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

Russia’s Trade with Iran

In the 2nd quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Iran totaled $572,411,359, up 21.94% ($102,991,931) from the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Iran in the 2nd quarter of 2019 totaled $431,967,329, up 30.09% ($99,917,414) from the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Iran in the 2nd quarter of 2019 totaled $140,444,030, up 2.24% ($3,074,517) from the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Iran in the 2nd quarter of 2019 was $291,523,299, a 49.74% increase ($96,842,897) over the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Iran was Russia’s 44th largest trading partner in the 2nd quarter of 2019 (up from 51st in the 2nd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.3576% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.2747% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

Iran was Russia’s 40th largest export market in the 2nd quarter of 2019 (up from 47th in the 2nd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.4287% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.3013% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

Iran was Russia’s 51st largest supplier in the 2nd quarter of 2019 (up from 54th in the 2nd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.2367% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.2263% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Iran

The major share of Russian exports to Iran 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) - 85.14% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (59.57% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 6.54% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (12.36% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 4.70% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (18.50% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.66% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (2.56% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.20% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (6.51% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Iran in the 2nd quarter of 2019 over the 2nd 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 $97,884,459;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $71,214,811;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $8,264,664;
  • 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 $4,043,964;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $1,420,972.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Iran in the 2nd quarter of 2019 over the 2nd 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) - a decrease of $30,724,225;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $20,358,351;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $13,498,364;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $6,600,200;
  • 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 $5,750,971;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $3,425,538;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - a decrease of $2,767,160.
Russia’s exports to Iran in the 2nd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q2 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q2 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2019
over Q2 2018
02 Meat and edible meat offal 12,804,801 2.96 12,595,6441.66
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,540,291 0.59 1,375,80384.64
10 Cereals 184,581,588 42.73 113,366,77762.82
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 778,797 0.18 11,8846,453.32
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 796,004 0.18 864,846-7.96
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 166,062,091 38.44 68,177,632143.57
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 101,692 0.02 52,11295.14
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 92,023 0.02 31,367193.38
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0 0.00 80,295-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0 0.00 34,860-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 63,243-100.00
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0 0.00 1,154,500-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,111,962 0.26 513,949116.36
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 7,136,614 1.65 3,092,650130.76
29 Organic chemicals 2,349,974 0.54 2,117,00611.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 178,841 0.04 0
31 Fertilizers 0 0.00 44,496-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 965,396 0.22 1,900,733-49.21
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 5,182 0.00 0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0 0.00 95,213-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 188,920 0.04 298,267-36.66
39 Plastics and articles thereof 469,596 0.11 808,540-41.92
40 Rubber and articles thereof 190,386 0.04 133,88842.20
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,475 0.00 586151.71
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 23,966,656 5.55 30,566,856-21.59
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 2,151,428 0.50 4,918,588-56.26
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,125,274 0.49 5,550,812-61.71
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 3,254 0.00 5,946-45.27
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 0 0.00 48-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 284,490 0.07 231,18023.06
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,506,984 0.35 745,758102.07
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 329-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 871 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 229 0.00 421-45.61
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 39 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 71 0.00 19273.68
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 74-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 51,625 0.01 15,641230.06
69 Ceramic products 251 0.00 415-39.52
70 Glass and glassware 13,609 0.00 153,237-91.12
72 Iron and steel 558,777 0.13 20,917,128-97.33
73 Articles of iron or steel 121,038 0.03 597,425-79.74
74 Copper and articles thereof 3,184 0.00 2471,189.07
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 103,984 0.02 60,17572.80
80 Tin and articles thereof 1 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 601-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 54,733 0.01 8,948511.68
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 11,305 0.00 24,605-54.05
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 4,746,575 1.10 5,589,525-15.08
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 2,246,044 0.52 32,970,269-93.19
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 3,299,600 0.76 9,050,571-63.54
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 49,064 0.01 13,547,428-99.64
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 8,264,664 1.91 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,686,963 0.39 265,991534.22
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0 0.00 63-100.00
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 0 0.00 4,471-100.00
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 68 0.00 6,710-98.99
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3,288 0.00 2,14353.43
SS Classified 357,627 0.08 0

Russia’s Imports from Iran

The major share of Russian imports from Iran 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) - 80.89% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (73.42% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 9.42% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (9.74% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 2.55% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (0.49% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.52% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (13.10% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.67% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (1.19% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.41% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (0.64% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

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

  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $9,883,187;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $6,737,013;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $2,315,628;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $2,274,639;
  • Zinc and articles thereof (HS code 79) - an increase of $1,026,504;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - an increase of $788,194;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $713,569;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $675,507;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $665,619;
  • 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 $658,675;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $501,860.

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

  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - a decrease of $17,697,954;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $2,164,896;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $1,924,478;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $1,485,539;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $650,785;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - a decrease of $455,941.
Russia’s imports from Iran in the 2nd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q2 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q2 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2019
over Q2 2018
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 687,917 0.49 313,826119.20
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 8,306,433 5.91 1,569,420429.27
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 187 0.00 12,000-98.44
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 44,794,103 31.89 34,910,91628.31
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 56,564,589 40.28 58,489,067-3.29
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 412,255 0.29 1,063,040-61.22
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 24,596 0.02 27,508-10.59
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 609 0.00 44,758-98.64
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 145,930 0.10 85,38170.92
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 507 0.00 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 84,502 0.06 44,42290.23
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 100,618 0.07 52,93690.07
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 277,255 0.20 296,478-6.48
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,609,545 1.15 3,774,441-57.36
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 27,943 0.02 93,063-69.97
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 10,628-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 567,230 0.40 65,370767.72
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,843,614 2.02 527,986438.58
26 Ores, slag and ash 0 0.00 74,839-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 741,541 0.53 75,922876.71
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 840,481 0.60 181,806362.30
29 Organic chemicals 425,608 0.30 463,632-8.20
30 Pharmaceutical products 6,557,070 4.67 8,042,609-18.47
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0 0.00 2,817-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 8,453-100.00
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 24,974 0.02 62,904-60.30
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 64,635 0.05 35,45382.31
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 20,326 0.01 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 14,089 0.01 3,096355.07
39 Plastics and articles thereof 5,253,445 3.74 4,577,93814.76
40 Rubber and articles thereof 35,924 0.03 6545,392.97
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 496-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0 0.00 1,758-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 82 0.00 638-87.15
54 Man-made filaments 74,077 0.05 90,156-17.83
55 Man-made staple fibers 886,999 0.63 98,805797.73
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0 0.00 42,796-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 195,845 0.14 108,80280.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 10,192 0.01 23,854-57.27
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 3,324-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 718,909 0.51 517,30938.97
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 96,112 0.07 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,275,531 0.91 561,962126.98
69 Ceramic products 386,008 0.27 535,907-27.97
70 Glass and glassware 311,846 0.22 767,787-59.38
72 Iron and steel 2,274,639 1.62 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 195,384 0.14 243,498-19.76
74 Copper and articles thereof 0 0.00 17,697,954-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 42,900 0.03 15228,123.68
79 Zinc and articles thereof 1,026,504 0.73 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,306 0.00 47,654-97.26
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 5,070 0.00 861488.85
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,453,216 1.03 1,116,26330.19
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 799 0.00 109,212-99.27
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 123 0.00 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 824,438 0.59 405,856103.14
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 62,484 0.04 6509,512.92
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 10,072 0.01 8,75315.07
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 134,042 0.10 58,894127.60
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 31,440 0.02 13,287136.62
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 86 0.00 1,522-94.35
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia