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

Russia’s Trade with Iran

In the 3rd quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Iran totaled $467,269,572, up 48.33% ($152,241,365) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2019 totaled $372,185,811, up 50.53% ($124,942,982) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2019 totaled $95,083,761, up 40.27% ($27,298,383) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2019 was $277,102,050, a 54.41% increase ($97,644,599) over the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Iran was Russia’s 53rd largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (up from 60th in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.2817% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.1831% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

Iran was Russia’s 45th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (up from 51st in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.3602% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.2204% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

Iran was Russia’s 59th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (up from 63rd in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.1520% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.1132% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Iran

The major share of Russian exports to Iran 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) - 76.33% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (73.12% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 9.95% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (3.35% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 8.17% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (16.41% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.28% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (2.35% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.17% of Russia’s total exports to Iran (0.32% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2019 over the 3rd 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) - an increase of $83,324,335;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $21,398,761;
  • 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 $19,107,753;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $12,373,479;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $4,292,879;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - an increase of $2,204,188;
  • Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof (HS code 56) - an increase of $1,354,621;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $1,226,153.

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

  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - a decrease of $4,831,941;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $4,592,143;
  • 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 $2,005,067;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $1,384,561;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $1,171,676.
Russia’s exports to Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2019
over Q3 2018
02 Meat and edible meat offal 16,382,682 4.40 17,554,358-6.67
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,283,952 0.61 2,212,2953.24
10 Cereals 141,422,197 38.00 120,023,43617.83
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 320,246 0.09 56,335468.47
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,982,791 0.53 2,432,624-18.49
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 121,658,530 32.69 38,334,195217.36
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,628 0.00 50,694-94.82
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 13,630 0.00 36,744-62.91
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 8,040 0.00 45,016-82.14
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 17,191 0.00 41,638-58.71
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 10,497 0.00 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 72,938 0.02 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 293,674 0.08 891,137-67.05
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 7,058,205 1.90 2,765,326155.24
29 Organic chemicals 2,672,015 0.72 1,445,86284.80
30 Pharmaceutical products 212,167 0.06 2,7397,646.15
31 Fertilizers 707,645 0.19 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 39,050 0.01 877,392-95.55
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 115,954 0.03 37,137212.23
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 28,741 0.01 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 359,508 0.10 73,439389.53
39 Plastics and articles thereof 624,563 0.17 440,20641.88
40 Rubber and articles thereof 406,791 0.11 164,570147.18
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 26,569,753 7.14 26,600,261-0.11
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 555,167 0.15 5,387,108-89.69
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 3,013,331 0.81 7,605,474-60.38
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 251,898 0.07 986,180-74.46
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 1,118 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 2,744,832 0.74 540,644407.70
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,598,510 0.43 243,889555.43
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 2,176-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 646 0.00 0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 123 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 72,041 0.02 19,607267.42
70 Glass and glassware 14,834 0.00 117,133-87.34
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 557,802 0.15 0
72 Iron and steel 400,906 0.11 1,785,467-77.55
73 Articles of iron or steel 683,015 0.18 213,125220.48
74 Copper and articles thereof 688,839 0.19 88,610,387.50
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,427 0.00 40,494-94.01
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0 0.00 10,117-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 467,535 0.13 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 627,996 0.17 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,645,472 0.98 4,518,165-19.32
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 19,908,606 5.35 800,8532,385.93
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 64,905 0.02 2,069,972-96.86
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 12,373,479 3.32 0
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 330,000-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,048,588 0.28 554,69389.04
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 11,294 0.00 53,378-78.84
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 10,554 0.00 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 33,354 0.01 0
SS Classified 145,150 0.04 7 878 942-98.16

Russia’s Imports from Iran

The major share of Russian imports from Iran 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) - 70.69% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (55.93% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 8.56% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (4.83% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 8.12% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (17.91% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 4.45% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (3.35% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 3.11% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (2.26% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.92% of Russia’s total imports from Iran (11.62% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Iran 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) - an increase of $19,343,545;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $8,272,628;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $6,356,148;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $5,520,305;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $2,521,066;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $2,008,959;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $1,148,735;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - an increase of $1,136,867;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $623,839;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $548,803;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $460,958;
  • Zinc and articles thereof (HS code 79) - an increase of $375,582.

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

  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - a decrease of $11,101,875;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $5,345,047;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $2,053,935;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $1,080,136;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - a decrease of $890,481;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - a decrease of $466,617;
  • Ceramic products (HS code 69) - a decrease of $451,411.
Russia’s imports from Iran in the 3rd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2019
over Q3 2018
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 200,758 0.21 1,091,239-81.60
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 10,045,905 10.57 1,773,277466.52
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 41,058 0.04 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 9,144,401 9.62 3,624,096152.32
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 44,356,280 46.65 25,012,73577.33
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 67,247 0.07 2,121,182-96.83
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 37,295 0.04 32,69314.08
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 43,253 0.05 49,941-13.39
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 169-100.00
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 35,144 0.04 6005,757.33
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 100,639 0.11 54,30085.34
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 68,684 0.07 78,504-12.51
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 34,860 0.04 66,104-47.26
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 2,769,505 2.91 3,849,641-28.06
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 174,894 0.18 2,1867,900.64
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 5,020 0.01 548816.06
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 91,570 0.10 156,967-41.66
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 4,217,083 4.44 2,208,12490.98
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 10,107 0.01 64,868-84.42
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 665,460 0.70 204,502225.41
29 Organic chemicals 1,603,318 1.69 454,583252.70
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 923 0.00 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 14,096-100.00
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 120,395 0.13 54,386121.37
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 111,484 0.12 97,68514.13
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 46,489 0.05 1,9262,313.76
39 Plastics and articles thereof 4,965,725 5.22 2,444,659103.13
40 Rubber and articles thereof 623,997 0.66 158394,834.81
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 20,968 0.02 30,801-31.92
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 150 0.00 2,225-93.26
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0 0.00 6,240-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,175 0.00 148693.92
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,928 0.01 2,426103.13
52 Cotton 0 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 50,554 0.05 51,460-1.76
55 Man-made staple fibers 2,067,494 2.17 930,627122.16
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 3,597 0.00 40,656-91.15
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 61,963 0.07 288,086-78.49
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 16-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 772,078 0.81 223,275245.80
65 Headgear and parts thereof 352 0.00 0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 32 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 985,818 1.04 887,99711.02
69 Ceramic products 512,910 0.54 964,321-46.81
70 Glass and glassware 357,870 0.38 824,487-56.59
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 185 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 6,938,817 7.30 582,6691,090.87
73 Articles of iron or steel 324,383 0.34 398,582-18.62
74 Copper and articles thereof 56,052 0.06 11,157,927-99.50
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 20,364 0.02 2775,322.22
79 Zinc and articles thereof 375,582 0.40 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0 0.00 18-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,173 0.00 293,944.83
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,050,785 1.11 847,04324.05
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 45,812 0.05 16,899171.09
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 203,462 0.21 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 898,838 0.95 1,024,558-12.27
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 505,000 0.53 5,850,047-91.37
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 72,025 0.08 140,209-48.63
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 14,183 0.01 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 145,679 0.15 25,619468.64
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 10,034 0.01 24,403-58.88
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 4 0.00 5,414-99.93
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia