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Russian trade in goods with Afghanistan in Q1 2019

by Russian Foreign Trade
based on data from the Federal Customs Service of Russia
The Report on Russia’s foreign trade in goods with Afghanistan in the first quarter of 2019: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Afghanistan

In the 1st quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Afghanistan was $25,419,171, down 18.60% ($5,808,195) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2019 were $24,151,517, down 20.31% ($6,154,851) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2019 totaled $1,267,654, up 37.64% ($346,656) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2019 was $22,883,863, a 22.12% decrease ($6,501,507) over the 1st quarter of 2018.

Afghanistan was Russia’s 111th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2019 (up from 112th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0161% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0198% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 97th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2019 (down from 92nd in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0231% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0294% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 129th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2019 (just as in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0024% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0017% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Afghanistan

The major share of Russian exports to Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2019 (and in the 1st quarter of 2018) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 49.91% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (23.43% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 20.34% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (21.54% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 15.57% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (39.92% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.35% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (1.81% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.93% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (5.47% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.08% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (2.12% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2019 over the 1st quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $4,246,448;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $1,130,056;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $1,059,064;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $529,366;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - an increase of $278,908;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $253,617;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $148,504.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2019 over the 1st quarter of 2018 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 $8,340,372;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $2,745,637;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $421,610;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $274,854;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $222,616;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $176,583;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $109,482;
  • 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) - a decrease of $91,322.
Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2019
over Q1 2018
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 529,366 2.19 0
10 Cereals 12,350 0.05 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 11,345,888 46.98 7,099,44059.81
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 5,880 0.02 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 148,504 0.61 0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 11,004 0.05 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 3,759,327 15.57 12,099,699-68.93
29 Organic chemicals 90,833 0.38 512,443-82.27
30 Pharmaceutical products 41,239 0.17 316,093-86.95
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,888 0.01 0
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 762 0.00 92,084-99.17
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 220,000 0.91 220,0000.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 476,307 1.97 222,690113.89
39 Plastics and articles thereof 10,078 0.04 9,3038.33
40 Rubber and articles thereof 108,639 0.45 285,222-61.91
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 3,782,481 15.66 6,528,118-42.06
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,130,056 4.68 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 382 0.00 13,056-97.07
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 145 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 5,656-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 278,929 1.15 211,328,133.33
72 Iron and steel 314,359 1.30 376,136-16.42
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,217,575 5.04 158,511668.13
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,750 0.01 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0 0.00 14,381-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0 0.00 730-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 160,692 0.67 383,308-58.08
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 30,503 0.13 77,151-60.46
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 35,229 0.15 144,711-75.66
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 34,487 0.14 36,374-5.19
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0 0.00 2,820-100.00
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 12,113 0.05 0
SS Classified 390,751 1.62 1 708 421-77.13

Russia’s Imports from Afghanistan

The major share of Russian imports from Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2019 (and in the 1st quarter of 2018) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 96.54% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (93.20% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 2.56% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (0.00% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.00% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (1.86% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2019 over the 1st quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $336,311;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $32,500;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $29,044;
  • 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 $8,022.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2019 over the 1st quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof (HS code 43) - a decrease of $43,382;
  • Carpets and other textile floor coverings (HS code 57) - a decrease of $17,120.
Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2019
over Q1 2018
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,131,360 89.25 795,04942.30
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 92,395 7.29 63,35145.85
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 32,500 2.56 0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 82 0.01 20310.00
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0 0.00 43,382-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 17,120-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 8,022 0.63 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 0 0.00 1,255-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 120 0.01 44172.73
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 875 0.07 77712.61
SS Classified 2,300 0.18 0
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia