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

Russia’s Trade with Japan

In 2018, Russia’s trade with Japan totaled $21,272,635,878, up 16.49% ($3,010,704,771) from 2017.

Russia’s exports to Japan in 2018 totaled $12,453,418,583, up 18.60% ($1,952,886,388) from 2017.

Russia’s imports from Japan in 2018 totaled $8,819,217,295, up 13.63% ($1,057,818,383) from 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Japan in 2018 was $3,634,201,288, a 32.68% increase ($895,068,005) over 2017.

Japan was Russia’s 10th largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 9th in 2017), accounting for 3.0914% of Russia’s total trade (down from 3.1268% in 2017).

Japan was Russia’s 11th largest export market in 2018 (just as in 2017), accounting for 2.7676% of Russia’s total exports (down from 2.9406% in 2017).

Japan was Russia’s 7th largest supplier in 2018 (just as in 2017), accounting for 3.7032% of Russia’s total imports (up from 3.4196% in 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Japan

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 76.98% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (75.27% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 7.67% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (9.59% in 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 5.56% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (4.59% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.86% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (4.81% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 3.09% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (2.83% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.15% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (2.12% in 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Japan 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 $1,666,443,887;
  • 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 $210,222,075;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $98,039,462;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $88,658,327.

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

  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $150,025,692;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $84,178,518.
Russia’s exports to Japan in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2018
over 2017
01 Live animals 500 0.00 2,163-76.88
02 Meat and edible meat offal 330,150 0.00 167,86196.68
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 352,523,019 2.83 254,483,55738.52
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 20,236 0.00 44,079-54.09
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,610,470 0.01 1,227,53431.20
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,353,702 0.01 1,038,12830.40
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 3,912 0.00 5,361-27.03
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 26,269 0.00 21,78220.60
10 Cereals 24,753,867 0.20 19,267,98728.47
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 140,625 0.00 191,920-26.73
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,028,512 0.01 481,306113.69
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 3,013 0.00 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 25,698 0.00 59,839-57.05
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 1,303,077 0.01 1,078,12020.87
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 17,182 0.00 5,266226.28
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 243,777 0.00 44,976442.02
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 20,315 0.00 11,29379.89
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 22,402 0.00 38,737-42.17
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 375,542 0.00 326,58814.99
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 250,750 0.00 202,01824.12
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 592,294 0.00 133,001345.33
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 142,590 0.00 18,565,288-99.23
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 9,183,824 0.07 2,916,433214.90
26 Ores, slag and ash 106,049,430 0.85 95,811,89910.69
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 9,470,988,873 76.05 7,804,544,98621.35
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 16,812,910 0.14 13,979,52520.27
29 Organic chemicals 49,175,036 0.39 18,510,564165.66
30 Pharmaceutical products 47,194 0.00 56,900-17.06
31 Fertilizers 10,893,637 0.09 12,407,844-12.20
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 17,572 0.00 15,89210.57
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 961,587 0.01 428,218124.56
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 33,008 0.00 16,60298.82
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 3,464 0.00 20,781-83.33
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 484 0.00 0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 198,439 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,680,037 0.01 943,45378.07
39 Plastics and articles thereof 466,944 0.00 1,222,519-61.80
40 Rubber and articles thereof 25,171,181 0.20 31,346,229-19.70
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 60,106 0.00 100,593-40.25
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 11,274 0.00 46,161-75.58
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 424,816,856 3.41 456,029,911-6.84
45 Cork and articles of cork 256 0.00 101153.47
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 55,694,614 0.45 48,542,00814.73
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 323,877 0.00 231,73339.76
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 387,632 0.00 360,7747.44
52 Cotton 0 0.00 3,312-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 50,819 0.00 68,243-25.53
55 Man-made staple fibers 848,046 0.01 1,00584,282.69
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 3,107 0.00 5,102-39.10
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 552 0.00 5313.95
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 5,378 0.00 6,995-23.12
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 200-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 235,197 0.00 85,817174.07
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 655,603 0.01 346,61289.15
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 148,515 0.00 130,66013.67
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 930,911 0.01 708,49931.39
65 Headgear and parts thereof 21,189 0.00 24,327-12.90
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 16,322 0.00 8,030103.26
69 Ceramic products 32,309 0.00 18,97770.25
70 Glass and glassware 955,692 0.01 909,9535.03
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 692,467,153 5.56 482,245,07843.59
72 Iron and steel 259,984,653 2.09 171,326,32651.75
73 Articles of iron or steel 6,090,020 0.05 332,5591,731.26
74 Copper and articles thereof 532 0.00 833-36.13
75 Nickel and articles thereof 312,399 0.00 129,026142.12
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 671,103,105 5.39 821,128,797-18.27
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 17,030,535 0.14 13,768,82223.69
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 5,518 0.00 9,937-44.47
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 56,051 0.00 9,581485.02
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 7,315,009 0.06 3,802,05092.40
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 2,823,728 0.02 2,166,35330.34
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,207,206 0.02 1,155,17891.07
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 128,784,371 1.03 212,962,889-39.53
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2,134,248 0.02 2,524,465-15.46
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 40,569 0.00 0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 70,615 0.00 14,575384.49
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 639,373 0.01 1,236,079-48.27
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 291,667 0.00 125,885131.69
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 12,679 0.00 3,844229.84
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 184 0.00 654-71.87
SS Classified 100,379,191 0.81 341 03429,333.78

Russia’s Imports from Japan

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 80.15% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (80.90% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 11.21% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (10.94% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.51% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (3.10% in 2017).

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

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $447,909,006;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $189,455,132;
  • 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 $126,926,243;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $76,379,921;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $46,354,152;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $42,288,148;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $36,675,654.

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

  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $51,303,775.
Russia’s imports from Japan in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2018
over 2017
01 Live animals 6,644 0.00 715829.23
02 Meat and edible meat offal 492,139 0.01 273,37880.02
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 23,156,051 0.26 8,214,371181.90
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,040 0.00 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 398,864 0.00 386,1213.30
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 130,800 0.00 126,8393.12
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 53,574 0.00 42,19926.96
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,385,952 0.02 958,19444.64
10 Cereals 446,403 0.01 285,16756.54
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 71,172 0.00 39,03782.32
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 160,244 0.00 153,8674.14
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 906,768 0.01 772,05617.45
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 104,127 0.00 52,92296.76
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 113,750 0.00 115,902-1.86
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 44,543 0.00 17,750150.95
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,128,081 0.01 1,016,21511.01
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 820,591 0.01 768,2096.82
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 941,682 0.01 626,67250.27
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 256,754 0.00 222,91415.18
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 7,320,836 0.08 6,499,72012.63
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 5,310,439 0.06 5,627,617-5.64
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 146,741 0.00 37,494291.37
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 12,059 0.00 415,426-97.10
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 212,715 0.00 200,7865.94
26 Ores, slag and ash 388,823 0.00 296,26831.24
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 73,369,400 0.83 52,603,05939.48
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 8,560,477 0.10 6,425,83833.22
29 Organic chemicals 36,752,627 0.42 20,923,26975.65
30 Pharmaceutical products 89,514,728 1.01 77,900,02614.91
31 Fertilizers 18,812 0.00 123,623-84.78
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 21,002,786 0.24 19,806,1906.04
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 56,460,822 0.64 49,895,99513.16
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 30,152,048 0.34 26,294,49514.67
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,268,034 0.03 2,346,889-3.36
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 219,339 0.00 295,036-25.66
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 65,075,424 0.74 60,499,6507.56
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 44,012,273 0.50 33,103,16532.95
39 Plastics and articles thereof 162,453,877 1.84 125,778,22329.16
40 Rubber and articles thereof 471,725,879 5.35 425,371,72710.90
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 14 0.00 795-98.24
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,208,059 0.01 1,097,11610.11
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 20,607 0.00 17,83615.54
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,652,453 0.03 1,041,107154.77
45 Cork and articles of cork 10,407 0.00 9,6807.51
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 3,003 0.00 3,990-24.74
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 6,951,375 0.08 10,502,854-33.81
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,285,171 0.01 1,946,119-33.96
50 Silk 33,068 0.00 37,921-12.80
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 20,998 0.00 3,562489.50
52 Cotton 323,898 0.00 451,477-28.26
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 11,336 0.00 6431,662.99
54 Man-made filaments 13,516,351 0.15 14,221,165-4.96
55 Man-made staple fibers 38,569,345 0.44 37,833,0461.95
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 11,655,812 0.13 8,385,11239.01
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 1,260,449 0.01 919,76337.04
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 75,966 0.00 39,88490.47
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2,708,505 0.03 1,930,98240.27
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 687,805 0.01 681,8710.87
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,343,141 0.02 950,41541.32
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,674,319 0.03 1,935,15938.20
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2,683,664 0.03 1,605,19267.19
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 147,112 0.00 158,975-7.46
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,734,404 0.02 1,214,06442.86
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 185,660 0.00 4,4064,113.80
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 3,977 0.00 15,374-74.13
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 13,919,119 0.16 15,519,835-10.31
69 Ceramic products 5,407,872 0.06 4,024,54034.37
70 Glass and glassware 31,616,040 0.36 27,863,21213.47
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 3,727,064 0.04 2,599,68743.37
72 Iron and steel 43,684,992 0.50 24,529,27278.09
73 Articles of iron or steel 163,787,762 1.86 121,499,61434.81
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,113,957 0.02 2,509,941-15.78
75 Nickel and articles thereof 2,389,723 0.03 1,771,27534.92
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 6,150,478 0.07 5,232,96717.53
78 Lead and articles thereof 2,977 0.00 6,491-54.14
79 Zinc and articles thereof 27,795 0.00 18,41450.94
80 Tin and articles thereof 212,222 0.00 43,824384.26
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,460,161 0.02 1,130,76129.13
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 45,684,211 0.52 46,493,045-1.74
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 43,632,069 0.49 37,238,58417.17
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,756,200,831 19.91 1,566,745,69912.09
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 709,918,737 8.05 582,992,49421.77
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 34,726 0.00 56,443-38.48
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4,157,500,678 47.14 3,709,591,67212.07
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 38,341,204 0.43 89,644,979-57.23
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 406,564,891 4.61 330,184,97023.13
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 3,362,399 0.04 4,727,664-28.88
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 3,879,219 0.04 3,187,21021.71
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 43,994,342 0.50 33,985,40429.45
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6,943,407 0.08 6,767,1832.60
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 132,746,489 1.51 128,936,7812.95
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 210,652 0.00 35,721489.71
SS Classified 339,061 0.00 535 698-36.71
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia