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

Russia’s Trade with North Korea

In the 1st quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with North Korea totaled $15,888,048, up 202.40% ($10,633,979) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 1st quarter of 2019 totaled $15,402,715, up 230.08% ($10,736,310) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 1st quarter of 2019 were $485,333, down 17.41% ($102,331) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with North Korea in the 1st quarter of 2019 was $14,917,382, a 265.73% increase ($10,838,641) over the 1st quarter of 2018.

North Korea was Russia’s 125th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2019 (up from 144th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0101% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0033% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

North Korea was Russia’s 110th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2019 (up from 128th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0148% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0045% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

North Korea was Russia’s 139th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2019 (down from 136th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0009% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0011% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to North Korea

The major share of Russian exports to North Korea 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) - 72.25% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (68.77% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 25.92% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (22.93% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.40% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (8.04% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to North Korea 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) - an increase of $7,920,577;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - an increase of $1,741,059;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $1,199,207;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $60,341.

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

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $172,273;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $85,552.
Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 1st quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
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 0 0.00 70-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 4-100.00
10 Cereals 1,199,207 7.79 0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,972,160 12.80 231,101753.38
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 752,563 4.89 838,115-10.21
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 40,312 0.26 31,343,633.33
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 9,220 0.06 4411,990.70
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 18,987 0.12 2617,174.71
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 131-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 28,408 0.18 29,400-3.37
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 11,100,134 72.07 3,179,557249.11
30 Pharmaceutical products 188,995 1.23 361,268-47.69
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 449 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 42 0.00 2,438-98.28
39 Plastics and articles thereof 19 0.00 627-96.97
40 Rubber and articles thereof 25,673 0.17 10,712139.67
52 Cotton 324 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 5 0.00 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 2,119-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 981 0.01 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 855 0.01 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 9 0.00 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 60,341 0.39 0
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 2,687 0.02 0
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 397 0.00 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 716 0.00 10,158-92.95
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 144 0.00 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 87 0.00 0

Russia’s Imports from North Korea

The major share of Russian imports from North Korea 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) - 14.96% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (17.14% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 4.24% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (0.00% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.36% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (1.16% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.55% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (17.77% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $50,966;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $20,583;
  • 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 $10,024;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $3,381;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $3,194;
  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 92) - an increase of $2,974.

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $100,401;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $88,391;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $3,618;
  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes (HS code 35) - a decrease of $2,100.
Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 1st quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2019
over Q1 2018
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 20,583 4.24 0
29 Organic chemicals 993 0.20 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 108-100.00
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 2,100-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,615 0.33 102,016-98.42
40 Rubber and articles thereof 48 0.01 181-73.48
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 169 0.03 235-28.09
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 152-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 3,194 0.66 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 563 0.12 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 15-100.00
69 Ceramic products 0 0.00 49-100.00
72 Iron and steel 0 0.00 3,618-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 6,559 1.35 3,178106.39
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 57 0.01 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 50,966 10.50 0
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 21,631 4.46 11,60786.36
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 88,391-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 744-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 378,150 77.92 375,1760.79
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 805 0.17 94756.38
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia