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Russian trade in goods with Afghanistan in Q3 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 Afghanistan in the third quarter of 2019: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Afghanistan

In the 3rd quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Afghanistan totaled $31,424,007, up 55.48% ($11,213,469) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2019 totaled $30,440,599, up 57.87% ($11,157,924) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2019 totaled $983,408, up 5.99% ($55,545) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2019 was $29,457,191, a 60.49% increase ($11,102,379) over the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Afghanistan was Russia’s 114th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (up from 124th in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0189% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0117% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 100th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (up from 107th in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0295% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0172% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

Afghanistan was Russia’s 132nd largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (down from 128th in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0016% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0015% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Afghanistan

The major share of Russian exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2018) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 51.74% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (20.02% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 16.85% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (39.50% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 12.65% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (27.17% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.77% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (4.48% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 4.17% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (4.95% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.61% of Russia’s total exports to Afghanistan (2.50% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2019 over the 3rd quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $11,867,521;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $527,046;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $511,576;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $155,623.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2019 over the 3rd quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $2,267,756;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $1,163,700;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $270,501;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $221,018;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - a decrease of $179,432;
  • 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 $164,544;
  • 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 $147,156;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - a decrease of $122,169.
Russia’s exports to Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2019
over Q3 2018
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 179,432-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0 0.00 26,821-100.00
10 Cereals 0 0.00 9,721-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 3,343,475 10.98 4,507,175-25.82
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 59,216 0.19 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 348,967 1.15 471,136-25.93
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 65,694 0.22 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 18,922 0.06 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 14,760 0.05 44,054-66.50
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 21,281 0.07 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 15,727,289 51.67 3,859,768307.47
30 Pharmaceutical products 356,207 1.17 200,58477.58
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 15,773 0.05 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 17,269 0.06 164,425-89.50
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 357,500 1.17 332,6437.47
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 532,906 1.75 5,8608,993.96
39 Plastics and articles thereof 6,292 0.02 62,269-89.90
40 Rubber and articles thereof 165,830 0.54 98,23368.81
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 5,099,299 16.75 7,367,055-30.78
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 28,490 0.09 249,508-88.58
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0 0.00 679-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 17,697 0.06 1,2691,294.56
70 Glass and glassware 128,204 0.42 201,938-36.51
72 Iron and steel 0 0.00 270,501-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 184,778 0.61 211,243-12.53
74 Copper and articles thereof 0 0.00 1,226-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 11 0.00 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 746 0.00 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,088,598 3.58 577,02288.66
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 70,191 0.23 234,735-70.10
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 84,722 0.28 129,498-34.58
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 26,003 0.09 13,88087.34
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 1,780 0.01 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 124 0.00 0
SS Classified 2,658,575 8.73 62 0004,188.02

Russia’s Imports from Afghanistan

The major share of Russian imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2018) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 91.49% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (99.37% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 4.03% of Russia’s total imports from Afghanistan (0.49% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2019 over the 3rd quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof (HS code 43) - an increase of $43,029;
  • 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 $35,100;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $23,493.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2019 over the 3rd quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $45,758.
Russia’s imports from Afghanistan in the 3rd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2019
over Q3 2018
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 853,666 86.81 899,424-5.09
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 46,087 4.69 22,594103.98
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 43,029 4.38 0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 987 0.10 0
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 39,639 4.03 4,539773.30
73 Articles of iron or steel 0 0.00 910-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 0 0.00 396-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia