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

Russia’s Trade with Japan

In the 1st quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Japan totaled $4,656,138,831, up 3.87% ($173,326,378) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Japan in the 1st quarter of 2019 totaled $2,633,142,077, up 1.84% ($47,642,307) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Japan in the 1st quarter of 2019 totaled $2,022,996,754, up 6.62% ($125,684,071) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Japan in the 1st quarter of 2019 was $610,145,323, a 11.34% decrease ($78,041,764) over the 1st quarter of 2018.

Japan was Russia’s 9th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2019 (just as in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 2.9577% of Russia’s total trade (up from 2.8438% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Japan was Russia’s 11th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2019 (up from 13th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 2.5226% of Russia’s total exports (up from 2.5096% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Japan was Russia’s 6th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2019 (up from 7th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 3.8139% of Russia’s total imports (up from 3.4743% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Japan

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 75.87% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (75.66% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 9.56% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (10.52% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 6.77% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (4.53% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 5.01% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (4.83% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.38% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (1.10% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.19% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (0.83% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.17% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (2.49% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Japan in the 1st quarter of 2019 over the 1st quarter of 2018 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) - an increase of $61,201,932;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $31,058,535;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $10,496,312;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $10,376,135;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $10,252,625;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $9,369,672.

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

  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $60,414,092;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $26,993,051.
Russia’s exports to Japan in the 1st quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2019
over Q1 2018
01 Live animals 0 0.00 100-100.00
02 Meat and edible meat offal 83,914 0.00 110,517-24.07
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 19,133,616 0.73 18,637,6752.66
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 7,251 0.00 5,33535.91
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,904 0.00 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 266,342 0.01 266,544-0.08
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0 0.00 825-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 17,453 0.00 10,60764.54
10 Cereals 16,314,534 0.62 8,533,00791.19
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 7,443 0.00 64,439-88.45
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 102,758 0.00 229,785-55.28
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 11,952 0.00 0
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 18,867 0.00 288,016-93.45
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,970 0.00 4,544-56.65
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 39,531 0.00 13,936183.66
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 4,558 0.00 1,616182.05
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 3,498 0.00 4,626-24.38
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 110,045 0.00 131,713-16.45
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 26,136 0.00 67,158-61.08
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 86,174 0.00 25,712235.15
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 47,812 0.00 18,460159.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,958,871 0.11 1,781,89366.05
26 Ores, slag and ash 30,158,782 1.15 20,789,11045.07
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,964,611,773 74.61 1,933,553,2381.61
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3,813,846 0.14 5,080,288-24.93
29 Organic chemicals 17,802,145 0.68 7,549,520135.80
30 Pharmaceutical products 7,248 0.00 6,17617.36
31 Fertilizers 2,796,249 0.11 2,569,9288.81
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 180 0.00 5,915-96.96
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 130,105 0.00 217,441-40.17
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 12,773 0.00 5,091150.89
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 1,733-100.00
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0 0.00 484-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 830,815 0.03 371,690123.52
39 Plastics and articles thereof 310,712 0.01 95,019227.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 5,589,646 0.21 5,673,099-1.47
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,667 0.00 1,292106.42
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 120,227,920 4.57 109,731,6089.57
45 Cork and articles of cork 69 0.00 3597.14
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 11,397,445 0.43 15,034,213-24.19
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 125,091 0.00 58,179115.01
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 41,699 0.00 33,21025.56
55 Man-made staple fibers 171,180 0.01 391,642-56.29
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 89 0.00 2,496-96.43
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 219 0.00 19810.61
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,898 0.00 413359.56
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 27 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 90,977 0.00 42,078116.21
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 48,080 0.00 75,742-36.52
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 45,773 0.00 7,044549.82
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 285,706 0.01 147,54493.64
65 Headgear and parts thereof 489 0.00 12,755-96.17
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 440 0.00 6,700-93.43
69 Ceramic products 14,073 0.00 5062,681.23
70 Glass and glassware 331,487 0.01 142,427132.74
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 178,372,363 6.77 117,170,43152.23
72 Iron and steel 72,215,229 2.74 61,839,09416.78
73 Articles of iron or steel 605,592 0.02 2,579,912-76.53
74 Copper and articles thereof 5,424 0.00 3216,850.00
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0 0.00 67,568-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 176,275,040 6.69 203,268,091-13.28
79 Zinc and articles thereof 340 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 2,707,322 0.10 4,156,922-34.87
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 397 0.00 2,269-82.50
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 7,110 0.00 4,43460.35
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 2,008,135 0.08 1,294,96755.07
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 1,078,712 0.04 1,084,528-0.54
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 8,516 0.00 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 942,698 0.04 638,10747.73
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 60,414,092-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 556,939 0.02 873,754-36.26
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0 0.00 15,596-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 12,296 0.00 12,380-0.68
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 212,983 0.01 174,55622.01
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 38,405 0.00 37,9661.16
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 294 0.00 372-20.97
SS Classified 50 0.00 61 377-99.92

Russia’s Imports from Japan

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 79.08% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (78.73% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 12.19% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (12.13% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.49% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (3.65% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.02% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (0.70% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Japan in the 1st quarter of 2019 over the 1st quarter of 2018 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 $76,603,380;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $25,256,990;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $14,586,623;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $12,966,701;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $8,034,496;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - an increase of $7,617,453;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $7,338,490;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $6,140,924.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Japan 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 $10,884,247;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $9,637,252;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $6,367,434.
Russia’s imports from Japan in the 1st quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2019
over Q1 2018
02 Meat and edible meat offal 133,277 0.01 89,44149.01
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 4,181,902 0.21 8,264,612-49.40
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,980 0.00 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 13,145 0.00 373,733-96.48
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 9,460 0.00 31,553-70.02
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 13,576 0.00 15,353-11.57
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 496,616 0.02 310,15160.12
10 Cereals 100,126 0.00 60,70364.94
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 21,628 0.00 10,369108.58
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 68,934 0.00 22,019213.07
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 186,313 0.01 243,181-23.39
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 27,754 0.00 33,182-16.36
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 32,279 0.00 21,76248.33
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 13,483 0.00 8,14365.58
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 220,158 0.01 222,162-0.90
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 226,500 0.01 192,18717.85
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 147,637 0.01 180,768-18.33
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 41,836 0.00 38,8857.59
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 1,492,409 0.07 1,704,609-12.45
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 957,232 0.05 613,98555.90
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 167,251 0.01 114,83445.65
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 115,288 0.01 105,7619.01
26 Ores, slag and ash 22,384 0.00 65,277-65.71
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 20,402,898 1.01 13,064,40856.17
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 2,371,103 0.12 1,665,66442.35
29 Organic chemicals 13,528,984 0.67 7,388,06083.12
30 Pharmaceutical products 13,183,539 0.65 15,667,351-15.85
31 Fertilizers 1,855 0.00 2,680-30.78
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 4,388,835 0.22 4,746,091-7.53
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 7,741,813 0.38 11,116,792-30.36
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 8,548,995 0.42 5,784,21947.80
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 273,484 0.01 612,408-55.34
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 15,631,669 0.77 13,572,63815.17
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 15,640,590 0.77 7,606,094105.63
39 Plastics and articles thereof 29,426,600 1.45 39,063,852-24.67
40 Rubber and articles thereof 135,863,247 6.72 122,896,54610.55
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 127,426 0.01 234,165-45.58
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 1,628 0.00 10,201-84.04
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 116,543 0.01 2,027,378-94.25
45 Cork and articles of cork 4,974 0.00 4,18318.91
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 0 0.00 2,600-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,395,013 0.07 1,700,536-17.97
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 405,932 0.02 252,41560.82
50 Silk 1,895 0.00 16,453-88.48
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 4,181 0.00 2,81148.74
52 Cotton 12,110 0.00 109,369-88.93
54 Man-made filaments 3,096,597 0.15 3,394,562-8.78
55 Man-made staple fibers 8,571,644 0.42 7,557,94313.41
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 2,133,002 0.11 1,650,47329.24
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 326,053 0.02 343,006-4.94
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 9,199 0.00 11,606-20.74
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 565,921 0.03 553,7152.20
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 166,041 0.01 182,757-9.15
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 389,324 0.02 214,36081.62
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 755,991 0.04 657,66314.95
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 634,992 0.03 560,60713.27
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 37,690 0.00 27,75535.80
65 Headgear and parts thereof 691,430 0.03 398,16273.66
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 20 0.00 180,695-99.99
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 156 0.00 272-42.65
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3,398,960 0.17 2,488,02136.61
69 Ceramic products 1,124,404 0.06 1,316,483-14.59
70 Glass and glassware 7,111,402 0.35 7,311,879-2.74
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,023,936 0.05 825,18724.09
72 Iron and steel 3,052,312 0.15 13,936,559-78.10
73 Articles of iron or steel 38,367,286 1.90 33,106,02415.89
74 Copper and articles thereof 234,947 0.01 471,230-50.14
75 Nickel and articles thereof 96,573 0.00 475,875-79.71
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,025,410 0.05 1,759,120-41.71
78 Lead and articles thereof 1,108 0.00 422162.56
79 Zinc and articles thereof 8,024 0.00 11,772-31.84
80 Tin and articles thereof 760 0.00 14,261-94.67
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 353,014 0.02 760,012-53.55
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 16,437,167 0.81 8,819,71486.37
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 10,927,553 0.54 9,990,1549.38
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 399,237,514 19.73 373,980,5246.75
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 142,602,795 7.05 146,631,885-2.75
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 1,512 0.00 9,397-83.91
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 957,741,948 47.34 881,138,5688.69
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 27,103,630 1.34 12,517,007116.53
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 73,118,250 3.61 79,485,684-8.01
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 1,001,279 0.05 1,054,382-5.04
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 551,996 0.03 540,8572.06
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 10,652,706 0.53 9,172,75916.13
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2,521,164 0.12 824,976205.60
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 29,995,150 1.48 34,654,124-13.44
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 120,690 0.01 0
SS Classified 42,722 0.00 12 647237.80
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia