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

Russia’s Trade with France

In 2018, Russia’s trade with France totaled $17,192,225,410, up 11.21% ($1,733,206,607) from 2017.

Russia’s exports to France in 2018 totaled $7,633,876,211, up 30.95% ($1,804,465,349) from 2017.

Russia’s imports from France in 2018 were $9,558,349,199, down 0.74% ($71,258,742) from 2017.

Russia’s trade deficit with France in 2018 was $1,924,472,988, a 49.36% decrease ($1,875,724,091) over 2017.

France was Russia’s 12th largest trading partner in 2018 (just as in 2017), accounting for 2.4985% of Russia’s total trade (down from 2.6469% in 2017).

France was Russia’s 17th largest export market in 2018 (up from 18th in 2017), accounting for 1.6966% of Russia’s total exports (up from 1.6325% in 2017).

France was Russia’s 6th largest supplier in 2018 (just as in 2017), accounting for 4.0136% of Russia’s total imports (down from 4.2427% in 2017).

Russia’s Exports to France

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 87.75% of Russia’s total exports to France (84.56% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.09% of Russia’s total exports to France (3.18% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.97% of Russia’s total exports to France (3.52% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.28% of Russia’s total exports to France (3.36% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.31% of Russia’s total exports to France (1.43% in 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to France 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 $1,733,467,667;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $76,099,716;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $34,743,301.

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

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
Russia’s exports to France 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 213,414 0.00 170,88624.89
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 9,046,420 0.12 7,005,85729.13
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 92,867 0.00 131,812-29.55
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 368,657 0.00 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 53,053 0.00 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,050,752 0.01 872,59620.42
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 754,250 0.01 22,1253,309.04
10 Cereals 4,083,525 0.05 57,5346,997.59
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0 0.00 248-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 19,775 0.00 185,524-89.34
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 1,789 0.00 0
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 2,124 0.00 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 1,003,946 0.01 287,649249.02
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 14,571 0.00 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 377 0.00 16,723-97.75
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 491 0.00 6,948-92.93
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 20,876 0.00 6,739209.78
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 2,083 0.00 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 1,608,629 0.02 357,716349.69
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,340,463 0.02 2,384,901-43.79
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 2,385,078 0.03 2,406,616-0.89
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 535,876-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,916,861 0.04 1,950,11049.57
26 Ores, slag and ash 68,440,284 0.90 33,696,983103.11
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 6,627,402,974 86.82 4,893,935,30735.42
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 36,181,908 0.47 57,047,004-36.58
29 Organic chemicals 40,847,959 0.54 47,991,180-14.88
30 Pharmaceutical products 162,692 0.00 931,863-82.54
31 Fertilizers 52,820,055 0.69 46,696,13813.11
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 193,653 0.00 286,211-32.34
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 2,478,031 0.03 4,273,325-42.01
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 20,701 0.00 29,726-30.36
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 219 0.00 4,859-95.49
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 11,670 0.00 0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 17,215 0.00 4,274302.78
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 4,808,867 0.06 5,210,901-7.72
39 Plastics and articles thereof 3,757,531 0.05 3,531,4626.40
40 Rubber and articles thereof 32,449,563 0.43 29,645,8399.46
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 190,007 0.00 63,166,683.33
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 3,589,249 0.05 6,364,589-43.61
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 663,654 0.01 887,664-25.24
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 95,735,248 1.25 79,086,99021.05
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 748,352 0.01 38,6541,836.03
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,720,243 0.04 2,369,98914.78
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,026,822 0.01 1,811,998-43.33
50 Silk 10,656 0.00 0
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 23,796 0.00 17313,654.91
52 Cotton 0 0.00 46-100.00
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 173,419 0.00 211,331-17.94
54 Man-made filaments 95,080 0.00 49,57591.79
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 64-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 625,634 0.01 707,973-11.63
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 6,421 0.00 596977.35
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 5,300 0.00 775,614.29
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 222 0.00 46382.61
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0 0.00 23-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,043,585 0.01 1,860,430-43.91
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,182,887 0.03 3,638,474-40.01
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 7,025,482 0.09 6,262,34712.19
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,366,098 0.04 4,752,539-29.17
65 Headgear and parts thereof 71,787 0.00 21,535233.35
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 675 0.00 2,774-75.67
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 716 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 139,234 0.00 212,521-34.48
69 Ceramic products 403,897 0.01 416,093-2.93
70 Glass and glassware 17,825,872 0.23 13,425,53632.78
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,965,099 0.03 1,889,2234.02
72 Iron and steel 154,899,314 2.03 78,799,59896.57
73 Articles of iron or steel 13,946,892 0.18 28,896,393-51.73
74 Copper and articles thereof 654,889 0.01 530,69723.40
75 Nickel and articles thereof 2,263,305 0.03 1,633,78638.53
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 32,557,567 0.43 43,440,046-25.05
78 Lead and articles thereof 256,016 0.00 256,414-0.16
79 Zinc and articles thereof 8 0.00 0
80 Tin and articles thereof 742 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 30,411,917 0.40 31,333,277-2.94
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 932,087 0.01 217,698328.16
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 272,285 0.00 464,310-41.36
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 163,843,397 2.15 146,918,36311.52
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 22,364,662 0.29 16,952,81031.92
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 2,653,827 0.03 2,257,63617.55
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 8,288,061 0.11 7,312,89713.33
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 77,972 0.00 173,458-55.05
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 29,602,194 0.39 31,827,038-6.99
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 93,330 0.00 230,661-59.54
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 89,578 0.00 17,715405.66
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 6,279,714 0.08 7,178,962-12.53
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,194,457 0.02 2,629,253-54.57
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 20,563 0.00 22,520-8.69
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 8,345 0.00 33,505-75.09
SS Classified 128,952,331 1.69 164 587 697-21.65

Russia’s Imports from France

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 33.98% of Russia’s total imports from France (33.77% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 26.27% of Russia’s total imports from France (26.21% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 8.88% of Russia’s total imports from France (8.35% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.29% of Russia’s total imports from France (2.78% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.05% of Russia’s total imports from France (0.96% in 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from France 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 $44,538,359;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $40,971,183;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $35,858,848;
  • 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 $32,114,318.

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

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $119,352,315;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $49,434,774;
  • 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 $36,650,427.
Russia’s imports from France in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2018
over 2017
01 Live animals 2,910,351 0.03 7,395,022-60.64
02 Meat and edible meat offal 0 0.00 2,065,055-100.00
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 330,447 0.00 329,0400.43
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 23,115,061 0.24 26,951,732-14.24
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 416,127 0.00 233,20178.44
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 4,206,462 0.04 2,110,55599.31
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 595,174 0.01 813,419-26.83
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 3,427 0.00 3,2824.42
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 3,566,581 0.04 3,455,8763.20
10 Cereals 34,705,090 0.36 43,609,571-20.42
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 6,849,648 0.07 5,053,77335.54
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 99,111,127 1.04 77,108,19828.54
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 16,464,779 0.17 16,454,7320.06
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 118,454 0.00 97,04422.06
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 4,798,540 0.05 2,556,28087.72
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 1,601,295 0.02 1,165,61737.38
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 18,528,078 0.19 19,370,265-4.35
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 30,263,258 0.32 29,861,5611.35
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 21,811,549 0.23 17,563,17324.19
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 32,972,307 0.34 24,799,40832.96
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 49,896,657 0.52 43,758,19814.03
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 377,801,034 3.95 357,187,4305.77
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 111,905,481 1.17 115,077,298-2.76
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 7,150,393 0.07 7,388,476-3.22
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 13,335,852 0.14 11,994,36511.18
26 Ores, slag and ash 30 0.00 538-94.42
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 42,022,144 0.44 31,692,93432.59
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 137,946,276 1.44 93,407,91747.68
29 Organic chemicals 298,521,567 3.12 285,591,2754.53
30 Pharmaceutical products 825,400,741 8.64 944,753,056-12.63
31 Fertilizers 842,649 0.01 671,90525.41
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 60,863,340 0.64 53,073,18314.68
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 850,898,300 8.90 815,039,4524.40
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 143,129,138 1.50 111,014,82028.93
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 76,259,552 0.80 79,188,632-3.70
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 3,682,660 0.04 3,280,85512.25
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 2,502,777 0.03 2,582,894-3.10
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 398,389,802 4.17 447,824,576-11.04
39 Plastics and articles thereof 329,327,407 3.45 302,339,4898.93
40 Rubber and articles thereof 119,840,831 1.25 113,101,4545.96
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 144,653 0.00 267,846-45.99
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 44,866,241 0.47 35,670,12725.78
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 6,865,375 0.07 7,246,314-5.26
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 9,564,675 0.10 12,841,433-25.52
45 Cork and articles of cork 931,151 0.01 779,33419.48
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 31,417 0.00 116,843-73.11
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 6,273 0.00 15,725-60.11
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 78,345,914 0.82 68,578,80514.24
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 11,255,853 0.12 9,720,33915.80
50 Silk 285,226 0.00 25,2201,030.95
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 76,981 0.00 56,70835.75
52 Cotton 998,634 0.01 890,52712.14
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 23,270 0.00 43,820-46.90
54 Man-made filaments 2,151,932 0.02 1,056,886103.61
55 Man-made staple fibers 3,260,782 0.03 3,491,616-6.61
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 5,015,032 0.05 4,627,0518.39
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 3,797,192 0.04 3,162,78520.06
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 933,761 0.01 917,5031.77
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 3,340,665 0.03 3,059,1139.20
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 436,693 0.00 864,448-49.48
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 9,430,787 0.10 10,333,882-8.74
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 30,098,094 0.31 26,056,67015.51
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 5,491,254 0.06 3,330,05664.90
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,999,350 0.04 5,541,795-27.83
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,127,315 0.01 880,58528.02
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 214,217 0.00 352,208-39.18
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 54,860 0.00 89,350-38.60
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 18,195,909 0.19 13,034,68839.60
69 Ceramic products 11,141,978 0.12 9,183,07121.33
70 Glass and glassware 61,471,789 0.64 60,043,8982.38
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 24,547,420 0.26 14,691,94867.08
72 Iron and steel 68,109,430 0.71 65,938,9403.29
73 Articles of iron or steel 141,069,653 1.48 112,424,29425.48
74 Copper and articles thereof 6,992,387 0.07 9,356,961-25.27
75 Nickel and articles thereof 19,314,247 0.20 13,688,13441.10
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 35,246,052 0.37 25,608,27937.64
78 Lead and articles thereof 4,729 0.00 61,468-92.31
79 Zinc and articles thereof 1,077,623 0.01 379,141184.23
80 Tin and articles thereof 223,567 0.00 179,52224.53
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 4,132,779 0.04 8,375,396-50.66
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 16,577,139 0.17 15,568,2496.48
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 21,500,827 0.22 16,570,20129.76
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,217,345,267 12.74 1,234,783,298-1.41
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 578,920,575 6.06 615,571,002-5.95
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 5,443,772 0.06 2,164,787151.47
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 476,240,384 4.98 435,269,2019.41
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 4,165,426 0.04 16,536,068-74.81
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 229,166,418 2.40 219,988,8834.17
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 1,353,970 0.01 1,741,556-22.26
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 1,086,399 0.01 298,668263.75
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 43,330,976 0.45 30,305,89242.98
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 5,974,446 0.06 6,206,644-3.74
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 23,533,326 0.25 23,032,9402.17
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 2,015,019 0.02 764,320163.64
SS Classified 2,165,335,709 22.65 2 377 857 952-8.94
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia