over 2017
01 Live animals 66,919,550 9.97 0
02 Meat and edible meat offal 7,191,915 1.07 7,317,637-1.72
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 17,755 0.00 22,105-19.68
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 17,737 0.00 22,890-22.51
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 5,942 0.00 6,904-13.93
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 24,276 0.00 44,896-45.93
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 195 0.00 5,605-96.52
10 Cereals 551,938 0.08 352,90156.40
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,584 0.00 1,5065.18
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,537,895 0.23 1,676,372-8.26
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 48,982 0.01 3,4761,309.15
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 34,540 0.01 1,538,937-97.76
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 14,394 0.00 6172,232.90
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 37,662 0.01 65,100-42.15
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 64,921 0.01 100,052-35.11
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 158,132 0.02 313,072-49.49
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 288,173 0.04 364,920-21.03
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 10,240,423 1.53 8,309,03723.24
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 1,880,609 0.28 3,054,011-38.42
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 4,456,025 0.66 4,413,7370.96
26 Ores, slag and ash 51,480 0.01 114,946-55.21
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 17,711 0.00 15,14916.91
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 438,543,408 65.32 361,306,33121.38
29 Organic chemicals 3,263,749 0.49 474,579587.71
30 Pharmaceutical products 4,885,190 0.73 4,088,17619.50
31 Fertilizers 1,442 0.00 63,001-97.71
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,367,095 0.20 369,676269.81
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 2,752,286 0.41 1,825,19750.79
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 875,927 0.13 711,57323.10
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 6,669,014 0.99 9,300,215-28.29
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 6,101,416 0.91 5,308,38614.94
39 Plastics and articles thereof 3,482,019 0.52 3,195,6978.96
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,341,784 0.20 1,249,8527.36
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 5,119,752 0.76 4,713,4598.62
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 16,830 0.00 6,544157.18
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 38,432 0.01 1,0493,563.68
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 51,668 0.01 26,65093.88
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 222,046 0.03 133,76566.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0 0.00 1,385-100.00
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 462 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 12 0.00 0
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 718-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 4,727,223 0.70 3,471,08836.19
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 47,637-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 61,595 0.01 66,106-6.82
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 16,476 0.00 91,173-81.93
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 95,268 0.01 130,964-27.26
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 18,276 0.00 10,28177.76
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 14,274 0.00 43,304-67.04
65 Headgear and parts thereof 262 0.00 463-43.41
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 1,008 0.00 1,184-14.86
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 52,608 0.01 49,5906.09
69 Ceramic products 177,225 0.03 92,20492.21
70 Glass and glassware 942,185 0.14 742,75226.85
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 81,520 0.01 53,72651.73
72 Iron and steel 49,661 0.01 7796,274.97
73 Articles of iron or steel 9,820,757 1.46 8,270,20418.75
74 Copper and articles thereof 205,871 0.03 185,99510.69
75 Nickel and articles thereof 148,804 0.02 158,115-5.89
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 50,575 0.01 110,346-54.17
78 Lead and articles thereof 193,731 0.03 448,759-56.83
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 9,509 0.00 10,485-9.31
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 974,792 0.15 654,80148.87
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 332,277 0.05 21,8281,422.25
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 51,174,129 7.62 42,623,17720.06
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 8,362,763 1.25 9,704,771-13.83
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 122,410 0.02 57,414113.21
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4,909,668 0.73 2,852,76772.10
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 4,012-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 19,592,606 2.92 19,333,1651.34
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 9,256 0.00 3842,310.42
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 538,936 0.08 277,02694.54
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 293,385 0.04 104,875179.75
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 60,668 0.01 119,128-49.07
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 6,731 0.00 0
SS Classified 0 0.00 3 265-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia