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

Russia’s Trade with Switzerland

In the 4th quarter of 2019, Russia’s trade with Switzerland was $1,726,887,337, down 15.48% ($316,186,183) from the 4th quarter of 2018.

Russia’s exports to Switzerland in the 4th quarter of 2019 were $746,245,474, down 44.01% ($586,513,776) from the 4th quarter of 2018.

Russia’s imports from Switzerland in the 4th quarter of 2019 totaled $980,641,863, up 38.06% ($270,327,593) from the 4th quarter of 2018.

Russia’s trade balance with Switzerland went from a surplus of $622,444,980 in the 4th quarter of 2018, to a deficit of $234,396,389 in the 4th quarter of 2019.

Switzerland was Russia’s 21st largest trading partner in the 4th quarter of 2019 (up from 22nd in the 4th quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.9601% of Russia’s total trade (down from 1.0935% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

Switzerland was Russia’s 33rd largest export market in the 4th quarter of 2019 (down from 21st in the 4th quarter of 2018), accounting for 0.6672% of Russia’s total exports (down from 1.0706% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

Switzerland was Russia’s 19th largest supplier in the 4th quarter of 2019 (up from 20th in the 4th quarter of 2018), accounting for 1.4415% of Russia’s total imports (up from 1.1393% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Switzerland

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 49.81% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (22.29% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 33.33% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (67.82% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 10.62% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (3.64% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.42% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (2.19% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.07% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (1.11% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.95% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (2.46% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Switzerland in the 4th quarter of 2019 over the 4th 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) - an increase of $74,554,958;
  • 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 $30,789,441;
  • Lead and articles thereof (HS code 78) - an increase of $27,119,016;
  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - an increase of $6,343,001;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $5,300,474;
  • Clocks and watches and parts thereof (HS code 91) - an increase of $2,539,848.

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

  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $546,232,612;
  • Nickel and articles thereof (HS code 75) - a decrease of $109,388,526;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - a decrease of $38,317,057;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $23,010,666;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $6,405,298;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $3,311,395;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $2,506,094.
Russia’s exports to Switzerland in the 4th quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q4 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q4 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q4 2019
over Q4 2018
01 Live animals 0 0.00 3,410-100.00
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 957,759 0.13 1,010,745-5.24
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 4,527 0.00 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 244 0.00 302,748-99.92
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,311 0.00 4,053-67.65
10 Cereals 3,233,794 0.43 9,639,092-66.45
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 161,855 0.02 114,56841.27
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 3,353 0.00 61,439-94.54
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 42,742 0.01 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 133 0.00 213-37.56
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0 0.00 46-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 7,157 0.00 4,50858.76
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 8,271 0.00 8,455-2.18
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 87,481 0.01 51,32270.46
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0 0.00 28,460-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 3,451,159 0.46 3,572,752-3.40
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 32,833 0.00 14,893120.46
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 371,659,176 49.80 297,104,21825.09
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3,026,806 0.41 2,031,71648.98
29 Organic chemicals 1,573,510 0.21 3,061,551-48.60
31 Fertilizers 13,076,321 1.75 14,258,962-8.29
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 17,749 0.00 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 297,454 0.04 235,37626.37
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 2,998 0.00 1,53795.06
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 56,920 0.01 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 34,567 0.00 55,181-37.36
39 Plastics and articles thereof 3,780,390 0.51 7,091,785-46.69
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,629,463 0.49 2,428,92749.43
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 3,487 0.00 810,459-99.57
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0 0.00 259,503-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 801,636 0.11 809,063-0.92
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 41,558 0.01 412,089-89.92
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 7,314 0.00 6,33115.53
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 18,663 0.00 16,30314.48
50 Silk 0 0.00 7,210-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,988,292 0.27 1,589,40125.10
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0 0.00 2,301-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 11,665 0.00 324,046-96.40
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 58,992 0.01 1,245,115-95.26
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 22,495 0.00 16,48936.42
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 19,355 0.00 483,028-95.99
65 Headgear and parts thereof 9,814 0.00 94,021-89.56
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 143,652 0.02 157,729-8.92
69 Ceramic products 225 0.00 5,389-95.82
70 Glass and glassware 85,113 0.01 56,13351.63
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 79,256,515 10.62 48,467,07463.53
72 Iron and steel 5,815,615 0.78 515,1411,028.94
73 Articles of iron or steel 266,509 0.04 195,22936.51
74 Copper and articles thereof 43,221,504 5.79 81,538,561-46.99
75 Nickel and articles thereof 127,074,982 17.03 236,463,508-46.26
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 37,155,656 4.98 583,388,268-93.63
78 Lead and articles thereof 28,260,917 3.79 1,141,9012,374.90
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0 0.00 935-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 6,899,103 0.92 556,1021,140.62
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 27,860 0.00 17,03663.54
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,167 0.00 328255.79
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 5,145,280 0.69 28,155,946-81.73
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 1,333,722 0.18 1,161,01314.88
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 737 0.00 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 10,381 0.00 2,516,475-99.59
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 596,439 0.08 947,828-37.07
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 2,543,882 0.34 4,03462,961.03
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 73,174 0.01 13,800430.25
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 131,685 0.02 37,600250.23
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 65,191 0.01 254,513-74.39
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,072 0.00 89120.31
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 3,849 0.00 0
SS Classified 0 0.00 2 500-100.00

Russia’s Imports from Switzerland

The major share of Russian imports from Switzerland 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) - 54.03% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (38.05% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 27.19% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (34.64% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 7.39% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (10.36% in the 4th quarter of 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.95% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (4.31% in the 4th quarter of 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Switzerland 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 $211,907,729;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $46,868,929;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $14,784,939;
  • 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 $9,494,942.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Switzerland 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) - a decrease of $3,851,473;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $3,698,978.
Russia’s imports from Switzerland in the 4th quarter of 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q4 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q4 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q4 2019
over Q4 2018
02 Meat and edible meat offal 266,621 0.03 0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 13,103,551 1.34 12,007,1079.13
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 10,477,566 1.07 8,593,21421.93
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 349 0.00 810-56.91
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 420,990 0.04 548,534-23.25
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 27,281 0.00 695,229-96.08
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 996,396 0.10 285,882248.53
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 641,343 0.07 738,268-13.13
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 4,625,478 0.47 5,606,800-17.50
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 17,751,646 1.81 20,362,353-12.82
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 376,262 0.04 444,128-15.28
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 15,584,860 1.59 13,910,38012.04
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 4,647,664 0.47 3,859,35420.43
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 1,928,737 0.20 1,205,84159.95
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,660,569 0.17 5,359,547-69.02
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 19,007 0.00 1,843931.31
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 256,849 0.03 270,003-4.87
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 4,612,459 0.47 5,717,324-19.32
29 Organic chemicals 75,642,920 7.71 28,773,991162.89
30 Pharmaceutical products 381,355,845 38.89 169,448,116125.06
31 Fertilizers 3,995 0.00 8,998-55.60
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 13,007,516 1.33 10,391,95625.17
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 26,660,839 2.72 26,394,0841.01
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 5,043,041 0.51 5,225,501-3.49
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,061,088 0.21 2,628,409-21.58
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 89,035 0.01 33,899162.65
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 7,703,432 0.79 7,964,324-3.28
39 Plastics and articles thereof 12,581,486 1.28 12,697,824-0.92
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,117,755 0.11 955,42916.99
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 50,225 0.01 0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 405,560 0.04 561,912-27.82
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0 0.00 3,659-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 881,835 0.09 1,004,972-12.25
45 Cork and articles of cork 200,682 0.02 244,493-17.92
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,221,393 0.23 1,963,31013.15
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 229,739 0.02 390,545-41.17
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0 0.00 200-100.00
52 Cotton 11,597 0.00 1,121934.52
54 Man-made filaments 29,972 0.00 238,786-87.45
55 Man-made staple fibers 48,569 0.00 24,93594.78
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 460,638 0.05 375,97822.52
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 73,929 0.01 62,68417.94
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 39,681 0.00 57,256-30.70
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 608,461 0.06 481,99626.24
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0 0.00 3,156-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 955,344 0.10 835,86814.29
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 676,379 0.07 971,552-30.38
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 65,035 0.01 86,270-24.61
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 142,714 0.01 193,291-26.17
65 Headgear and parts thereof 123,930 0.01 31,088298.64
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 2,703 0.00 936188.78
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 895 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,775,771 0.18 1,680,5475.67
69 Ceramic products 534,339 0.05 298,03879.29
70 Glass and glassware 280,077 0.03 427,390-34.47
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 4,271,034 0.44 5,298,078-19.39
72 Iron and steel 479,769 0.05 691,944-30.66
73 Articles of iron or steel 7,743,691 0.79 9,647,481-19.73
74 Copper and articles thereof 535,822 0.05 575,870-6.95
75 Nickel and articles thereof 390,338 0.04 456,070-14.41
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,052,243 0.11 857,54122.70
78 Lead and articles thereof 370 0.00 0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 89,358 0.01 85,6224.36
80 Tin and articles thereof 614 0.00 6,123-89.97
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 8,234,816 0.84 6,412,00128.43
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 9,879,318 1.01 11,360,141-13.04
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 564,802 0.06 554,6771.83
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 136,409,101 13.91 121,624,16212.16
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 49,009,736 5.00 39,514,79424.03
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 12,889-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,585,965 0.16 1,275,89324.30
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 133,794-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 79,615,140 8.12 83,466,613-4.61
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 65,490,942 6.68 65,975,250-0.73
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 9,064 0.00 50,284-81.97
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 736,207 0.08 1,594,699-53.83
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 363,105 0.04 587,672-38.21
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,126,032 0.11 787,50642.99
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 208,507 0.02 0
SS Classified 361,841 0.04 5 276 035-93.14
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia