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

Russia’s Trade with South Ossetia

In the 4th quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with South Ossetia totaled $25,743,270, up 71.46% ($10,729,499) from the 4th quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to South Ossetia in the 4th quarter of 2019 totaled $23,011,231, up 53.52% ($8,022,336) from the 4th quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from South Ossetia in the 4th quarter of 2019 totaled $2,732,039, up 10,882.63% ($2,707,163) from the 4th quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with South Ossetia in the 4th quarter of 2019 was $20,279,192, a 35.52% increase ($5,315,173) over the 4th quarter of 2018.

South Ossetia was Russia’s 115th largest trading partner in the 4th quarter of 2019 (up from 134th in the 4th quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0143% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0080% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

South Ossetia was Russia’s 101st largest export market in the 4th quarter of 2019 (up from 119th in the 4th quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0206% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0120% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

South Ossetia was Russia’s 118th largest supplier in the 4th quarter of 2019 (up from 170th in the 4th quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.0040% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0000% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to South Ossetia

The major share of Russian exports to South Ossetia 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) - 42.05% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (25.39% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 26.31% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (35.06% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 8.75% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (14.97% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 6.60% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (6.78% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.34% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (5.36% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.53% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (6.31% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.59% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (0.45% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to South Ossetia in the 4th quarter of 2019 over the 4th 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 $6,650,974;
  • Cotton (HS code 52) - an increase of $1,042,427;
  • 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 $758,597;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $683,607;
  • 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 $548,224;
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage (HS code 06) - an increase of $367,979;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $278,922;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $236,838;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $206,483;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $156,527;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $115,402;
  • Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof (HS code 56) - an increase of $106,055;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - an increase of $102,275;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $89,097;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $80,510;
  • Carpets and other textile floor coverings (HS code 57) - an increase of $77,305;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $76,354;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $70,250;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $69,443.

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

  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - a decrease of $1,547,984;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $1,408,682;
  • Ceramic products (HS code 69) - a decrease of $341,525;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $141,746;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $112,435;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $102,491;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - a decrease of $69,551.
Russia’s exports to South Ossetia in the 4th quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q4 2019,
US dollars ($)
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 0 0.00 112,435-100.00
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 69,551-100.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 36,329-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 367,979 1.60 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 8,121 0.04 0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 119,175 0.52 102,53516.23
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 2,923 0.01 1,88754.90
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 30,898 0.13 15,77095.93
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 8,160-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 15,488 0.07 14,4227.39
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 100,914 0.44 96,3834.70
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 80,282 0.35 10,839640.68
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 20,325 0.09 14,84336.93
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 4,895 0.02 1,677191.89
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 768,292 3.34 531,45444.56
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 177,743 0.77 62,341185.11
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 5,876,151 25.54 5,192,54413.17
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 6,279 0.03 685816.64
29 Organic chemicals 5,729 0.02 5,19310.32
30 Pharmaceutical products 510,707 2.22 354,18044.19
31 Fertilizers 0 0.00 230-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 53,774 0.23 113,656-52.69
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 690 0.00 1,744-60.44
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 4,978 0.02 20,107-75.24
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,341 0.01 264786.74
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 36,402 0.16 17,015113.94
39 Plastics and articles thereof 247,466 1.08 236,3194.72
40 Rubber and articles thereof 129,710 0.56 53,356143.10
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 578 0.00 12,758-95.47
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 221,060 0.96 14,5771,416.50
45 Cork and articles of cork 37,347 0.16 3,1431,088.26
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 104,824 0.46 34,574203.19
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2,336 0.01 15,384-84.82
52 Cotton 1,527,419 6.64 484,992214.94
54 Man-made filaments 90,235 0.39 1,638,219-94.49
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 108,433 0.47 2,3784,459.84
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 87,827 0.38 10,522734.70
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 89,296 0.39 62,75742.29
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 756 0.00 9,002-91.60
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 8,460 0.04 26,693-68.31
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,016 0.00 2,077-51.08
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 9,561 0.04 7,22632.31
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 89,655 0.39 55815,967.20
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 218 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 213 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 439,928 1.91 161,006173.24
69 Ceramic products 118,331 0.51 459,856-74.27
70 Glass and glassware 125,384 0.54 23,109442.58
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 11 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 180,843 0.79 322,589-43.94
73 Articles of iron or steel 379,233 1.65 481,724-21.28
74 Copper and articles thereof 22,710 0.10 17,04933.20
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 130,370 0.57 74,67674.58
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 7,392 0.03 3302,140.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 91,102 0.40 48,80686.66
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 433,274 1.88 1,841,956-76.48
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 923,417 4.01 375,193146.12
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 7,448,260 32.37 797,286834.20
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 871,253 3.79 790,74310.18
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 9 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 822,093 3.57 63,4961,194.72
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 11,310 0.05 21,693-47.86
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 55,815 0.24 110,604-49.54

Russia’s Imports from South Ossetia

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 67.11% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (0.00% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 24.98% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (69.95% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 7.39% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (0.00% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.53% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (30.05% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $1,833,438;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $664,976;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $201,847.

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

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
Russia’s imports from South Ossetia 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
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 682,378 24.98 17,4023,821.26
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,833,438 67.11 0
72 Iron and steel 10,771 0.39 7,47444.11
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,605 0.13 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 201,847 7.39 0
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia