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Russian trade in goods with Afghanistan in Q2 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 second quarter of 2019: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Afghanistan

In the 2nd quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Afghanistan was $26,244,194, down 26.82% ($9,617,164) from the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2019 were $25,007,460, down 28.28% ($9,860,061) from the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2019 totaled $1,236,734, up 24.44% ($242,897) from the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2019 was $23,770,726, a 29.83% decrease ($10,102,958) over the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Afghanistan was Russia’s 111th largest trading partner in the 2nd quarter of 2019 (down from 109th in the 2nd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0164% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0210% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 97th largest export market in the 2nd quarter of 2019 (down from 96th in the 2nd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0248% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0316% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 130th largest supplier in the 2nd quarter of 2019 (down from 129th in the 2nd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0021% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0016% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Afghanistan

The major share of Russian exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2019 (and in the 2nd quarter of 2018) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 39.91% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (23.15% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 35.55% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (26.38% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 18.39% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (35.66% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.03% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (1.86% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.60% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (1.63% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.41% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (8.25% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2019 over the 2nd 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 $1,911,468;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $297,304;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $183,249;
  • 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 $178,999;
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - an increase of $164,797;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $135,849;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $77,049.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2019 over the 2nd quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $7,937,888;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $2,610,151;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $472,675;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $458,888;
  • 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 $187,894;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $82,937.
Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q2 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q2 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2019
over Q2 2018
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 3,272-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 8,605,773 34.41 9,078,448-5.21
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 59,639 0.24 8,677587.32
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 216,175 0.86 80,326169.12
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 8,729 0.03 5,16768.94
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0 0.00 7,246-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0 0.00 9,160-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 4,408-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 9,981,583 39.91 8,070,11523.69
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 0 0.00 534-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 0 0.00 1,025-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 220,435 0.88 217,6801.27
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 26,330 0.11 1,3791,809.35
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 50,578 0.20 238,472-78.79
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 165,000 0.66 20381,180.79
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 183,475 0.73 22681,083.63
39 Plastics and articles thereof 3,238 0.01 0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 107,763 0.43 190,700-43.49
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4,494,612 17.97 12,432,500-63.85
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 26,224 0.10 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 77,049 0.31 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 510 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 476-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 14,894 0.06 75,831-80.36
72 Iron and steel 0 0.00 458,888-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 389,424 1.56 92,120322.74
74 Copper and articles thereof 0 0.00 4,400-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 12,700-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,300 0.01 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0 0.00 1,840-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 8,977 0.04 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 121,216 0.48 150,918-19.68
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 228,074 0.91 49,075364.75
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 2,610,151-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,909 0.02 64,724-93.96
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0 0.00 53-100.00
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 200 0.00 0
SS Classified 12,353 0.05 996 807-98.76

Russia’s Imports from Afghanistan

The major share of Russian imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2019 (and in the 2nd quarter of 2018) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 91.30% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (73.56% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.37% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (0.00% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.00% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (23.00% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2019 over the 2nd 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 $403,801;
  • Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof (HS code 43) - an increase of $56,514;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $16,949.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2019 over the 2nd quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cotton (HS code 52) - a decrease of $228,610;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $5,801;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $4,137.
Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q2 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q2 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2019
over Q2 2018
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,070,055 86.52 666,25460.61
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 59,057 4.78 64,858-8.94
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 16,949 1.37 0
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 81,292 6.57 24,778228.08
52 Cotton 0 0.00 228,610-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 0 0.00 4,137-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,270 0.10 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 523 0.04 2,341-77.66
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 702 0.06 1,316-46.66
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2,592 0.21 0
SS Classified 4,294 0.35 1 543178.29
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia