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

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In 2018, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia totaled $1,054,857,321, up 15.26% ($139,659,122) from 2017.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in 2018 were $762,729,126, down 1.03% ($7,953,362) from 2017.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in 2018 totaled $292,128,195, up 102.14% ($147,612,484) from 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in 2018 was $470,600,931, a 24.84% decrease ($155,565,846) over 2017.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 68th largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 65th in 2017), accounting for 0.1533% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.1567% in 2017).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 62nd largest export market in 2018 (down from 56th in 2017), accounting for 0.1695% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.2158% in 2017).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 66th largest supplier in 2018 (up from 76th in 2017), accounting for 0.1227% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0637% in 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 65.17% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (44.59% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 9.56% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (5.66% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 8.24% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (35.38% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.98% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (3.39% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.31% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (8.09% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.13% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (1.14% in 2017).

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $142,227,849;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $40,676,210;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $15,937,328;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $9,224,342;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $6,832,577;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $4,690,624;
  • 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 $2,297,576.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia 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) - a decrease of $219,073,565;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $19,309,947;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $11,396,516;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $7,253,663;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $3,907,255;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $2,379,545.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2018
over 2017
02 Meat and edible meat offal 6,835,739 0.90 3,162216,084.03
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 512,916-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 3,323,094 0.44 5,702,639-41.73
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 10,829 0.00 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 82,669 0.01 0
10 Cereals 403,679,789 52.93 261,451,94054.40
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 21,200 0.00 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 57,197,589 7.50 55,943,6002.24
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 54-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 854,733 0.11 69,8721,123.28
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 24,619,459 3.23 19,928,83523.54
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 419,005 0.05 0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 22,356 0.00 32,359-30.91
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 7,263 0.00 2103,358.57
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 24 0.00 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 3-100.00
26 Ores, slag and ash 9,224,342 1.21 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 53,589,384 7.03 272,662,949-80.35
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,230,896 0.16 1,272,888-3.30
29 Organic chemicals 399,279 0.05 1,198,862-66.70
30 Pharmaceutical products 2,119,935 0.28 4,154,383-48.97
31 Fertilizers 273,720 0.04 427,607-35.99
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,078 0.00 48,290-97.77
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 256,529 0.03 267,406-4.07
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 32,388 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 17,783,931 2.33 37,093,878-52.06
39 Plastics and articles thereof 304,293 0.04 143,545111.98
40 Rubber and articles thereof 10,475,382 1.37 17,729,045-40.91
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 262 0.00 55376.36
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 4,832 0.00 7,365-34.39
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 8,160,659 1.07 12,067,914-32.38
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 830,118 0.11 994,052-16.49
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 28,986,722 3.80 13,049,394122.13
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,400 0.00 7,399-81.08
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 41,342-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 401,197 0.05 777,330-48.39
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 14 0.00 140.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,394,775 0.18 784,83577.72
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 812 0.00 1,573-48.38
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 70,973 0.01 30,206134.96
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 140-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 9,120 0.00 6,53339.60
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 631-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,437 0.00 22,189-93.52
69 Ceramic products 320 0.00 15,976-98.00
70 Glass and glassware 1,003 0.00 391156.52
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0 0.00 2-100.00
72 Iron and steel 31,284,948 4.10 42,681,464-26.70
73 Articles of iron or steel 41,337,898 5.42 661,6886,147.34
74 Copper and articles thereof 18,718 0.00 6572,749.01
75 Nickel and articles thereof 26,904 0.00 10,160164.80
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 278 0.00 78256.41
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 38,646 0.01 1,3612,739.53
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 224,548 0.03 253,037-11.26
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 22,311 0.00 19,38115.12
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,028,371 0.40 3,693,212-18.00
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 3,300,241 0.43 1,002,665229.15
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,185,917 0.16 2,470,464-52.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,138,343 0.15 1,582,002-28.04
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 1,200 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 44,785 0.01 120,152-62.73
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 437,049 0.06 6,0887,078.86
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 319 0.00 84,585-99.62
SS Classified 48,010,100 6.29 11 643 710312.33

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 96.67% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (94.03% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.46% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (2.80% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.42% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.45% in 2017).

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $108,386,449;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $35,249,839;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $2,942,468;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $2,156,451;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $1,655,310.

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

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $1,719,362.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2018
over 2017
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 536,381 0.18 396,53835.27
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,263 0.00 2,382-46.98
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 49,907 0.02 27,30382.79
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,395 0.00 5,055-52.62
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 3,242 0.00 14,503-77.65
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 4,134 0.00 14,276-71.04
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 46,000 0.02 9,598379.27
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 428 0.00 113,790.91
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 174,472 0.06 175,581-0.63
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 38,743 0.01 8,622349.35
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 168,125-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 0 0.00 167,353-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 80,747,911 27.64 45,498,07277.48
30 Pharmaceutical products 4,897,254 1.68 6,616,616-25.99
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 5,902,025 2.02 2,959,55799.42
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 86,765 0.03 65,79831.87
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 334 0.00 0
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 38,193 0.01 6162,511.48
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,080,837 0.37 1,159,612-6.79
39 Plastics and articles thereof 186,705,855 63.91 78,319,406138.39
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,926,594 1.00 1,271,284130.21
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 750-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 644,518 0.22 379,96169.63
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 80 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 4,169,253 1.43 4,050,4732.93
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 100,574 0.03 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 2,620-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 33,593 0.01 216,551-84.49
70 Glass and glassware 0 0.00 11,270-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 60,670 0.02 7,495709.47
74 Copper and articles thereof 307 0.00 664-53.77
79 Zinc and articles thereof 163,985 0.06 149,7519.51
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 77,946 0.03 728,245-89.30
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 928,565 0.32 1,216,183-23.65
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 2,554,527 0.87 398,076541.72
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 128,077 0.04 276,013-53.60
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 6,525 0.00 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 8,451 0.00 20,510-58.80
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,226 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 5,165 0.00 173,828-97.03
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 3,568-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia