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

Russia’s Trade with Switzerland

In 2018, Russia’s trade with Switzerland totaled $7,390,516,358, up 22.15% ($1,340,281,556) from 2017.

Russia’s exports to Switzerland in 2018 totaled $4,776,018,016, up 23.98% ($923,804,985) from 2017.

Russia’s imports from Switzerland in 2018 totaled $2,614,498,342, up 18.95% ($416,476,571) from 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Switzerland in 2018 was $2,161,519,674, a 30.67% increase ($507,328,414) over 2017.

Switzerland was Russia’s 20th largest trading partner in 2018 (just as in 2017), accounting for 1.0740% of Russia’s total trade (up from 1.0359% in 2017).

Switzerland was Russia’s 22nd largest export market in 2018 (just as in 2017), accounting for 1.0614% of Russia’s total exports (down from 1.0788% in 2017).

Switzerland was Russia’s 20th largest supplier in 2018 (up from 23rd in 2017), accounting for 1.0978% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.9684% in 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Switzerland

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

  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 59.84% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (33.63% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 26.18% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (24.40% in 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 8.43% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (36.91% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.05% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (3.07% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.70% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (0.61% in 2017).

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

  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $1,384,938,210;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $310,186,960;
  • Nickel and articles thereof (HS code 75) - an increase of $137,763,708;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $51,010,060;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $48,885,527.

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

  • 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) - a decrease of $1,019,351,309.
Russia’s exports to Switzerland in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2018
over 2017
01 Live animals 10,599 0.00 3,341217.24
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 3,895,910 0.08 2,904,31934.14
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 318,969 0.01 404,993-21.24
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 9,295 0.00 4981,766.47
10 Cereals 29,047,716 0.61 18,310,03258.64
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 390,529 0.01 292,92233.32
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 61,439 0.00 500,816-87.73
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,376 0.00 4,496-47.15
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 2,162 0.00 0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 8,692 0.00 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 242,637 0.01 175,78738.03
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 140,912 0.00 433,236-67.47
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 46,662 0.00 32,39144.06
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 13,512,421 0.28 14,835,073-8.92
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 69,135 0.00 11,843483.76
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,250,128,266 26.18 939,941,30633.00
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3,962,029 0.08 8,132,142-51.28
29 Organic chemicals 6,484,403 0.14 11,293,312-42.58
30 Pharmaceutical products 4,630 0.00 2,566,555-99.82
31 Fertilizers 59,670,774 1.25 73,772,649-19.12
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 17,174 0.00 123,928-86.14
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,011,254 0.02 1,167,501-13.38
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 198,805 0.00 11,8041,584.22
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 6 0.00 0
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0 0.00 188,416-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 120,903 0.00 303,174-60.12
39 Plastics and articles thereof 17,241,757 0.36 11,343,07152.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 9,321,176 0.20 9,450,873-1.37
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,493,471 0.03 1,174,33227.18
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 326,226 0.01 54,327500.49
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,630,926 0.06 2,461,1246.90
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 928,161 0.02 617,87950.22
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 44,995 0.00 379,002-88.13
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 109,465 0.00 383,401-71.45
50 Silk 7,210 0.00 0
52 Cotton 0 0.00 1-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 182,101 0.00 36,069,933.33
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 255-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 4,292,812 0.09 1,565,696174.18
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 361 0.00 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 8 0.00 137-94.16
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 120 0.00 637-81.16
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 4,382 0.00 2418,158.33
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 869,909 0.02 818,5736.27
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,893,949 0.06 2,384,43421.37
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 36,144 0.00 9,153294.89
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 901,097 0.02 702,47028.28
65 Headgear and parts thereof 175,758 0.00 74,168136.97
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 201-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 763,449 0.02 247,014209.07
69 Ceramic products 9,416 0.00 5,96457.88
70 Glass and glassware 131,127 0.00 111,13317.99
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 402,570,638 8.43 1,421,921,947-71.69
72 Iron and steel 1,211,964 0.03 560,297116.31
73 Articles of iron or steel 493,200 0.01 336,21346.69
74 Copper and articles thereof 307,759,823 6.44 256,749,76319.87
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,096,956,359 22.97 959,192,65114.36
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,416,963,657 29.67 32,025,4474,324.49
78 Lead and articles thereof 32,379,733 0.68 44,773,850-27.68
79 Zinc and articles thereof 935 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,584,224 0.03 1,669,937-5.13
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 651,314 0.01 61,893952.32
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 71,318 0.00 29,271143.65
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 63,028,865 1.32 14,143,338345.64
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 10,774,522 0.23 5,600,44392.39
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 69,060 0.00 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 3,058,633 0.06 625,462389.02
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 12,334-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 4,348,850 0.09 3,127,38739.06
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 1,849,005 0.04 3,419,441-45.93
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 105,870 0.00 7,0001,412.43
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 245,308 0.01 254,101-3.46
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 544,444 0.01 414,51231.35
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 10,258 0.00 16,444-37.62
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0 0.00 51,483-100.00
SS Classified 19,618,318 0.41 25 41177,104.04

Russia’s Imports from Switzerland

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 40.41% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (40.51% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 33.31% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (31.94% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.92% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (10.77% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.86% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (5.16% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.56% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (1.73% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.47% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (1.01% in 2017).

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $112,305,103;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $102,627,465;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $46,096,676;
  • Clocks and watches and parts thereof (HS code 91) - an increase of $45,583,041;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $32,664,140;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $20,115,742;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $13,159,750;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $12,944,904;
  • 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 $11,827,965;
  • 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 $11,396,011;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $10,956,955;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $9,588,039;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $8,070,419.

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

  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - a decrease of $20,656,155;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $8,634,383.
Russia’s imports from Switzerland in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2018
over 2017
01 Live animals 0 0.00 543,699-100.00
02 Meat and edible meat offal 148,611 0.01 860,719-82.73
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 32,745,641 1.25 33,116,906-1.12
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 27,140-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 17,461 0.00 0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0 0.00 20,517-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 25,568,970 0.98 28,898,490-11.52
10 Cereals 32,211 0.00 0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 8,028 0.00 1,028680.93
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 2,910,353 0.11 2,194,85132.60
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 831,170 0.03 274,813202.45
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 362,733 0.01 359,8590.80
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 4,073,966 0.16 1,847,918120.46
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 14,265,881 0.55 12,559,64213.59
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 86,361,768 3.30 73,416,86417.63
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,872,015 0.07 1,546,49921.05
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 52,810,577 2.02 43,222,53822.18
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 19,917,378 0.76 17,842,83411.63
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 3,280,052 0.13 1,309,172150.54
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 14,050,489 0.54 18,731,352-24.99
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 56,983 0.00 28,74898.22
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 886,900 0.03 748,19018.54
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 15,211,428 0.58 3,815,417298.68
29 Organic chemicals 118,713,890 4.54 86,049,75037.96
30 Pharmaceutical products 658,643,718 25.19 556,016,25318.46
31 Fertilizers 24,162 0.00 22,5846.99
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 43,319,174 1.66 30,159,42443.63
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 100,754,529 3.85 92,684,1108.71
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 19,383,739 0.74 17,099,66513.36
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 9,599,955 0.37 16,601,046-42.17
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 192 0.00 729-73.66
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 406,111 0.02 499,752-18.74
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 33,693,391 1.29 29,014,84316.12
39 Plastics and articles thereof 53,139,959 2.03 55,120,748-3.59
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,708,036 0.14 3,394,2649.24
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 70,692 0.00 53,19032.90
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,016,769 0.04 520,73495.26
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 56,294 0.00 107,225-47.50
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4,947,229 0.19 7,678,425-35.57
45 Cork and articles of cork 919,325 0.04 895,2892.68
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 0 0.00 3,494-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 7,350,121 0.28 7,422,392-0.97
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,449,494 0.06 22,105,649-93.44
50 Silk 4,442 0.00 30,778-85.57
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 3,636 0.00 4,875-25.42
52 Cotton 8,794 0.00 5,11371.99
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 1,707 0.00 1001,607.00
54 Man-made filaments 742,601 0.03 727,9952.01
55 Man-made staple fibers 473,045 0.02 400,55518.10
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 979,112 0.04 1,355,157-27.75
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 274,059 0.01 328,168-16.49
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 127,368 0.00 133,120-4.32
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2,040,363 0.08 1,510,11635.11
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 32,510 0.00 50,075-35.08
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 2,622,116 0.10 3,841,222-31.74
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4,121,217 0.16 12,755,600-67.69
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 278,538 0.01 339,148-17.87
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 584,596 0.02 644,902-9.35
65 Headgear and parts thereof 101,926 0.00 47,770113.37
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 2,156 0.00 13,199-83.67
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0 0.00 1,683-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 6,913,406 0.26 6,874,1650.57
69 Ceramic products 1,257,396 0.05 1,189,7805.68
70 Glass and glassware 1,753,215 0.07 1,202,32945.82
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 19,211,319 0.73 19,237,629-0.14
72 Iron and steel 1,952,188 0.07 2,537,652-23.07
73 Articles of iron or steel 47,983,717 1.84 37,026,76229.59
74 Copper and articles thereof 4,654,950 0.18 3,043,30152.96
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,501,384 0.06 612,063145.30
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3,894,910 0.15 3,076,35826.61
78 Lead and articles thereof 0 0.00 156-100.00
79 Zinc and articles thereof 411,304 0.02 345,27319.12
80 Tin and articles thereof 18,176 0.00 11,73454.90
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 19,264,814 0.74 26,384,401-26.98
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 45,665,566 1.75 39,013,47217.05
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,640,663 0.06 1,259,76630.24
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 454,279,960 17.38 341,974,85732.84
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 129,815,600 4.97 117,987,63510.02
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 736,966 0.03 38,4941,814.50
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4,216,916 0.16 6,398,257-34.09
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 133,794 0.01 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 281,747,700 10.78 235,651,02419.56
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 205,524,055 7.86 159,941,01428.50
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 87,714 0.00 69,22926.70
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 3,405,039 0.13 1,466,325132.22
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,042,885 0.04 907,02714.98
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,976,930 0.11 2,390,86224.51
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 20,159,602 0.77 43,86045,863.52
SS Classified 9,240,592 0.35 332 0082,683.24
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia