Russian foreign trade
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Russian trade with Belgium in 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 Belgium in 2019: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Belgium

In 2019, Russia’s trade with Belgium was $9,169,901,341, down 21.50% ($2,511,361,859) from 2018.

Russia’s exports to Belgium in 2019 were $6,771,661,193, down 26.48% ($2,438,574,672) from 2018.

Russia’s imports from Belgium in 2019 were $2,398,240,148, down 2.95% ($72,787,187) from 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Belgium in 2019 was $4,373,421,045, a 35.10% decrease ($2,365,787,485) over 2018.

Belgium was Russia’s 17th largest trading partner in 2019 (down from 16th in 2018), accounting for 1.3757% of Russia’s total trade (down from 1.6976% in 2018).

Belgium was Russia’s 15th largest export market in 2019 (just as in 2018), accounting for 1.6017% of Russia’s total exports (down from 2.0469% in 2018).

Belgium was Russia’s 22nd largest supplier in 2019 (down from 21st in 2018), accounting for 0.9838% of Russia’s total imports (down from 1.0376% in 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Belgium

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 41.72% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (44.41% in 2018);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 32.11% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (32.19% in 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 15.41% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (14.81% in 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 6.22% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (5.45% in 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.80% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (1.24% in 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.44% of Russia’s total exports to Belgium (0.96% in 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Belgium in 2019 over 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • No product groups with a substantial increase.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Belgium in 2019 over 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 $1,247,058,433;
  • 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) - a decrease of $791,129,276;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $338,295,740;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $37,925,978;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $22,077,331;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $21,868,294;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $20,478,157.
Russia’s exports to Belgium in 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2019
over 2018
01 Live animals 0 0.00 3,875-100.00
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 867,268 0.01 2,219,171-60.92
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 271,500 0.00 410,000-33.78
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 24,038 0.00 133,531-82.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 87,711 0.00 0
10 Cereals 4,903,147 0.07 12,083,514-59.42
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 55,889 0.00 134,367-58.41
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 84,020,462 1.24 66,720,04825.93
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 190,050 0.00 266,462-28.68
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 235,081 0.00 1,009,616-76.72
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,692,326 0.04 2,059,42030.73
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 32,521 0.00 0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 40,859 0.00 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 492,499 0.01 139,657252.65
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 613,382 0.01 526,08416.59
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 3,317,649 0.05 2,517,67531.77
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 107,135,080 1.58 87,122,37422.97
26 Ores, slag and ash 31,393,909 0.46 69,319,887-54.71
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 2,686,854,427 39.68 3,933,912,860-31.70
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 226,269,539 3.34 216,654,6994.44
29 Organic chemicals 28,138,006 0.42 50,215,337-43.97
30 Pharmaceutical products 219,738 0.00 432,661-49.21
31 Fertilizers 132,281,614 1.95 154,149,908-14.19
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 227,993 0.00 451,228-49.47
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,032,325 0.02 706,97346.02
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 2,029,461 0.03 8,828,114-77.01
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 146,828 0.00 62,974133.16
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 284,532 0.00 151,39987.94
39 Plastics and articles thereof 14,795,335 0.22 34,360,962-56.94
40 Rubber and articles thereof 15,447,864 0.23 35,926,021-57.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 18,297 0.00 110,031-83.37
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 78,726,660 1.16 65,750,52119.74
45 Cork and articles of cork 102 0.00 8027.50
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 8,821,777 0.13 10,264,204-14.05
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 34,542,734 0.51 38,483,168-10.24
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 19,680 0.00 10,42888.72
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 324,223 0.00 101,524219.36
54 Man-made filaments 730 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 16,263 0.00 70,776-77.02
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 1,366 0.00 29,600-95.39
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1 0.00 2,364-99.96
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 3,208 0.00 2,9528.67
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 67 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 9,043 0.00 15,378-41.20
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 14,732 0.00 332,695-95.57
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 31,481 0.00 37,304-15.61
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 97-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 3,368-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,481,368 0.04 1,629,24752.30
69 Ceramic products 81,611 0.00 419,372-80.54
70 Glass and glassware 16,905,941 0.25 17,015,918-0.65
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,174,058,067 32.11 2,965,187,343-26.68
72 Iron and steel 1,013,862,389 14.97 1,352,158,129-25.02
73 Articles of iron or steel 5,301,176 0.08 5,406,731-1.95
74 Copper and articles thereof 281,349 0.00 9,4542,875.98
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 14,992,197 0.22 4,282,916250.05
78 Lead and articles thereof 2,895,969 0.04 1,980,86546.20
79 Zinc and articles thereof 3,128 0.00 9,025-65.34
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 5,617,871 0.08 315,3601,681.42
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 365,107 0.01 35,390931.67
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 116,073 0.00 219,983-47.24
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 42,987,840 0.63 44,572,130-3.55
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 3,952,227 0.06 2,556,88654.57
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 940 0.00 69,494-98.65
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 14,101,953 0.21 13,160,4207.15
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 91,691 0.00 54,68467.67
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 5,605,072 0.08 4,203,00633.36
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 5,341 0.00 3,64246.65
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 10,266 0.00 25,248-59.34
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 391,736 0.01 506,598-22.67
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 188,130 0.00 2,1468,666.54
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 722,104 0.01 48,3981,392.01
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 10,250 0.00 10,0322.17
SS Classified 0 0.00 620 141-100.00

Russia’s Imports from Belgium

The major share of Russian imports from Belgium in 2019 (and in 2018) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 49.89% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (47.12% in 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 19.29% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (22.26% in 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 10.47% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (9.57% in 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.17% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (6.10% in 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 5.09% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (5.76% in 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 4.09% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (4.10% in 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.58% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (1.56% in 2018);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 1.03% of Russia’s total imports from Belgium (0.84% in 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Belgium in 2019 over 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $38,803,099;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $19,596,747;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $17,382,163.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Belgium in 2019 over 2018 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $110,971,866;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $17,504,931;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $12,119,985;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $8,802,770.
Russia’s imports from Belgium in 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2019
over 2018
01 Live animals 1,173,550 0.05 1,555,771-24.57
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 5,011,965 0.21 1,443,916247.11
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 43,856 0.00 29,66447.84
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 13,275,347 0.55 11,003,52220.65
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 241,786 0.01 351,805-31.27
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 13,501 0.00 6,735100.46
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 2,961,925 0.12 3,541,627-16.37
10 Cereals 2,283 0.00 3,644-37.35
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 8,324,220 0.35 7,236,70215.03
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 10,001,423 0.42 9,589,1644.30
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 769,329 0.03 730,1455.37
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 6,608 0.00 4,63342.63
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 10,361,718 0.43 13,234,420-21.71
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 2,484,144 0.10 2,914,306-14.76
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 15,079,515 0.63 12,459,12121.03
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 46,816,717 1.95 43,032,2728.79
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 22,599,249 0.94 26,799,109-15.67
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 18,375,530 0.77 15,524,54018.36
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 12,800,479 0.53 13,395,602-4.44
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 47,764,158 1.99 43,858,8448.90
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 31,746,816 1.32 28,609,90410.96
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,149,811 0.05 1,212,296-5.15
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 362,009 0.02 501,395-27.80
26 Ores, slag and ash 2,344,141 0.10 19,849,072-88.19
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 119,466,107 4.98 121,910,660-2.01
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 16,575,687 0.69 16,571,6240.02
29 Organic chemicals 170,852,079 7.12 151,255,33212.96
30 Pharmaceutical products 250,210,834 10.43 211,407,73518.35
31 Fertilizers 11,889,915 0.50 8,750,56735.88
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 83,436,504 3.48 82,156,9591.56
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 57,703,915 2.41 61,912,645-6.80
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 101,857,304 4.25 106,489,759-4.35
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 18,742,859 0.78 15,649,47219.77
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 6,428 0.00 1703,681.18
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 28,803,042 1.20 32,994,868-12.70
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 111,054,257 4.63 123,174,242-9.84
39 Plastics and articles thereof 320,022,865 13.34 328,825,635-2.68
40 Rubber and articles thereof 25,234,205 1.05 25,224,8870.04
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0 0.00 547-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,200,439 0.05 1,195,2510.43
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 3,579 0.00 5,087-29.64
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 9,247,013 0.39 11,410,884-18.96
45 Cork and articles of cork 1 0.00 261-99.62
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 505 0.00 539-6.31
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 4,747 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 23,439,992 0.98 21,383,3319.62
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 5,253,019 0.22 5,682,572-7.56
50 Silk 26,908 0.00 14,52985.20
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 95,421 0.00 48,72095.86
52 Cotton 146,540 0.01 285,138-48.61
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 543,671 0.02 486,14911.83
54 Man-made filaments 9,992,450 0.42 9,608,4974.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 9,645,206 0.40 6,828,05741.26
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 5,404,872 0.23 7,033,485-23.16
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 26,302,613 1.10 28,456,085-7.57
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 547,421 0.02 577,790-5.26
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 13,120,979 0.55 11,773,87311.44
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 5,224,870 0.22 5,442,893-4.01
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 392,424 0.02 213,39083.90
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 587,331 0.02 661,541-11.22
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 25,913,621 1.08 29,802,227-13.05
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 35,061 0.00 74,991-53.25
65 Headgear and parts thereof 18,029 0.00 41,849-56.92
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 6,182 0.00 4,59734.48
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 4,751 0.00 4,01218.42
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 6,513,174 0.27 6,307,6923.26
69 Ceramic products 6,185,767 0.26 7,756,854-20.25
70 Glass and glassware 12,775,696 0.53 18,715,339-31.74
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 24,607,139 1.03 20,832,13418.12
72 Iron and steel 101,513,266 4.23 100,277,9091.23
73 Articles of iron or steel 27,517,667 1.15 31,955,593-13.89
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,350,317 0.10 1,927,94921.91
75 Nickel and articles thereof 581,960 0.02 660,423-11.88
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 4,145,467 0.17 3,675,68112.78
78 Lead and articles thereof 1,859 0.00 1185,800.00
79 Zinc and articles thereof 1,277,881 0.05 1,147,30811.38
80 Tin and articles thereof 3,098,138 0.13 127,3742,332.32
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 2,177,472 0.09 3,545,197-38.58
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,467,412 0.06 2,157,514-31.99
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 3,904,780 0.16 5,192,199-24.80
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 211,986,856 8.84 322,958,722-34.36
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 85,543,031 3.57 80,270,0326.57
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 2,328,455 0.10 582,864299.49
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 135,646,379 5.66 118,264,21614.70
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 1,283,959 0.05 2,037,755-36.99
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 25,926,445 1.08 25,968,402-0.16
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 2,031 0.00 47,190-95.70
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 1,783 0.00 1,46321.87
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 4,663,412 0.19 4,299,4038.47
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 5,551,247 0.23 5,458,3021.70
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 19,602,664 0.82 22,372,408-12.38
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 166,947 0.01 114,76245.47
SS Classified 695,218 0.03 123 590462.52
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia