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

Russia’s Trade with Syria

In the 1st quarter of 2018, Russia’s trade with Syria was $49,799,153, down 69.96% ($115,985,320) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s exports to Syria in the 1st quarter of 2018 were $47,189,897, down 71.37% ($117,651,599) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s imports from Syria in the 1st quarter of 2018 totaled $2,609,256, up 176.70% ($1,666,279) from the 1st quarter of 2017.

Russia’s trade surplus with Syria in the 1st quarter of 2018 was $44,580,641, a 72.80% decrease ($119,317,878) over the 1st quarter of 2017.

Syria was Russia’s 95th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2018 (down from 67th in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0316% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.1290% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

Syria was Russia’s 84th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2018 (down from 56th in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0458% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.1978% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

Syria was Russia’s 118th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2018 (up from 128th in the 1st quarter of 2017), accounting for 0.0048% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0021% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

Russia’s Exports to Syria

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

  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 46.43% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (8.61% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 19.62% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (78.42% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 15.87% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (1.21% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 15.57% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (1.48% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.05% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (0.49% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

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

  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - an increase of $6,969,902;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $6,650,232;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $4,287,702;
  • 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 $3,176,969;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $2,505,266;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $1,971,061.

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

  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $107,126,644;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $16,125,312;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $1,058,452;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $902,682;
  • 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 $864,894;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $760,620;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $326,567;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $307,560;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $219,644;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $163,696.
Russia’s exports to Syria in the 1st quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2018
over Q1 2017
10 Cereals 4,965,415 10.52 21,090,727-76.46
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0 0.00 1,058,452-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 4,287,702 9.09 0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0 0.00 682-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 6,648 0.01 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 107,126,644-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 496,329 1.05 803,889-38.26
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 31,609 0.07 896,503-96.47
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 760,620-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 261,672 0.55 176,67548.11
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 11,486-100.00
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 0 0.00 1,514-100.00
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 6,969,902 14.77 0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0 0.00 29-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 53,728 0.11 11,791355.67
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,638 0.00 221,282-99.26
40 Rubber and articles thereof 27,391 0.06 353,958-92.26
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 838-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4,049,178 8.58 2,078,11794.85
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 128,290 0.27 1,030,972-87.56
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 17,734,074 37.58 11,083,84260.00
52 Cotton 27,179 0.06 0
54 Man-made filaments 38,769 0.08 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0 0.00 874-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 63,247 0.13 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 4-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 2,106-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 53-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 1,020-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 0 0.00 1,706-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0 0.00 6-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 189,761 0.40 55,204243.75
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 31,981 0.07 1,1592,659.36
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0 0.00 3,953-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,507,787 7.43 1,002,521249.90
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 3,982,330 8.44 805,361394.48
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 0 0.00 522-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 163,696-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 871 0.00 16,078-94.58
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 22,704 0.05 4,511403.30
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 406-100.00
SS Classified 311,692 0.66 16 074 295-98.06

Russia’s Imports from Syria

The major share of Russian imports from Syria 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) - 98.60% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (98.00% in the 1st quarter of 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.32% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (0.89% in the 1st quarter of 2017).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Syria 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 $1,578,849;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $85,688;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $33,281;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $30,330.

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

  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $50,116.
Russia’s imports from Syria in the 1st quarter of 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2018
over Q1 2017
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 131,016 5.02 181,132-27.67
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 2,244,273 86.01 665,424237.27
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 104,378 4.00 18,690458.47
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 66,032 2.53 32,751101.62
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 26,291 1.01 26,1160.67
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 717 0.03 0
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 1,958 0.08 0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 16 0.00 59-72.88
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0 0.00 3,270-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 34,535 1.32 4,205721.28
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 3,716-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 426-100.00
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 0 0.00 7,188-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 40 0.00 0
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia