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

Russia’s Trade with Belgium

In 2018, Russia’s trade with Belgium totaled $11,681,263,200, up 20.17% ($1,960,248,943) from 2017.

Russia’s exports to Belgium in 2018 totaled $9,210,235,865, up 35.45% ($2,410,317,491) from 2017.

Russia’s imports from Belgium in 2018 were $2,471,027,335, down 15.41% ($450,068,548) from 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Belgium in 2018 was $6,739,208,530, a 73.74% increase ($2,860,386,039) over 2017.

Belgium was Russia’s 16th largest trading partner in 2018 (just as in 2017), accounting for 1.6976% of Russia’s total trade (up from 1.6644% in 2017).

Belgium was Russia’s 15th largest export market in 2018 (just as in 2017), accounting for 2.0469% of Russia’s total exports (up from 1.9043% in 2017).

Belgium was Russia’s 21st largest supplier in 2018 (down from 20th in 2017), accounting for 1.0376% of Russia’s total imports (down from 1.2870% in 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Belgium

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 44.41% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (32.83% in 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 32.19% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (42.38% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 14.81% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (15.22% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 5.45% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (5.13% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.24% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (1.53% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 0.96% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (1.44% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.70% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (1.07% in 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Belgium in 2018 over 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 $1,901,716,236;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $388,118,783;
  • 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 $91,918,089;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $85,379,790;
  • 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 $83,182,226.

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

  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - a decrease of $61,664,151;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $31,995,486.
Russia’s exports to Belgium in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2018
over 2017
01 Live animals 3,875 0.00 0
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,219,171 0.02 3,355,367-33.86
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 410,000 0.00 183,140123.87
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 133,531 0.00 1,420,649-90.60
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0 0.00 21,665-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 37,231-100.00
10 Cereals 12,083,514 0.13 7,735,75456.20
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 134,367 0.00 190,467-29.45
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 66,720,048 0.72 75,925,359-12.12
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 266,462 0.00 126,959109.88
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 1,009,616 0.01 1,187,361-14.97
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,059,420 0.02 3,790,617-45.67
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0 0.00 756,694-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 139,657 0.00 63,360120.42
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 526,084 0.01 301,61574.42
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 2,517,675 0.03 2,851,940-11.72
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 87,122,374 0.95 108,670,631-19.83
26 Ores, slag and ash 69,319,887 0.75 91,300,101-24.07
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 3,933,912,860 42.71 2,032,196,62493.58
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 216,654,699 2.35 124,736,61073.69
29 Organic chemicals 50,215,337 0.55 30,057,60767.06
30 Pharmaceutical products 432,661 0.00 752,502-42.50
31 Fertilizers 154,149,908 1.67 68,770,118124.15
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 451,228 0.00 190,276137.14
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 706,973 0.01 1,408,135-49.79
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 8,828,114 0.10 240,5513,569.96
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 62,974 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 151,399 0.00 24,812510.18
39 Plastics and articles thereof 34,360,962 0.37 54,917,293-37.43
40 Rubber and articles thereof 35,926,021 0.39 67,921,507-47.11
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0 0.00 34,547-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 110,031 0.00 17,215539.16
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 65,750,521 0.71 69,494,568-5.39
45 Cork and articles of cork 80 0.00 14471.43
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 10,264,204 0.11 6,822,85250.44
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 38,483,168 0.42 27,963,95637.62
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 10,428 0.00 23,743-56.08
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 101,524 0.00 2,2674,378.34
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 21-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 70,776 0.00 1,555,452-95.45
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 29,600 0.00 29110,071.82
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 2,364 0.00 42,093-94.38
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2,952 0.00 402634.33
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 15,378 0.00 22,707-32.28
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 332,695 0.00 3,28810,018.46
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 37,304 0.00 5,924529.71
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 97 0.00 2,941-96.70
65 Headgear and parts thereof 3,368 0.00 486,916.67
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 37-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,629,247 0.02 1,768,716-7.89
69 Ceramic products 419,372 0.00 315,82532.79
70 Glass and glassware 17,015,918 0.18 22,206,656-23.37
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,965,187,343 32.19 2,882,005,1172.89
72 Iron and steel 1,352,158,129 14.68 964,039,34640.26
73 Articles of iron or steel 5,406,731 0.06 5,268,6102.62
74 Copper and articles thereof 9,454 0.00 61,673,605-99.98
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 4,282,916 0.05 1,565,453173.59
78 Lead and articles thereof 1,980,865 0.02 1,976,6640.21
79 Zinc and articles thereof 9,025 0.00 3,093191.79
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 315,360 0.00 249,56526.36
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 35,390 0.00 32,08410.30
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 219,983 0.00 106,742106.09
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 44,572,130 0.48 49,439,657-9.85
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 2,556,886 0.03 2,670,785-4.26
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 69,494 0.00 111,835-37.86
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 13,160,420 0.14 7,384,56778.22
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 54,684 0.00 8,176,058-99.33
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 4,203,006 0.05 5,079,085-17.25
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 3,642 0.00 675,335.82
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 25,248 0.00 2,410947.63
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 506,598 0.01 566,085-10.51
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2,146 0.00 93,671-97.71
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 48,398 0.00 14,917224.45
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 10,032 0.00 13,889-27.77
SS Classified 620,141 0.01 26 5612,234.78

Russia’s Imports from Belgium

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 47.12% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (39.38% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 22.26% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (37.58% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.57% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (7.00% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.10% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (5.07% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 5.76% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (3.80% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 4.10% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (3.26% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.56% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (1.39% in 2017).

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $54,691,719;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $21,570,427;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $15,902,985;
  • 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 $15,336,130;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $9,949,870;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $9,794,286;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $8,191,113.

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $511,100,794;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $37,951,463;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $28,861,549;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $16,114,091;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $11,860,873;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $9,604,595;
  • 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 $7,826,224.
Russia’s imports from Belgium in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2018
over 2017
01 Live animals 1,555,771 0.06 1,449,8407.31
02 Meat and edible meat offal 0 0.00 91,903-100.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,443,916 0.06 1,060,84436.11
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 29,664 0.00 41,188-27.98
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 11,003,522 0.45 7,310,43250.52
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 351,805 0.01 83,152323.09
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 6,735 0.00 28,447-76.32
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 3,541,627 0.14 3,098,06714.32
10 Cereals 3,644 0.00 3,4515.59
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 7,236,702 0.29 6,327,46414.37
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 9,589,164 0.39 21,450,037-55.30
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 730,145 0.03 713,0212.40
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 4,633 0.00 457913.79
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 13,234,420 0.54 16,136,909-17.99
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 2,914,306 0.12 2,275,09428.10
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 12,459,121 0.50 10,674,78616.72
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 43,032,272 1.74 34,841,15923.51
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 26,799,109 1.08 22,044,47721.57
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 15,524,540 0.63 11,688,02032.82
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 13,395,602 0.54 10,828,97323.70
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 43,858,844 1.77 27,955,85956.89
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 28,609,904 1.16 25,590,58011.80
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,212,296 0.05 897,76335.04
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 501,395 0.02 735,628-31.84
26 Ores, slag and ash 19,849,072 0.80 9,899,202100.51
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 121,910,660 4.93 100,340,23321.50
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 16,571,624 0.67 14,721,75912.57
29 Organic chemicals 151,255,332 6.12 160,859,927-5.97
30 Pharmaceutical products 211,407,735 8.56 210,392,8310.48
31 Fertilizers 8,750,567 0.35 6,270,30539.56
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 82,156,959 3.32 77,637,5095.82
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 61,912,645 2.51 78,026,736-20.65
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 106,489,759 4.31 104,500,0051.90
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 15,649,472 0.63 17,957,747-12.85
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 170 0.00 0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 32,994,868 1.34 31,532,7794.64
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 123,174,242 4.98 152,035,791-18.98
39 Plastics and articles thereof 328,825,635 13.31 274,133,91619.95
40 Rubber and articles thereof 25,224,887 1.02 22,223,79013.50
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 547 0.00 15,745-96.53
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,195,251 0.05 852,38840.22
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 5,087 0.00 4,8764.33
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 11,410,884 0.46 15,598,871-26.85
45 Cork and articles of cork 261 0.00 31741.94
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 539 0.00 2,960-81.79
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 0 0.00 3,355-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 21,383,331 0.87 16,615,82028.69
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 5,682,572 0.23 8,300,952-31.54
50 Silk 14,529 0.00 19,683-26.19
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 48,720 0.00 45,3487.44
52 Cotton 285,138 0.01 144,98296.67
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 486,149 0.02 366,23432.74
54 Man-made filaments 9,608,497 0.39 7,622,36426.06
55 Man-made staple fibers 6,828,057 0.28 9,286,530-26.47
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 7,033,485 0.28 6,899,1101.95
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 28,456,085 1.15 27,966,3301.75
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 577,790 0.02 562,1342.79
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 11,773,873 0.48 9,846,59619.57
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 5,442,893 0.22 4,997,8238.91
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 213,390 0.01 614,117-65.25
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 661,541 0.03 774,091-14.54
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 29,802,227 1.21 26,115,53914.12
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 74,991 0.00 47,06159.35
65 Headgear and parts thereof 41,849 0.00 8,053419.67
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 4,597 0.00 4,15210.72
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 4,012 0.00 5,442-26.28
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 6,307,692 0.26 9,452,228-33.27
69 Ceramic products 7,756,854 0.31 7,878,482-1.54
70 Glass and glassware 18,715,339 0.76 20,400,637-8.26
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 20,832,134 0.84 5,496,004279.04
72 Iron and steel 100,277,909 4.06 98,052,8172.27
73 Articles of iron or steel 31,955,593 1.29 31,868,8010.27
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,927,949 0.08 2,061,431-6.48
75 Nickel and articles thereof 660,423 0.03 651,9111.31
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3,675,681 0.15 4,939,826-25.59
78 Lead and articles thereof 1 0.00 0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 1,147,308 0.05 934,69622.75
80 Tin and articles thereof 127,374 0.01 335,256-62.01
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 3,545,197 0.14 2,981,36418.91
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 2,157,514 0.09 2,281,901-5.45
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 5,192,199 0.21 3,899,79133.14
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 322,958,722 13.07 834,059,516-61.28
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 80,270,032 3.25 88,096,256-8.88
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 582,864 0.02 517,64312.60
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 118,264,216 4.79 156,215,679-24.29
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 2,037,755 0.08 2,826,646-27.91
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 25,968,402 1.05 16,174,11660.56
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 47,190 0.00 44,1636.85
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 1,463 0.00 147895.24
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 4,299,403 0.17 3,276,60831.22
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 5,458,302 0.22 4,191,92830.21
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 22,372,408 0.91 21,757,4162.83
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 114,762 0.00 66,12873.55
SS Classified 123,590 0.01 53 824129.62
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia