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

Russia’s Trade with South Korea

In the 3rd quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with South Korea was $6,192,198,975, down 12.87% ($914,347,078) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to South Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2019 were $4,120,925,263, down 20.60% ($1,069,155,992) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from South Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2019 totaled $2,071,273,712, up 8.08% ($154,808,914) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with South Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2019 was $2,049,651,551, a 37.39% decrease ($1,223,964,906) over the 3rd quarter of 2018.

South Korea was Russia’s 8th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (down from 5th in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 3.7331% of Russia’s total trade (down from 4.1300% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

South Korea was Russia’s 6th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (down from 5th in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 3.9884% of Russia’s total exports (down from 4.6259% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

South Korea was Russia’s 7th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (up from 8th in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 3.3115% of Russia’s total imports (up from 3.2008% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to South Korea

The major share of Russian exports to South Korea 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) - 79.98% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (83.92% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.74% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (8.11% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.95% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (3.02% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.40% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (2.54% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 1.45% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (0.74% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.13% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (1.20% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

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

  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $52,229,248;
  • 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 $21,174,344.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to South Korea 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) - a decrease of $1,046,106,278;
  • 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 $34,081,241;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $26,274,618;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $13,128,057.
Russia’s exports to South Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2019
over Q3 2018
01 Live animals 16,000 0.00 0
02 Meat and edible meat offal 15,038 0.00 32,828-54.19
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 390,541,473 9.48 380,778,0372.56
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 2,588 0.00 8,124-68.14
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,299,242 0.03 665,69695.17
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 58,134 0.00 8,750564.39
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 47,305 0.00 54,694-13.51
10 Cereals 1,172,263 0.03 27,446,881-95.73
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 11,434 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3,378,607 0.08 3,669,093-7.92
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 61,846 0.00 198,066-68.78
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 159,017 0.00 66,327139.75
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 195,042 0.00 22,462768.32
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 364,478 0.01 125,967189.34
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 10,619 0.00 0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 9,478 0.00 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 330,033 0.01 622,338-46.97
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 121,045 0.00 144,065-15.98
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 3,463,545 0.08 6,247,322-44.56
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 677,494-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 14,418 0.00 5,306171.73
26 Ores, slag and ash 20,046,773 0.49 33,174,830-39.57
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 3,276,037,303 79.50 4,322,143,581-24.20
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 81,124,092 1.97 115,205,333-29.58
29 Organic chemicals 4,577,081 0.11 4,206,6838.80
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,223,648 0.03 1,544,973-20.80
31 Fertilizers 1,861,941 0.05 1,291,66044.15
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,779,456 0.04 1,648,9507.91
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 7,591 0.00 9,617-21.07
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 9,707 0.00 123,226-92.12
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 190 0.00 0
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 3,195 0.00 37,857-91.56
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 196,794 0.00 263,493-25.31
39 Plastics and articles thereof 3,553,899 0.09 3,791,593-6.27
40 Rubber and articles thereof 4,463,000 0.11 3,644,68322.45
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 3,961 0.00 548622.81
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 145,006 0.00 60,101141.27
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 28,213,133 0.68 32,002,983-11.84
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 16,548,382 0.40 27,084,380-38.90
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 983,307 0.02 2,372,033-58.55
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 713,938 0.02 745,661-4.25
52 Cotton 76 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 34 0.00 201,388-99.98
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 248,192 0.01 1,044,947-76.25
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 382 0.00 409-6.60
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 64-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 15,002 0.00 48,348-68.97
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 148,764 0.00 5,5162,596.95
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 23,934 0.00 53,176-54.99
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 142,066 0.00 59,966136.91
65 Headgear and parts thereof 4,616 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 45,287 0.00 54,327-16.64
69 Ceramic products 212,452 0.01 24,151779.68
70 Glass and glassware 133,222 0.00 197,246-32.46
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 59,657,835 1.45 38,483,49155.02
72 Iron and steel 89,466,135 2.17 92,601,254-3.39
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,147,300 0.03 3,315,934-65.40
74 Copper and articles thereof 115,071 0.00 225,226-48.91
75 Nickel and articles thereof 23,222 0.00 8,890161.21
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 110,687,421 2.69 58,458,17389.34
80 Tin and articles thereof 122,945 0.00 108,42313.39
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 2,480,344 0.06 2,005,76923.66
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 41,095 0.00 78,533-47.67
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 13,369 0.00 4827,752.08
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,288,528 0.08 3,131,4335.02
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 4,401,904 0.11 2,620,21468.00
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 30,783 0.00 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 44,626 0.00 10,954,241-99.59
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 372,654 0.01 2,864,338-86.99
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,694,594 0.04 1,810,196-6.39
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 3,334 0.00 5,628-40.76
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 41,472 0.00 9,407340.86
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 257,956 0.01 280,060-7.89
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,112 0.00 9,908-88.78
SS Classified 3,295,534 0.08 1 294 616154.56

Russia’s Imports from South Korea

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 65.13% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (61.85% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 18.13% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (18.44% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 7.45% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (9.95% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.87% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (2.06% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.82% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (2.19% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.24% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (1.40% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from South Korea 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 $124,829,026;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $82,130,331;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $21,914,875;
  • 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) - an increase of $10,363,685;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $9,645,117;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $9,070,172;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $6,257,695.

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $70,281,576;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $36,354,382.
Russia’s imports from South Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2019,
US dollars ($)
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 644,407 0.03 1,067,534-39.64
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 0 0.00 2,198-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 105,896 0.01 7,9001,240.46
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 3,945 0.00 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 61,499 0.00 7,666702.23
10 Cereals 37,845 0.00 34,8948.46
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 2,474,100 0.12 1,851,52733.62
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 2,961 0.00 3,741-20.85
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 2,003 0.00 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 251,862 0.01 198,71226.75
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 279,511 0.01 176,48958.37
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 386,836 0.02 494,706-21.80
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 163,388 0.01 252,833-35.38
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 3,801,895 0.18 5,229,297-27.30
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 4,780,513 0.23 1,332,227258.84
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 13,403,671 0.65 13,817,597-3.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 10,552,539 0.51 8,814,93719.71
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 317,437 0.02 95,713231.66
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,508,035 0.07 6,018,294-74.94
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 103,762 0.01 46,339123.92
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 25,538,454 1.23 26,770,712-4.60
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 19,292,027 0.93 16,079,06319.98
29 Organic chemicals 38,318,281 1.85 42,444,964-9.72
30 Pharmaceutical products 5,163,289 0.25 9,459,873-45.42
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 7,549,933 0.36 6,093,28923.91
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 39,503,168 1.91 30,432,99629.80
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 9,532,988 0.46 9,918,098-3.88
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,298,685 0.11 1,462,76157.15
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 441 0.00 0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 268,910 0.01 500,978-46.32
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 13,719,257 0.66 12,911,6926.25
39 Plastics and articles thereof 157,521,045 7.61 147,875,9286.52
40 Rubber and articles thereof 82,445,789 3.98 76,188,0948.21
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 758,709 0.04 735,9873.09
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,796,288 0.09 2,298,564-21.85
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 15,335 0.00 7481,950.13
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 65,485 0.00 79,044-17.15
45 Cork and articles of cork 774 0.00 4,914-84.25
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 1,732 0.00 8,902-80.54
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 16,222,067 0.78 15,598,6584.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,696,137 0.08 880,87492.55
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0 0.00 676-100.00
52 Cotton 362,908 0.02 711,981-49.03
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 10,475 0.00 12,317-14.95
54 Man-made filaments 5,273,909 0.25 3,014,25674.97
55 Man-made staple fibers 11,407,229 0.55 17,589,049-35.15
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 8,176,244 0.39 7,056,91715.86
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 163,831 0.01 64,046155.80
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 234,170 0.01 278,984-16.06
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 7,221,908 0.35 7,205,3580.23
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 1,176,202 0.06 1,492,908-21.21
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 395,885 0.02 603,048-34.35
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 414,320 0.02 554,551-25.29
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2,518,949 0.12 2,977,419-15.40
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 167,474 0.01 241,989-30.79
65 Headgear and parts thereof 23,519 0.00 49,422-52.41
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 1,125 0.00 15,759-92.86
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 59,472 0.00 144,792-58.93
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3,544,003 0.17 3,868,035-8.38
69 Ceramic products 238,523 0.01 357,987-33.37
70 Glass and glassware 6,183,551 0.30 6,947,703-11.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,028,293 0.10 378,470435.92
72 Iron and steel 70,853,468 3.42 107,207,850-33.91
73 Articles of iron or steel 46,303,979 2.24 41,389,24211.87
74 Copper and articles thereof 761,025 0.04 723,6925.16
75 Nickel and articles thereof 58,659 0.00 11,136426.75
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,417,023 0.12 3,262,855-25.92
78 Lead and articles thereof 0 0.00 70-100.00
79 Zinc and articles thereof 663,649 0.03 227,139192.18
80 Tin and articles thereof 6,213 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,544,675 0.07 1,735,429-10.99
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 14,219,703 0.69 19,418,997-26.77
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 17,381,844 0.84 16,742,9153.82
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 340,706,046 16.45 410,987,622-17.10
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 262,268,889 12.66 257,838,9411.72
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 781,814 0.04 248,773214.27
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 590,751,098 28.52 465,922,07226.79
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 82,216,872 3.97 86,54194,903.38
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 72,225,377 3.49 50,310,50243.56
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 303,757 0.01 264,55414.82
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 114,199 0.01 283,105-59.66
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 48,628,658 2.35 38,264,97327.08
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,513,190 0.07 1,888,102-19.86
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 4,154,503 0.20 4,050,1992.58
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 204,611 0.01 0
SS Classified 3,001,571 0.14 2 835 6795.85
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia