Russian foreign trade
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Russian trade in goods with Afghanistan in Q1 2018

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 first quarter of 2018: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Afghanistan

In the 1st quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with Afghanistan was $31,227,366, down 58.03% ($43,176,247) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2018 were $30,306,368, down 59.13% ($43,849,013) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2018 totaled $920,998, up 271.02% ($672,766) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2018 was $29,385,370, a 60.24% decrease ($44,521,779) over the 1st quarter of 2017.

Afghanistan was Russia’s 112th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2018 (down from 88th in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0198% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0579% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 92nd largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2018 (down from 75th in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0294% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0890% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 129th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2018 (up from 140th in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0017% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0005% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Afghanistan

The major share of Russian exports to Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2018 (and in the 1st quarter of 2017) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 39.92% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (52.36% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 23.43% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (11.81% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 21.54% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (15.07% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 5.47% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (1.33% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.12% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (0.61% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.81% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (17.97% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2018 over the 1st quarter of 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $512,443;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $313,109;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $251,627;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $158,057;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $92,230.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2018 over the 1st quarter of 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $26,728,259;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $12,945,004;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $4,432,331;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $1,577,036;
  • Ceramic products (HS code 69) - a decrease of $319,919;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $213,954;
  • 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 $183,724;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $111,025.
Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2018
over Q1 2017
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0 0.00 16,280-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0 0.00 46,800-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 7,099,440 23.43 8,676,476-18.18
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0 0.00 21,000-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 29-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 12,099,699 39.92 38,827,958-68.84
29 Organic chemicals 512,443 1.69 0
30 Pharmaceutical products 316,093 1.04 2,98410,492.93
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 37,009-100.00
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 92,084 0.30 275,808-66.61
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 220,000 0.73 213,7502.92
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 222,690 0.73 130,46070.70
39 Plastics and articles thereof 9,303 0.03 7501,140.40
40 Rubber and articles thereof 285,222 0.94 324,413-12.08
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 6,528,118 21.54 10,960,449-40.44
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0 0.00 213,954-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0 0.00 28-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0 0.00 273-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 20-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 13,056 0.04 7,51673.71
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 360-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 162-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 429-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 5,656 0.02 677735.45
69 Ceramic products 0 0.00 319,919-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 21 0.00 59-64.41
72 Iron and steel 376,136 1.24 13,321,140-97.18
73 Articles of iron or steel 158,511 0.52 45434,814.32
74 Copper and articles thereof 0 0.00 11-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 1,500-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 14,381 0.05 5625,580.36
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 730 0.00 4,559-83.99
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 383,308 1.26 131,681191.09
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 77,151 0.25 48,71558.37
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 144,711 0.48 255,736-43.41
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 36,374 0.12 15,638132.60
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 2,820 0.01 0
SS Classified 1,708,421 5.64 298 328472.67

Russia’s Imports from Afghanistan

The major share of Russian imports from Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2018 (and in the 1st quarter of 2017) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 93.20% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (99.96% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.86% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (0.00% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2018 over the 1st quarter of 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $569,533;
  • Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof (HS code 43) - an increase of $43,382;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $40,723;
  • Carpets and other textile floor coverings (HS code 57) - an increase of $17,120.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2018 over the 1st quarter of 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 1st quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2018
over Q1 2017
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 795,049 86.32 225,516252.55
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 63,351 6.88 22,628179.97
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0 0.00 10-100.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 20 0.00 67-70.15
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 43,382 4.71 0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 17,120 1.86 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,255 0.14 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 44 0.00 0
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 11-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 777 0.08 0
Russian foreign trade statistics
Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia