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Russian trade in goods with Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia in the first quarter of 2018: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In the 1st quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia totaled $208,819,693, up 68.09% ($84,587,510) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2018 totaled $146,743,991, up 69.47% ($60,152,031) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2018 totaled $62,075,702, up 64.92% ($24,435,479) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2018 was $84,668,289, a 72.96% increase ($35,716,552) over the 1st quarter of 2017.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 67th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2018 (up from 76th in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.1325% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0966% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 64th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2018 (up from 70th in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.1424% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.1039% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 67th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2018 (up from 73rd in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.1137% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0832% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian exports to Saudi Arabia 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) - 43.95% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (20.17% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 11.84% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (35.68% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 6.43% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (18.85% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.95% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (9.30% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.82% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (13.84% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $34,548,927;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $8,495,200;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $3,403,211;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $2,765,429;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $886,982;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $538,230.

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

  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $13,669,818;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $10,779,571;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $3,553,193;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $2,562,313;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $2,311,301;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $1,050,224;
  • 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 $761,105.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2018
over Q1 2017
02 Meat and edible meat offal 48,530 0.03 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 681,964 0.46 143,734374.46
10 Cereals 45,082,830 30.72 10,533,903327.98
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 13,487,200 9.19 4,992,000170.18
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 5,198,644 3.54 1,795,433189.55
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0 0.00 4,255-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,204,656 0.82 11,984,227-89.95
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 134,316 0.09 895,421-85.00
29 Organic chemicals 265,500 0.18 698,842-62.01
30 Pharmaceutical products 194,760 0.13 1,244,984-84.36
31 Fertilizers 119,895 0.08 58,644104.45
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,078 0.00 34,889-96.91
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 47,711 0.03 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 5,443,399 3.71 7,754,700-29.81
39 Plastics and articles thereof 255,550 0.17 98,829158.58
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,974,469 2.03 5,536,782-46.28
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 90 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 942,042 0.64 4,495,235-79.04
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 120,511 0.08 126,040-4.39
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 6,197,676 4.22 3,432,24780.57
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0 0.00 1,800-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 41,342-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 106,105 0.07 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 258,115 0.18 225,49614.47
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 19,693 0.01 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,350 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 22,158-100.00
69 Ceramic products 0 0.00 15,975-100.00
72 Iron and steel 16,893,270 11.51 30,563,088-44.73
73 Articles of iron or steel 458,277 0.31 172,705165.35
74 Copper and articles thereof 3,657 0.00 0
75 Nickel and articles thereof 2,165 0.00 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 30-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 5,949 0.00 151,326-96.07
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 14,116 0.01 6,525116.34
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 114,583 0.08 75,46451.84
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 286,430 0.20 323,892-11.57
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 888,430 0.61 1,44861,255.66
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 161,330 0.11 224,636-28.18
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 900 0.00 0
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 0.00 421-100.00
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 12,573 0.01 3,020316.32
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 25,559-100.00
SS Classified 45,114,227 30.74 906 9104,874.50

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 97.59% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (94.93% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.45% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (2.32% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $17,674,676;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $8,369,780;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $1,043,145;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $824,819;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $211,345.

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

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $2,914,676;
  • 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 $244,920;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $226,736;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $196,729.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
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 335,085 0.54 123,740170.80
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 49,907 0.08 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 791 0.00 929-14.85
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,107 0.00 4,134-73.22
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 155 0.00 2,410-93.57
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 12,757 0.02 1,442784.67
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 428 0.00 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 14,415 0.02 71,655-79.88
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0 0.00 8,622-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 19,512,168 31.43 11,142,38875.12
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 2,914,676-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,371,345 2.21 328,200317.84
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 22,479 0.04 23,300-3.52
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 61-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 216,750 0.35 363,442-40.36
39 Plastics and articles thereof 38,632,680 62.23 20,958,00484.33
40 Rubber and articles thereof 825,626 1.33 807102,208.05
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 17,468 0.03 244,204-92.85
54 Man-made filaments 898,125 1.45 871,9833.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 2,620-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 15,821 0.03 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 938 0.00 49589.49
74 Copper and articles thereof 0 0.00 664-100.00
79 Zinc and articles thereof 82,262 0.13 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0 0.00 196,729-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 38,045 0.06 110,162-65.46
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 21,068 0.03 265,988-92.08
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 6,282 0.01 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 3,568-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia