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Russian trade in goods with Cuba in Q1 2019

by Russian Foreign Trade
based on data from the Federal Customs Service of Russia
The Report on Russia’s foreign trade in goods with Cuba in the first quarter of 2019: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Cuba

In the 1st quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Cuba was $61,132,235, down 19.37% ($14,689,537) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Cuba in the 1st quarter of 2019 were $55,218,637, down 24.95% ($18,356,649) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Cuba in the 1st quarter of 2019 totaled $5,913,598, up 163.24% ($3,667,112) from the 1st quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Cuba in the 1st quarter of 2019 was $49,305,039, a 30.88% decrease ($22,023,761) over the 1st quarter of 2018.

Cuba was Russia’s 92nd largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2019 (down from 87th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0388% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0481% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Cuba was Russia’s 83rd largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2019 (down from 76th in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0529% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0714% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Cuba was Russia’s 101st largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2019 (up from 121st in the 1st quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0111% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0041% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Cuba

The major share of Russian exports to Cuba in the 1st quarter of 2019 (and in the 1st quarter of 2018) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 57.97% of Russia’s total exports to Cuba (47.88% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 27.90% of Russia’s total exports to Cuba (31.68% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 5.11% of Russia’s total exports to Cuba (1.60% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 2.07% of Russia’s total exports to Cuba (1.28% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.55% of Russia’s total exports to Cuba (13.35% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.48% of Russia’s total exports to Cuba (1.34% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Cuba in the 1st quarter of 2019 over the 1st quarter of 2018 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 $10,462,170;
  • 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 $2,125,419;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $1,735,765;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $917,317;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $332,586;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $198,080.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Cuba in the 1st quarter of 2019 over the 1st quarter of 2018 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 $8,060,428;
  • 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 (HS code 86) - a decrease of $6,183,893;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $5,015,151;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $4,607,068;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $3,836,789;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $3,648,139;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $1,566,133;
  • 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 (HS code 94) - a decrease of $923,489;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $712,554;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $408,492;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - a decrease of $375,279.
Russia’s exports to Cuba in the 1st quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2019
over Q1 2018
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 16,976-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 171-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 15,026,921 27.21 23,087,349-34.91
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 634 0.00 4,324-85.34
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 7,803 0.01 54,461-85.67
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 1,903 0.00 32,387-94.12
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 504 0.00 605-16.69
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 131 0.00 77,495-99.83
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 367,051 0.66 34,465965.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 712,554-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,143,056 2.07 225,739406.36
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 44,115 0.08 0
29 Organic chemicals 26 0.00 0
30 Pharmaceutical products 73 0.00 57,327-99.87
31 Fertilizers 322,830 0.58 124,750158.78
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 71,782 0.13 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 6,459 0.01 4161,452.64
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 20,026 0.04 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 2,769 0.01 2,866-3.38
39 Plastics and articles thereof 80,428 0.15 123,104-34.67
40 Rubber and articles thereof 269,791 0.49 678,283-60.22
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0 0.00 210-100.00
45 Cork and articles of cork 166 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 777,142 1.41 868,814-10.55
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2,041,912 3.70 306,147566.97
52 Cotton 318 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 5,876 0.01 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 97,210 0.18 135,735-28.38
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 6,161-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 175 0.00 23,705-99.26
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 5,166 0.01 21,513-75.99
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 2,287-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 498 0.00 381,210.53
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 23,092 0.04 26,650-13.35
70 Glass and glassware 26,133 0.05 401,412-93.49
72 Iron and steel 1,309 0.00 3,838,098-99.97
73 Articles of iron or steel 729,111 1.32 4,377,250-83.34
74 Copper and articles thereof 4,571 0.01 2,086119.13
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 26,890 0.05 6,461316.19
78 Lead and articles thereof 251 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 151 0.00 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 21,468 0.04 1,587,601-98.65
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 70,046 0.13 10,428571.71
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 9,365,890 16.96 14,381,041-34.87
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 4,505,256 8.16 2,379,83789.31
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 3,715,955 6.73 9,899,848-62.46
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 13,405,048 24.28 2,942,878355.51
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,018,958 1.85 5,626,026-81.89
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 778 0.00 200289.00
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 435,307 0.79 1,358,796-67.96
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,963 0.01 1,64779.90
SS Classified 1,570,695 2.84 137 1451,045.28

Russia’s Imports from Cuba

The major share of Russian imports from Cuba in the 1st quarter of 2019 (and in the 1st quarter of 2018) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 38.87% of Russia’s total imports from Cuba (99.59% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 33.59% of Russia’s total imports from Cuba (0.00% in the 1st quarter of 2018);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 27.53% of Russia’s total imports from Cuba (0.00% in the 1st quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Cuba in the 1st quarter of 2019 over the 1st quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $1,986,521;
  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin (HS code 71) - an increase of $1,628,002;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $306,299;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $31,609.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Cuba in the 1st quarter of 2019 over the 1st quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $256,513;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - a decrease of $20,124.
Russia’s imports from Cuba in the 1st quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2019
over Q1 2018
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 472,084 7.98 492,208-4.09
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 85,509 1.45 53,90058.64
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 548,423 9.27 804,936-31.87
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,192,614 20.17 886,31534.56
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,986,521 33.59 0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0 0.00 37-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,628,002 27.53 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 0 0.00 1,425-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 0 0.00 233-100.00
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 445 0.01 123,608.33
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 7,420-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia