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

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In the 3rd quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia totaled $548,725,244, up 99.37% ($273,489,884) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2019 totaled $480,155,940, up 142.10% ($281,822,282) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2019 were $68,569,304, down 10.84% ($8,332,398) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2019 was $411,586,636, a 238.94% increase ($290,154,680) over the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 48th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (up from 67th in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.3308% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.1600% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 38th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (up from 61st in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.4647% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.1768% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 66th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (down from 60th in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.1096% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.1284% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian exports to Saudi Arabia 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) - 33.07% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (82.00% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 26.72% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (1.24% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 13.97% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (1.38% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.02% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (6.76% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.01% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (2.88% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.88% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (5.20% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2019 over the 3rd 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 $127,131,364;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $64,318,049;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $14,944,142;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $8,044,946;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $7,393,746;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $3,026,646.

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $11,407,027;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $9,025,068;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $4,167,447.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2019,
US dollars ($)
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 9,855,537 2.05 2,461,791300.34
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 4,753 0.00 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 704,598 0.15 553,15627.38
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 24,640 0.01 29,700-17.04
10 Cereals 120,261,815 25.05 131,668,842-8.66
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 19,480,082 4.06 20,781,100-6.26
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0 0.00 224,111-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 7,795,759 1.62 6,862,58213.60
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 64,800 0.01 59,6738.59
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 95 0.00 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 555 0.00 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 24-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 575,420 0.12 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 67,063,968 13.97 2,745,9192,342.31
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 699,266 0.15 444,37557.36
29 Organic chemicals 336,500 0.07 133,779151.53
30 Pharmaceutical products 406,000 0.08 1,190,175-65.89
31 Fertilizers 143,400 0.03 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 27,300 0.01 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 42,638 0.01 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 8,221,287 1.71 176,3414,562.15
39 Plastics and articles thereof 844,744 0.18 17,4124,751.50
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,747,339 0.78 3,744,2050.08
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 158 0.00 12922.48
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 5,994,488 1.25 2,967,842101.98
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 122,400 0.03 266,877-54.14
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,910,423 0.61 7,077,870-58.88
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 204,227 0.04 118,38672.51
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 317 0.00 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 6-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 355,879 0.07 309,97414.81
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 3,408 0.00 2170,300.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 11,899 0.00 25,514-53.36
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 10,459 0.00 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,400 0.00 5,770-41.07
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 718 0.00 7081.41
70 Glass and glassware 85,273 0.02 9678,718.30
72 Iron and steel 18,804,264 3.92 3,860,122387.14
73 Articles of iron or steel 449,687 0.09 9,474,755-95.25
74 Copper and articles thereof 4,732 0.00 2,73373.14
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0 0.00 7,580-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 278-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 12,231 0.00 38,646-68.35
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 11,362 0.00 23,960-52.58
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 798 0.00 972-17.90
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 359,173 0.07 1,094,953-67.20
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 395,774 0.08 979,203-59.58
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 127,174,851 26.49 43,487292,343.38
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 383,268 0.08 347,94010.15
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0 0.00 300-100.00
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 21,847 0.00 21,0993.55
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 31,476 0.01 384,864-91.82
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 7 0.00 0
SS Classified 82,502,925 17.18 185 53644,367.34

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 94.38% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (97.60% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.45% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.35% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.49% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.80% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.27% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.15% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

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

  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $2,940,963;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1,410,332;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $837,168;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $638,796;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $416,149;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $205,804.

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $11,928,072;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $2,906,004.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2019,
US dollars ($)
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 34,304 0.05 0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 13,500 0.02 1,1411,083.17
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,071 0.00 33,160-93.75
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0 0.00 20,898-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 14,825,187 21.62 17,731,191-16.39
30 Pharmaceutical products 2,927,817 4.27 2,090,64940.04
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,121,888 3.09 1,483,09243.07
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 39,541 0.06 22,25277.70
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 9,034 0.01 19,012-52.48
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 3,207,581 4.68 266,6181,103.06
39 Plastics and articles thereof 41,188,911 60.07 53,116,983-22.46
40 Rubber and articles thereof 392,428 0.57 323,82621.18
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 230,238 0.34 24,434842.29
54 Man-made filaments 804,879 1.17 885,887-9.14
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 65,496 0.10 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 705 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 2,246 0.00 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 418,557 0.61 2,40817,281.94
74 Copper and articles thereof 289 0.00 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 37 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 28 0.00 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 11,820 0.02 7,12565.89
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 590,270 0.86 604,169-2.30
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,669,985 2.44 259,653543.16
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 10,370 0.02 5251,875.24
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 6,525-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 2,154-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 378 0.00 0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,744 0.00 0
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia