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

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In the 2nd quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia was $217,249,685, down 24.44% ($70,286,822) from the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2019 were $155,243,732, down 25.32% ($52,625,654) from the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2019 were $62,005,953, down 22.17% ($17,661,168) from the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2019 was $93,237,779, a 27.27% decrease ($34,964,486) over the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 68th largest trading partner in the 2nd quarter of 2019 (up from 69th in the 2nd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.1357% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.1682% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 62nd largest export market in the 2nd quarter of 2019 (down from 59th in the 2nd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.1541% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.1886% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 69th largest supplier in the 2nd quarter of 2019 (down from 63rd in the 2nd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.1045% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.1312% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian exports to Saudi Arabia 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) - 31.55% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (71.89% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 28.86% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (1.07% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 16.39% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (5.49% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 9.04% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (3.38% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 7.72% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (3.95% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.79% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (13.55% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

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

  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $41,337,437;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $23,256,005;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $8,108,073;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $7,202,578;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $1,822,712;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $1,614,250;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $1,508,262;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $1,436,354;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $630,062;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $512,190.

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $99,544,035;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $20,584,234;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $10,981,529;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $9,224,342;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $3,251,394;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $735,000.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q2 2019,
US dollars ($)
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 8,696,420 5.60 588,3471,378.11
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,067,955 0.69 437,893143.88
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 25,684 0.02 10,829137.18
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 43,184-100.00
10 Cereals 24,638,449 15.87 124,182,484-80.16
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 36,915 0.02 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 6,051,260 3.90 17,032,789-64.47
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 94,273 0.06 358,701-73.72
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 6,566,431 4.23 6,537,4370.44
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 191,690 0.12 250,718-23.54
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,614,250 1.04 0
26 Ores, slag and ash 0 0.00 9,224,342-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 25,445,376 16.39 2,189,3711,062.22
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 303,360 0.20 12,6492,298.29
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 735,000-100.00
31 Fertilizers 230,526 0.15 65,993249.32
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 94,159 0.06 133,259-29.34
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 18,400 0.01 32,388-43.19
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,509 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 10,294,607 6.63 3,092,029232.94
39 Plastics and articles thereof 343,536 0.22 26,3871,201.91
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,748,733 1.77 2,938,065-6.44
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 434 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4,339,489 2.80 2,903,13549.48
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 783,410 0.50 271,220188.85
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 6,861,882 4.42 5,039,17036.17
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 644 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 806,217 0.52 423,93290.18
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 810-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 23,505 0.02 16,81639.78
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,825 0.00 0
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 10,370 0.01 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 285 0.00 139105.04
69 Ceramic products 0 0.00 320-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 737 0.00 361,947.22
72 Iron and steel 4,174,982 2.69 7,426,376-43.78
73 Articles of iron or steel 118,208 0.08 20,702,442-99.43
74 Copper and articles thereof 352 0.00 7,511-95.31
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0 0.00 1,961-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 206 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 2,107 0.00 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 32,428 0.02 26,35223.06
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 4,761 0.00 2,64080.34
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,200,038 0.77 1,323,787-9.35
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 410,304 0.26 551,996-25.67
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,508,262 0.97 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 41,687,379 26.85 349,94211,812.65
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 127,044 0.08 48426,148.76
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 63,335 0.04 12,297415.04
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 8,025 0.01 3022,557.28
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 417 0.00 0
SS Classified 4,610,553 2.97 915 853403.42

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 92.08% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (96.26% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.10% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.07% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.89% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.44% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.83% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.11% in the 2nd quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.58% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.78% in the 2nd quarter of 2018).

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

  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $1,239,764;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $1,171,192;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $598,888;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $485,213;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - an increase of $314,851.

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

  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $10,762,617;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $9,293,896;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $1,134,342;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $347,427.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q2 2019,
US dollars ($)
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 204,543 0.33 99,591105.38
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 4,159 0.01 1,263229.30
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 6,100 0.01 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,830 0.00 1,60414.09
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 2,120 0.00 2,135-0.70
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 606 0.00 3,979-84.77
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 58,782 0.09 6,722774.47
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 51,931 0.08 113,450-54.23
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0 0.00 17,845-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 15,520,206 25.03 26,282,823-40.95
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,347,533 2.17 176,341664.16
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,718,914 2.77 1,885,996-8.86
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 9,951-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 768,701 1.24 169,813352.68
39 Plastics and articles thereof 37,544,291 60.55 46,838,187-19.84
40 Rubber and articles thereof 193,901 0.31 1,328,243-85.40
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,296,998 2.09 57,2342,166.13
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2,129 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 1,099,623 1.77 784,77240.12
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 32,332 0.05 100,574-67.85
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 433 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 17,772-100.00
72 Iron and steel 42,330 0.07 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 429 0.00 56,981-99.25
74 Copper and articles thereof 485,520 0.78 307158,049.84
79 Zinc and articles thereof 216,558 0.35 81,723164.99
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 31,510 0.05 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 393,668 0.63 210,52287.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 974,947 1.57 1,322,374-26.27
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 0 0.00 91,739-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,548 0.00 1516,886.67
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 5,165-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3,311 0.01 0
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia