Russian foreign trade
reports and reviews

Russian trade with Saudi Arabia in 2011

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 2011: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In 2011, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia totaled $851,973,586, up 132.51% ($485,550,209) from 2010.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in 2011 totaled $643,091,907, up 116.04% ($345,423,879) from 2010.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in 2011 totaled $208,881,679, up 203.80% ($140,126,330) from 2010.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in 2011 was $434,210,228, a 89.68% increase ($205,297,549) over 2010.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 70th largest trading partner in 2011 (up from 78th in 2010), accounting for 0.1036% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0585% in 2010).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 65th largest export market in 2011 (up from 66th in 2010), accounting for 0.1245% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0750% in 2010).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 69th largest supplier in 2011 (up from 83rd in 2010), accounting for 0.0683% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0300% in 2010).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian exports to Saudi Arabia in 2011 (and in 2010) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 59.65% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (41.79% in 2010);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 31.32% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (47.51% in 2010);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.84% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (6.69% in 2010);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.07% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (0.93% in 2010);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.60% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (2.90% in 2010).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in 2011 over 2010 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $237,689,150;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $44,217,087;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $19,938,403;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $19,099,252;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $11,490,847;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $7,466,102;
  • Lead and articles thereof (HS code 78) - an increase of $4,194,050;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $3,200,000;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $2,327,958.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in 2011 over 2010 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - a decrease of $4,339,446;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $3,485,044;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $2,675,673;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $2,383,439;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - a decrease of $2,362,276.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in 2011 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2011,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2010,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2011
over 2010
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 42,460 0.01 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 54,885 0.01 32,43969.19
10 Cereals 356,210,646 55.39 118,521,496200.55
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 7,160 0.00 12,404-42.28
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 24,940,035 3.88 5,840,783327.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 2,327,958 0.36 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0 0.00 299-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 0 0.00 56,026-100.00
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 2,475 0.00 2,364,751-99.90
29 Organic chemicals 2,096,975 0.33 883,580137.33
30 Pharmaceutical products 320,328 0.05 441,594-27.46
31 Fertilizers 818,215 0.13 881,941-7.23
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 89 0.00 761-88.30
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 19 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 513,659 0.08 3,998,703-87.15
39 Plastics and articles thereof 2,235 0.00 2,443-8.51
40 Rubber and articles thereof 93,892 0.01 56,31366.73
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 1,408-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 9,979,558 1.55 12,655,231-21.14
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 23,563 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 14,714,487 2.29 7,248,385103.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0 0.00 8-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 167,106 0.03 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 3,200,000 0.50 0
69 Ceramic products 0 0.00 458,734-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 4,664 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 159,917,795 24.87 115,700,70838.22
73 Articles of iron or steel 10,243,998 1.59 12,627,437-18.88
74 Copper and articles thereof 4,306 0.00 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 22,544,092 3.51 2,605,689765.19
78 Lead and articles thereof 8,719,908 1.36 4,525,85892.67
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0 0.00 1,634,195-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 4,339,446-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0 0.00 2,702-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 367,775 0.06 2,128,503-82.72
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 988,041 0.15 247,874298.61
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 108,273 0.02 35,380206.03
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 11,853,647 1.84 362,8003,167.27
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 32,789 0.01 13723,833.58
SS Classified 12,790,874 1.99 0

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian imports from Saudi Arabia in 2011 (and in 2010) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 83.55% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (85.80% in 2010);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 11.64% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (6.23% in 2010);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.19% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (3.76% in 2010);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.97% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (2.25% in 2010);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.58% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.93% in 2010).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in 2011 over 2010 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $47,715,319;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $43,146,466;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $19,876,326;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $19,604,188;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $4,634,056;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - an increase of $1,940,425;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $1,896,635.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in 2011 over 2010 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in 2011 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2011,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2010,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2011
over 2010
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 228,273 0.11 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 23,790,262 11.39 4,186,074468.32
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0 0.00 98,415-100.00
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 286,496 0.14 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 815 0.00 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 10,495 0.01 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 45,532 0.02 0
29 Organic chemicals 47,275,584 22.63 4,129,1181,044.93
30 Pharmaceutical products 19,876,326 9.52 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 8,739,269 4.18 4,105,213112.88
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 18,414 0.01 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 166,173 0.08 42,372292.18
39 Plastics and articles thereof 98,433,528 47.12 50,718,20994.08
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,244 0.00 563298.58
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 250 0.00 83,025.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 11,767 0.01 15,175-22.46
54 Man-made filaments 4,524,100 2.17 2,583,67575.10
55 Man-made staple fibers 3,612 0.00 3,897-7.31
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 6,588 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 49,938 0.02 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 77,817 0.04 63123,419.05
73 Articles of iron or steel 2,999,112 1.44 1,102,477172.03
78 Lead and articles thereof 0 0.00 294-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 517,832 0.25 44,9231,052.71
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 599,250 0.29 400,20749.74
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,177,046 0.56 1,244,222-5.40
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 38,396 0.02 76,707-49.94
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,747 0.00 2,857-38.85
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 813 0.00 7912.78
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 89-100.00
Russian foreign trade statistics
Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia