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

Russia’s Trade with Syria

In the 1st quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Syria totaled $65,627,270, up 31.78% ($15,828,117) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Syria in the 1st quarter of 2019 totaled $63,731,616, up 35.05% ($16,541,719) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Syria in the 1st quarter of 2019 were $1,895,654, down 27.35% ($713,602) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Syria in the 1st quarter of 2019 was $61,835,962, a 38.71% increase ($17,255,321) over the 1st quarter of 2018.

Syria was Russia’s 87th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2019 (up from 95th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0417% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0316% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Syria was Russia’s 77th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2019 (up from 84th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0611% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0458% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Syria was Russia’s 119th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2019 (down from 118th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0036% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0048% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Syria

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

  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 39.54% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (46.43% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 22.26% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (15.87% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 19.86% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (19.62% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.19% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (0.47% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.56% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (15.57% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.44% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (1.05% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

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

  • 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 $5,777,345;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $3,691,187;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $2,576,919;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $1,940,456;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $948,335;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $935,264;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $766,972;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $336,960;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $328,222.

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

  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - a decrease of $6,969,902;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $681,393;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $377,007;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $218,982.
Russia’s exports to Syria in the 1st quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
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 336,960 0.53 0
10 Cereals 4,284,022 6.72 4,965,415-13.72
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 55,821 0.09 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 7,978,889 12.52 4,287,70286.09
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 319 0.00 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 6,648-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 277,347 0.44 496,329-44.12
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 38,245 0.06 31,60920.99
30 Pharmaceutical products 59 0.00 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 123,291 0.19 261,672-52.88
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 32,600 0.05 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 559 0.00 0
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1 0.00 0
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0 0.00 6,969,902-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 61 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 19 0.00 53,728-99.96
39 Plastics and articles thereof 63,531 0.10 1,6383,778.57
40 Rubber and articles thereof 99,603 0.16 27,391263.63
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 28 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4,816,150 7.56 4,049,17818.94
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 73,067 0.11 128,290-43.05
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 20,310,993 31.87 17,734,07414.53
52 Cotton 0 0.00 27,179-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 38,769-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 150 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 63,247-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 117 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 456 0.00 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 6 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 18 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3,456 0.01 0
69 Ceramic products 21 0.00 0
70 Glass and glassware 1,727 0.00 0
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 10 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 1,940,456 3.04 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 379,924 0.60 189,761100.21
74 Copper and articles thereof 935,264 1.47 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 5 0.00 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 51,640 0.08 31,98161.47
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,170 0.00 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,130,780 4.91 3,507,787-10.75
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 9,759,675 15.31 3,982,330145.07
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 20,145 0.03 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 948,335 1.49 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 329,093 0.52 87137,683.35
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 15,164 0.02 22,704-33.21
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 504 0.00 0
SS Classified 7,721,935 12.12 311 6922,377.42

Russia’s Imports from Syria

The major share of Russian imports from Syria 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) - 99.74% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (98.60% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.00% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (1.32% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

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

  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - an increase of $24,138.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Syria 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 $406,859;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $131,016;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $81,906;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $66,032;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $34,535;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $19,516.
Russia’s imports from Syria in the 1st quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2019
over Q1 2018
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0 0.00 131,016-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,837,414 96.93 2,244,273-18.13
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 22,472 1.19 104,378-78.47
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 66,032-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 24,138 1.27 0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 6,775 0.36 26,291-74.23
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0 0.00 717-100.00
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 0 0.00 1,958-100.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0 0.00 16-100.00
74 Copper and articles thereof 3,755 0.20 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 0 0.00 34,535-100.00
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 1,100 0.06 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 40-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia