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Russian trade in goods with Iran 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 Iran in the first quarter of 2019: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Iran

In the 1st quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Iran totaled $542,917,148, up 14.12% ($67,155,244) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Iran in the 1st quarter of 2019 totaled $393,734,713, up 32.48% ($96,523,339) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Iran in the 1st quarter of 2019 were $149,182,435, down 16.45% ($29,368,095) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Iran in the 1st quarter of 2019 was $244,552,278, a 106.09% increase ($125,891,434) over the 1st quarter of 2018.

Iran was Russia’s 48th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2019 (up from 50th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.3449% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.3018% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Iran was Russia’s 44th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2019 (up from 49th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.3772% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.2885% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Iran was Russia’s 50th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2019 (down from 45th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.2812% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.3270% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Iran

The major share of Russian exports to Iran 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) - 78.82% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (52.97% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 8.60% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (10.86% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 7.97% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (14.61% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.57% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (3.17% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.26% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (17.34% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Iran 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 $109,674,788;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $40,477,441;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $6,999,917;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $6,368,958;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $4,334,233;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $3,321,566;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $1,470,646;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $1,218,398.

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

  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $50,116,117;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $9,848,643;
  • 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 (HS code 86) - a decrease of $8,940,952;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $3,166,902;
  • 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 $2,139,683;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $2,036,606.
Russia’s exports to Iran in the 1st quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2019
over Q1 2018
02 Meat and edible meat offal 11,288,961 2.87 6,954,72862.32
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 22,685 0.01 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 3,643,602 0.93 2,172,95667.68
10 Cereals 153,437,602 38.97 112,960,16135.83
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 243,390 0.06 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 415,240 0.11 2,451,846-83.06
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 141,079,056 35.83 31,404,268349.24
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 27,848 0.01 91,754-69.65
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 122,745 0.03 156,650-21.64
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 14,581 0.00 209,808-93.05
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 16,350 0.00 80,902-79.79
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 20,761 0.01 71,231-70.85
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0 0.00 887,285-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 860,070 0.22 358,985139.58
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 4,515,332 1.15 3,684,24522.56
29 Organic chemicals 1,665,874 0.42 1,487,34012.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 254,619 0.06 0
31 Fertilizers 0 0.00 55,650-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,044,483 0.52 2,071,714-1.31
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 28,116 0.01 22,85623.01
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 6,659 0.00 29,599-77.50
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 1,192-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 20,255 0.01 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 51,501 0.01 193,096-73.33
39 Plastics and articles thereof 634,510 0.16 1,304,689-51.37
40 Rubber and articles thereof 905,158 0.23 584,07254.97
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 20,986,619 5.33 30,835,262-31.94
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 4,060,271 1.03 2,841,87342.87
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 3,354,729 0.85 6,521,631-48.56
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2,993,589 0.76 3,229,009-7.29
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 731 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 1,021,492 0.26 1,356,179-24.68
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 424,134 0.11 681,896-37.80
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,297 0.00 99,549-98.70
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 4,820 0.00 443988.04
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 12,775 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 122 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 3,047 0.00 1082,721.30
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 69,685 0.02 117,188-40.54
69 Ceramic products 36 0.00 369-90.24
70 Glass and glassware 24,463 0.01 106,966-77.13
72 Iron and steel 320,562 0.08 50,436,679-99.36
73 Articles of iron or steel 4,053,478 1.03 731,912453.82
74 Copper and articles thereof 30,319 0.01 90,760-66.59
75 Nickel and articles thereof 20,123 0.01 43,656-53.91
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,252 0.00 193,670-99.35
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 16,283 0.00 6012,609.32
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 91,299 0.02 26,317246.92
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 439,859 0.11 93047,196.67
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 13,758,702 3.49 6,758,785103.57
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 12,332,162 3.13 14,471,845-14.79
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 151,050 0.04 9,092,002-98.34
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 41,167 0.01 190,773-78.42
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 547,000-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 7,576,773 1.92 1,207,815527.31
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 44,967 0.01 1,1063,965.73
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,208 0.00 0
SS Classified 577,301 0.15 392 02347.26

Russia’s Imports from Iran

The major share of Russian imports from Iran 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) - 83.80% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (80.42% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 8.46% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (5.72% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.76% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (0.40% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.61% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (1.04% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.30% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (10.44% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

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

  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $1,975,315;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - an increase of $1,893,430;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $1,663,543;
  • 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 $1,128,550;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $893,293;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $817,464;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $757,470;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $751,558;
  • Ceramic products (HS code 69) - an increase of $500,297.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Iran 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) - a decrease of $19,408,863;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - a decrease of $18,448,654;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $1,456,933.
Russia’s imports from Iran in the 1st quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2019
over Q1 2018
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 887,285 0.59 135,727553.73
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,063,837 0.71 923,97715.14
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 5,210 0.00 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 73,587,226 49.33 71,611,9112.76
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 46,151,584 30.94 65,560,447-29.60
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 370,944 0.25 503,329-26.30
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0 0.00 2,093-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 67,720 0.05 7,355820.73
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0 0.00 22,924-100.00
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 31,570 0.02 105,472-70.07
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 92-100.00
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 21,458 0.01 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 78,203 0.05 114,914-31.95
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 108,772 0.07 80,59034.97
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 175,099 0.12 369,455-52.61
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 2,364,799 1.59 3,821,732-38.12
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 6,009 0.00 165,168-96.36
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,912 0.00 11,037-73.62
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 90,553 0.06 150,585-39.87
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,245,151 0.83 990,57025.70
26 Ores, slag and ash 0 0.00 35,219-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 58,360 0.04 224,134-73.96
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,289,019 0.86 160,469703.28
29 Organic chemicals 277,449 0.19 673,643-58.81
30 Pharmaceutical products 6,402,795 4.29 5,509,50216.21
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0 0.00 398-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 30,719 0.02 13,393129.37
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 13,463 0.01 28,699-53.09
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 70,264 0.05 108,787-35.41
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 10,523 0.01 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 0 0.00 4,415-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 4,525,462 3.03 3,707,99822.05
40 Rubber and articles thereof 613 0.00 4,538-86.49
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 83,772 0.06 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 289 0.00 97197.94
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 53 0.00 390-86.41
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,418 0.00 1,832141.16
54 Man-made filaments 44,456 0.03 0
55 Man-made staple fibers 1,918,356 1.29 24,9267,596.20
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0 0.00 647-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 264,760 0.18 186,43142.02
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 19,305-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 402,892 0.27 450,378-10.54
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 40,787-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,287,680 0.86 1,026,87925.40
69 Ceramic products 855,978 0.57 355,681140.66
70 Glass and glassware 903,263 0.61 822,7489.79
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,563 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 1,665,433 1.12 1,89088,018.15
73 Articles of iron or steel 177,053 0.12 170,2703.98
74 Copper and articles thereof 199 0.00 18,448,853-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 34,163 0.02 0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 56,276 0.04 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0 0.00 4,021-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0 0.00 17,477-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,027,223 0.69 1,168,788-12.11
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 37,059 0.02 15,743135.40
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,131,002 0.76 373,532202.79
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 213,100 0.14 298,148-28.53
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 14,547 0.01 1,583818.95
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 110,742 0.07 55,64799.01
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 9,136 0.01 15,416-40.74
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,660 0.00 488240.16
SS Classified 363 0.00 0
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia