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Russian trade in goods with Saudi Arabia in Q4 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 fourth quarter of 2019: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In the 4th quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia totaled $481,053,446, up 69.76% ($197,680,745) from the 4th quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 4th quarter of 2019 totaled $405,628,983, up 93.25% ($195,726,653) from the 4th quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 4th quarter of 2019 totaled $75,424,463, up 2.66% ($1,954,092) from the 4th quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in the 4th quarter of 2019 was $330,204,520, a 142.03% increase ($193,772,561) over the 4th quarter of 2018.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 55th largest trading partner in the 4th quarter of 2019 (up from 67th in the 4th quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.2674% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.1517% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 46th largest export market in the 4th quarter of 2019 (up from 65th in the 4th quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.3627% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.1686% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 67th largest supplier in the 4th quarter of 2019 (down from 64th in the 4th quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.1109% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.1178% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian exports to Saudi Arabia in the 4th quarter of 2019 (and in the 4th quarter of 2018) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 16.76% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (1.24% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 16.72% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (57.42% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 16.05% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (22.61% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.78% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (5.10% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.43% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (5.81% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.89% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (6.67% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 4th quarter of 2019 over the 4th quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $45,234,772;
  • 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 $20,299,187;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $17,664,054;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $8,174,149;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $2,299,080;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $1,800,460;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $1,428,279.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 4th quarter of 2019 over the 4th quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $54,174,759;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $10,307,060;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $6,592,899.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 4th quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q4 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q4 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q4 2019
over Q4 2018
02 Meat and edible meat offal 4,031,619 0.99 3,737,0717.88
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 6,577 0.00 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,151,084 0.28 1,650,081-30.24
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 3,610 0.00 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 224,391 0.06 9,7852,193.21
10 Cereals 48,570,870 11.97 102,745,629-52.73
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 23,750 0.01 21,20012.03
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 5,865,000 1.45 5,896,500-0.53
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 160 0.00 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 45,813 0.01 271,921-83.15
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 7,854,041 1.94 6,053,58129.74
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 35,248 0.01 108,613-67.55
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 544 0.00 22,356-97.57
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 1,072 0.00 7,263-85.24
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 65,113,491 16.05 47,449,43737.23
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 256,393 0.06 639,557-59.91
30 Pharmaceutical products 2,299,080 0.57 0
31 Fertilizers 90,738 0.02 87,8333.31
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 844 0.00 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 78,648 0.02 75,5594.09
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 908 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 9,752,946 2.40 9,072,1627.50
39 Plastics and articles thereof 615,974 0.15 4,94412,359.02
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,246,921 0.55 818,642174.47
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 39 0.00 43-9.30
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 192 0.00 4,832-96.03
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 9,521,790 2.35 1,347,641606.55
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 320,208 0.08 171,51086.70
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 4,079,105 1.01 10,672,004-61.78
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 545 0.00 1,400-61.07
54 Man-made filaments 87,058 0.02 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 224 0.00 176,706-99.87
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 3,170 0.00 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 8-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 382,130 0.09 402,755-5.12
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 4,247 0.00 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 70,178 0.02 8,951684.02
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3,556 0.00 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 2,752 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 221 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 24,460 0.01 5904,045.76
70 Glass and glassware 1,765 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 3,146,711 0.78 3,105,1821.34
73 Articles of iron or steel 395,366 0.10 10,702,426-96.31
74 Copper and articles thereof 234 0.00 4,818-95.14
75 Nickel and articles thereof 6,105 0.00 15,198-59.83
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 155 0.00 0
78 Lead and articles thereof 70 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 5,042 0.00 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 34,317 0.01 168,288-79.61
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 16,492 0.00 4,583259.85
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 698,580 0.17 582,44019.94
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 21,781,859 5.37 1,482,6721,369.09
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,080 0.00 254,000-99.18
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 45,513,903 11.22 279,13116,205.57
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 1,806 0.00 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 347,975 0.09 23,2021,399.76
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 485,494 0.12 27,3151,677.39
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 46 0.00 17170.59
SS Classified 170,421,386 42.01 1 794 4849,396.96

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian imports from Saudi Arabia in the 4th quarter of 2019 (and in the 4th quarter of 2018) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 94.16% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (95.35% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.85% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.30% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.25% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.25% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.06% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (2.18% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 4th quarter of 2019 over the 4th quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $11,348,135;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1,205,889;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $814,666;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $627,374.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 4th quarter of 2019 over the 4th quarter of 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $9,823,026;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $1,153,660;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - a decrease of $815,283;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $287,933.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 4th quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q4 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q4 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q4 2019
over Q4 2018
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 136,917 0.18 97,56640.33
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 15,753 0.02 25,380-37.93
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 70,696 0.09 13,446425.78
29 Organic chemicals 16,068,070 21.30 17,221,730-6.70
30 Pharmaceutical products 13,978,398 18.53 2,630,263431.44
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,788,965 2.37 1,161,59154.01
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 29,503 0.04 42,034-29.81
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 225 0.00 334-32.63
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 18,222 0.02 9,23097.42
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 365,072 0.48 427,657-14.63
39 Plastics and articles thereof 38,285,822 50.76 48,108,848-20.42
40 Rubber and articles thereof 485,752 0.64 448,8998.21
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 623 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 257,448 0.34 545,381-52.79
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 10 0.00 80-87.50
54 Man-made filaments 785,183 1.04 1,600,466-50.94
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 14,847 0.02 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 23 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,261 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 25,991 0.03 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 219 0.00 343-36.15
74 Copper and articles thereof 814,666 1.08 0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 63,923 0.08 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 66,441 0.09 70,821-6.18
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0 0.00 113,874-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 2,140,346 2.84 934,457129.05
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 10,087 0.01 14,745-31.59
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 3,226-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia