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Russian trade with South Africa 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 South Africa in 2011: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with South Africa

In 2011, Russia’s trade with South Africa totaled $579,961,863, up 11.72% ($60,843,363) from 2010.

Russia’s exports to South Africa in 2011 totaled $114,621,363, up 150.42% ($68,849,400) from 2010.

Russia’s imports from South Africa in 2011 were $465,340,500, down 1.69% ($8,006,037) from 2010.

Russia’s trade deficit with South Africa in 2011 was $350,719,137, a 17.97% decrease ($76,855,437) over 2010.

South Africa was Russia’s 77th largest trading partner in 2011 (down from 71st in 2010), accounting for 0.0705% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0829% in 2010).

South Africa was Russia’s 93rd largest export market in 2011 (up from 104th in 2010), accounting for 0.0222% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0115% in 2010).

South Africa was Russia’s 55th largest supplier in 2011 (down from 48th in 2010), accounting for 0.1522% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.2068% in 2010).

Russia’s Exports to South Africa

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 50.78% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (32.12% in 2010);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 29.60% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (20.95% in 2010);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 8.84% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (9.98% in 2010);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 5.09% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (23.73% in 2010);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.20% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (11.30% in 2010);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.12% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (0.52% in 2010);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.31% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (1.33% in 2010).

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $33,319,944;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $32,162,575;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $10,198,421;
  • 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 $4,843,122;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $1,056,389;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $991,873;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $938,675;
  • 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 $681,415;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $478,685;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $396,164.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to South Africa in 2011 over 2010 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) - a decrease of $9,587,219;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - a decrease of $5,111,491;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $1,215,014.
Russia’s exports to South Africa in 2011 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2011,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2010,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2011
over 2010
10 Cereals 33,319,944 29.07 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 9,587,219-100.00
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 1,563 0.00 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,617 0.00 0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 478,685 0.42 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 124,084 0.11 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 11,492-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,283,872 1.12 227,483464.38
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,080,921 0.94 399,506170.56
29 Organic chemicals 262,163 0.23 304,005-13.76
31 Fertilizers 41,997,345 36.64 9,834,770327.03
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 15,425 0.01 33,260-53.62
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 1,580-100.00
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 1,869 0.00 318487.74
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 20,550 0.02 142,580-85.59
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 429,184 0.37 183,875133.41
39 Plastics and articles thereof 598,343 0.52 202,179195.95
40 Rubber and articles thereof 13,799,076 12.04 3,600,655283.24
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 8,141 0.01 0
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 127 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 684,456 0.60 377,95081.10
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 16,545 0.01 232,259-92.88
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 5,137,838 4.48 10,249,329-49.87
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 315,100 0.27 284,16910.88
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 591 0.00 414,675.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 876 0.00 26,745-96.72
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 12,523 0.01 216,918-94.23
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 51,700-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 22,275 0.02 30,258-26.38
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,479 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 8,563 0.01 29,827-71.29
69 Ceramic products 4,500 0.00 1,138295.43
70 Glass and glassware 604 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 301 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 1,189,786 1.04 1,313,014-9.39
73 Articles of iron or steel 77,716 0.07 14,800425.11
74 Copper and articles thereof 14 0.00 15,384-99.91
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0 0.00 33-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,913,219 2.54 1,974,54447.54
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 638,907 0.56 1,853,921-65.54
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 91 0.00 148-38.51
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,647,390 1.44 655,517151.31
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 7,986,891 6.97 3,143,769154.05
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 72,158 0.06 25,585182.03
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 421,831 0.37 742,209-43.17
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 840-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 20 0.00 0
SS Classified 44,780 0.04 2 9801,402.68

Russia’s Imports from South Africa

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 51.20% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (46.79% in 2010);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 16.25% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (19.06% in 2010);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 15.96% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (19.16% in 2010);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 9.68% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (6.53% in 2010);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.05% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (7.65% in 2010).

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

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $33,775,014;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $18,925,389;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $6,330,517;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $5,176,418;
  • 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 $2,095,590;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $1,577,839.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from South Africa in 2011 over 2010 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 $27,391,864;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $20,902,378;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $15,729,667;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $7,324,093;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $2,271,695;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $1,850,352.
Russia’s imports from South Africa in 2011 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2011,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2010,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2011
over 2010
01 Live animals 430,753 0.09 230,34587.00
02 Meat and edible meat offal 0 0.00 67,315-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 769,394 0.17 442,05674.05
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 213,619 0.05 153,45139.21
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 214,846,120 46.17 195,920,7319.66
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 457,477 0.10 407,06912.38
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 734,105 0.16 908,830-19.23
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 6,822 0.00 16,209-57.91
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 134,736 0.03 151,106-10.83
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 7,577 0.00 6,26820.88
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 1,056 0.00 0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 10,170,829 2.19 10,939,625-7.03
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 85,249 0.02 93,987-9.30
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 10,290,533 2.21 12,140,885-15.24
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 101,493 0.02 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 3,661,151 0.79 3,078,44218.93
26 Ores, slag and ash 69,594,124 14.96 85,323,791-18.44
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,025,559 0.22 2,288,130-55.18
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 22,892,227 4.92 20,796,63710.08
29 Organic chemicals 699,653 0.15 1,293,516-45.91
30 Pharmaceutical products 3,164 0.00 165,329-98.09
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,135,580 0.24 687,46165.18
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 204,255 0.04 193,3765.63
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 75,165 0.02 40,43385.90
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 154,184 0.03 124,31124.03
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 424 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 9,756,499 2.10 4,580,081113.02
39 Plastics and articles thereof 8,701,440 1.87 2,370,923267.01
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,417,487 0.30 676,575109.51
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 68,662 0.01 20,320237.90
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 163,814 0.04 155,7115.20
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 491,193 0.11 67,313629.71
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 29,104 0.01 45,253-35.69
45 Cork and articles of cork 43 0.00 409-89.49
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 87 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 379,634 0.08 414,419-8.39
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 374,881 0.08 370,4571.19
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 70,662 0.02 20,767240.26
54 Man-made filaments 27,240 0.01 97,348-72.02
55 Man-made staple fibers 7,501 0.00 8,158-8.05
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 336 0.00 18977.78
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,948 0.00 2,461-20.85
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 18,106 0.00 32,204-43.78
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 4,526 0.00 11,046-59.03
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,502 0.00 2,947-15.10
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 22,172 0.00 32,915-32.64
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 386 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 231 0.00 4,708-95.09
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 1,203 0.00 901,236.67
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 18,305 0.00 25,911-29.35
69 Ceramic products 102,605 0.02 93,3169.95
70 Glass and glassware 191,128 0.04 131,13645.75
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,921,980 0.41 2,141,278-10.24
72 Iron and steel 14,773,969 3.17 22,098,062-33.14
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,120,389 0.24 3,392,084-66.97
74 Copper and articles thereof 264,368 0.06 1,190,820-77.80
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 8,446,454 1.82 6,868,61522.97
78 Lead and articles thereof 520 0.00 889-41.51
79 Zinc and articles thereof 244,026 0.05 212,88914.63
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 999,355 0.21 444,162125.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 2,283,639 0.49 1,934,88518.02
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 30,192 0.01 78,888-61.73
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 12,586,394 2.70 33,488,772-62.42
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 13,042,485 2.80 40,434,349-67.74
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 1,219,947 0.26 964,36126.50
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 48,501,446 10.42 14,726,432229.35
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 253,574-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 257,498 0.06 356,634-27.80
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0 0.00 8-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0 0.00 621-100.00
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 40,015 0.01 73,072-45.24
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 7,993 0.00 2,223259.56
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 52,886 0.01 40,54830.43
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0 0.00 9,411-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia