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

Russia’s Trade with Syria

In the 3rd quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Syria was $71,936,943, down 6.01% ($4,596,708) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Syria in the 3rd quarter of 2019 were $70,266,820, down 7.95% ($6,068,604) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Syria in the 3rd quarter of 2019 totaled $1,670,123, up 742.53% ($1,471,896) from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Syria in the 3rd quarter of 2019 was $68,596,697, a 9.90% decrease ($7,540,500) over the 3rd quarter of 2018.

Syria was Russia’s 93rd largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (down from 90th in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0434% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0445% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

Syria was Russia’s 83rd largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (down from 82nd in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0680% of Russia’s total exports (just as in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

Syria was Russia’s 126th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2019 (up from 142nd in the 3rd quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0027% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0003% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Syria

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

  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 48.31% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (27.95% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 20.25% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (1.20% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 18.24% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (20.53% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.82% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (1.15% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.70% of Russia’s total exports to Syria (4.02% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

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

  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $12,312,769;
  • 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 $11,811,630;
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - an increase of $3,085,226;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $2,622,624;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $2,115,183;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $1,976,112;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $1,288,712;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1,230,510;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - an increase of $1,116,849;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $570,384;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $457,620;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $308,691.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Syria 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 $8,769,996;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - a decrease of $2,508,774;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $272,778;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $271,651.
Russia’s exports to Syria in the 3rd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2019
over Q3 2018
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,563,431 3.65 448,248471.88
10 Cereals 3,269,974 4.65 12,039,970-72.84
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,139,682 1.62 22,8334,891.38
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 5,786,772 8.24 3,164,14882.89
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 59,219 0.08 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 170,377 0.24 308,842-44.83
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 30,921 0.04 120,340-74.31
29 Organic chemicals 496 0.00 29,710-98.33
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,288,791 1.83 791,631,281.01
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 193,928 0.28 466,706-58.45
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 1-100.00
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 63,266 0.09 42150,533.33
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 10,082 0.01 3335,966.67
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 3,085,226 4.39 0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0 0.00 602-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 325,504 0.46 16,8131,836.03
39 Plastics and articles thereof 233,728 0.33 172,43535.55
40 Rubber and articles thereof 261,140 0.37 70,613269.82
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 188-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 3,850,094 5.48 4,121,745-6.59
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 571,637 0.81 1,25345,521.47
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 29,525,459 42.02 17,212,69071.53
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 2,619 0.00 538386.80
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 33-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,785 0.00 842,025.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 283-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 1,161-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 409 0.00 3,646-88.78
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 189-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 293-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 14,952 0.02 7,115110.15
69 Ceramic products 171,999 0.24 151,146,560.00
70 Glass and glassware 17,625 0.03 16110,847.20
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0 0.00 10-100.00
72 Iron and steel 2,363,243 3.36 387,131510.45
73 Articles of iron or steel 125,255 0.18 128,532-2.55
74 Copper and articles thereof 7,849 0.01 2,516,623-99.69
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 17,413 0.02 1899,113.23
78 Lead and articles thereof 0 0.00 770-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 22,408 0.03 37,114-39.62
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 63,152 0.09 7768,038.14
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,546,430 2.20 315,920389.50
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 12,039,075 17.13 227,4455,193.18
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 4,400 0.01 14,419-69.48
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 180,749 0.26 353,745-48.90
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 461,707 0.66 4,08711,196.97
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0 0.00 102-100.00
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 69,743 0.10 24,613183.36
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 175 0.00 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 1,394-100.00
SS Classified 726,105 1.03 34 111 775-97.87

Russia’s Imports from Syria

The major share of Russian imports from Syria 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) - 93.14% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (91.64% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.35% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (0.00% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.31% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (0.01% in the 3rd quarter of 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.00% of Russia’s total imports from Syria (7.91% in the 3rd quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Syria 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 $1,411,134;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $49,002;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $27,971;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $15,649;
  • 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) - an increase of $10,052;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $8,984;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $6,901.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Syria 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) - a decrease of $36,757;
  • Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery (HS code 58) - a decrease of $15,365;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $7,122.
Russia’s imports from Syria in the 3rd quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2019,
US dollars ($)
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 1,513,669 90.63 102,5351,376.25
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 41,814 2.50 32,83027.37
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 36,757-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0 0.00 7,122-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0 0.00 2,413-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 484 0.03 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 10,052 0.60 0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 27,971 1.67 0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0 0.00 23-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 862-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 15,365-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 320-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 15,649 0.94 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 4,344 0.26 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 6,901 0.41 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 49,002 2.93 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 237 0.01 0
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia