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

Russia’s Trade with South Korea

In 2019, Russia’s trade with South Korea was $24,359,267,301, down 1.94% ($481,866,740) from 2018.

Russia’s exports to South Korea in 2019 were $16,357,312,782, down 8.27% ($1,474,867,837) from 2018.

Russia’s imports from South Korea in 2019 totaled $8,001,954,519, up 14.17% ($993,001,097) from 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with South Korea in 2019 was $8,355,358,263, a 22.80% decrease ($2,467,868,934) over 2018.

South Korea was Russia’s 8th largest trading partner in 2019 (just as in 2018), accounting for 3.6545% of Russia’s total trade (up from 3.6100% in 2018).

South Korea was Russia’s 6th largest export market in 2019 (just as in 2018), accounting for 3.8690% of Russia’s total exports (down from 3.9630% in 2018).

South Korea was Russia’s 8th largest supplier in 2019 (just as in 2018), accounting for 3.2824% of Russia’s total imports (up from 2.9431% in 2018).

Russia’s Exports to South Korea

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 81.55% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (82.84% in 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.51% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (8.89% in 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.00% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (3.64% in 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.70% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (1.64% in 2018);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 1.30% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (0.96% in 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.18% of Russia’s total exports to South Korea (1.40% in 2018).

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

  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $113,993,856;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $49,758,729.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to South Korea 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 $1,391,517,653;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $134,610,760.
Russia’s exports to South Korea in 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2019
over 2018
01 Live animals 16,188 0.00 5602,790.71
02 Meat and edible meat offal 51,601 0.00 115,856-55.46
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 1,484,643,266 9.08 1,370,649,4108.32
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 11,513 0.00 15,896-27.57
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 7,531,910 0.05 1,700,960342.80
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 139,870 0.00 47,321195.58
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 24,100 0.00 49,946-51.75
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 225,557 0.00 313,404-28.03
10 Cereals 26,626,827 0.16 161,237,587-83.49
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 223,412 0.00 47,246372.87
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 6,022,132 0.04 6,658,703-9.56
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 399,332 0.00 722,414-44.72
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 149,441-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 893,346 0.01 522,45370.99
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 344,067 0.00 851,402-59.59
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 47,002 0.00 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 635,867 0.00 567,25712.10
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 163,527 0.00 77,628110.65
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 173,023 0.00 93,89084.28
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 1,741,751 0.01 2,226,647-21.78
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 846,716 0.01 817,2833.60
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 24,094,494 0.15 36,339,594-33.70
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 12,669 0.00 2,046,270-99.38
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 121,103 0.00 59,913102.13
26 Ores, slag and ash 61,049,552 0.37 102,126,757-40.22
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 13,277,939,131 81.17 14,669,456,784-9.49
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 194,830,470 1.19 206,158,655-5.49
29 Organic chemicals 20,775,517 0.13 18,386,24812.99
30 Pharmaceutical products 21,084,940 0.13 23,291,351-9.47
31 Fertilizers 3,615,789 0.02 2,679,52634.94
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 6,365,227 0.04 7,596,026-16.20
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 220,158 0.00 76,227188.82
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 72,259 0.00 422,677-82.90
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,828 0.00 1,274121.98
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 71,128 0.00 80,570-11.72
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,034,952 0.01 878,51017.81
39 Plastics and articles thereof 13,591,661 0.08 19,548,908-30.47
40 Rubber and articles thereof 16,100,856 0.10 13,732,19317.25
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 11,459 0.00 3,635215.24
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 149,765 0.00 209,609-28.55
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 111,951,870 0.68 122,893,216-8.90
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 792 0.00 0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 70,076,263 0.43 114,326,270-38.71
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 8,325,824 0.05 10,516,450-20.83
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2,780,691 0.02 2,244,91923.87
52 Cotton 151 0.00 10839.81
54 Man-made filaments 43,142 0.00 1,434,073-96.99
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 2,159,565 0.01 2,940,318-26.55
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 339 0.00 19276.56
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 3,399 0.00 13,855-75.47
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,884 0.00 37,484-94.97
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 241 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 139,100 0.00 151,811-8.37
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 240,628 0.00 164,87645.94
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 161,009 0.00 183,961-12.48
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 540,813 0.00 267,794101.95
65 Headgear and parts thereof 15,622 0.00 18,502-15.57
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 141 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 174,364 0.00 204,404-14.70
69 Ceramic products 977,084 0.01 934,3114.58
70 Glass and glassware 799,932 0.00 911,769-12.27
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 212,829,727 1.30 170,820,00724.59
72 Iron and steel 342,971,104 2.10 366,583,817-6.44
73 Articles of iron or steel 17,976,526 0.11 33,712,569-46.68
74 Copper and articles thereof 311,137 0.00 406,756-23.51
75 Nickel and articles thereof 184,102 0.00 38,294380.76
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 281,354,304 1.72 238,517,82517.96
78 Lead and articles thereof 0 0.00 78-100.00
80 Tin and articles thereof 286,925 0.00 271,0465.86
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 10,212,723 0.06 8,465,82520.63
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 180,809 0.00 256,793-29.59
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 69,258 0.00 2,4682,706.24
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 76,441,991 0.47 26,683,262186.48
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 14,827,653 0.09 15,215,871-2.55
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 637,232 0.00 601,0146.03
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 689,658 0.00 11,321,088-93.91
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 4,577,783 0.03 35,367,392-87.06
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 8,179,379 0.05 6,340,33029.01
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 13,471 0.00 21,350-36.90
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 13,385 0.00 5,093162.81
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 251,427 0.00 454,197-44.64
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,678,791 0.01 1,889,791-11.17
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 11,472 0.00 11,908-3.66
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 30,523 0.00 20,76047.03
SS Classified 13,285,583 0.08 7 968 74166.72

Russia’s Imports from South Korea

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 66.76% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (62.12% in 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 16.55% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (18.71% in 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 7.47% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (9.20% in 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.89% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (2.18% in 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.75% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (2.01% in 2018);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.13% of Russia’s total imports from South Korea (1.16% in 2018).

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

  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $552,311,592;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $270,941,530;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $97,839,959;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $44,285,845;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $43,393,341;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $40,577,186;
  • 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 $29,966,933.

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

  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $76,661,673.
Russia’s imports from South Korea in 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2019
over 2018
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 8,032,501 0.10 7,681,8194.57
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 15-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 10,380 0.00 10,0743.04
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 209,068 0.00 54,197285.76
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,081,441 0.01 835,22929.48
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 241,310 0.00 60,122301.37
10 Cereals 115,205 0.00 132,290-12.91
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 11,600 0.00 12,463-6.92
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 11,674,331 0.15 7,545,06854.73
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 47,364 0.00 73,656-35.70
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 2,003 0.00 2,362-15.20
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 998,247 0.01 979,9341.87
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 905,055 0.01 310,255191.71
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,317,982 0.02 1,456,383-9.50
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,191,491 0.01 1,208,220-1.38
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 16,157,821 0.20 19,526,969-17.25
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 14,501,439 0.18 5,582,121159.78
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 49,270,738 0.62 56,109,512-12.19
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 35,920,065 0.45 29,295,02722.61
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 799,773 0.01 530,85050.66
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 8,672,916 0.11 21,202,137-59.09
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 290,021 0.00 286,1701.35
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 90,123,914 1.13 80,894,49711.41
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 48,870,697 0.61 44,381,54410.11
29 Organic chemicals 164,051,696 2.05 187,127,097-12.33
30 Pharmaceutical products 32,447,636 0.41 39,474,698-17.80
31 Fertilizers 0 0.00 2,689-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 29,585,272 0.37 26,261,35412.66
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 169,028,198 2.11 124,742,35335.50
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 33,924,851 0.42 36,051,763-5.90
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 8,234,516 0.10 6,955,25818.39
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 441 0.00 0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 1,436,885 0.02 1,258,42414.18
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 40,624,822 0.51 38,408,5555.77
39 Plastics and articles thereof 561,623,452 7.02 576,896,857-2.65
40 Rubber and articles thereof 234,113,181 2.93 229,546,8821.99
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 2,205,733 0.03 2,636,530-16.34
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 6,475,688 0.08 9,554,632-32.22
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 151,124 0.00 51,315194.50
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 360,258 0.00 293,91822.57
45 Cork and articles of cork 4,636 0.00 15,531-70.15
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 1,873 0.00 10,880-82.78
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 604,132 0.01 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 71,182,017 0.89 59,944,33018.75
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,869,260 0.06 3,834,68926.98
50 Silk 0 0.00 419-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 8,999 0.00 34,310-73.77
52 Cotton 1,772,788 0.02 2,609,699-32.07
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 23,320 0.00 61,710-62.21
54 Man-made filaments 16,297,373 0.20 12,765,43927.67
55 Man-made staple fibers 39,025,090 0.49 49,530,680-21.21
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 32,097,301 0.40 24,176,65332.76
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 563,332 0.01 129,740334.20
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,132,221 0.01 1,171,039-3.31
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 27,323,505 0.34 27,229,9570.34
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 6,439,351 0.08 7,268,583-11.41
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,847,555 0.02 2,235,732-17.36
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,678,716 0.02 1,619,8953.63
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 10,580,747 0.13 10,859,289-2.57
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 871,272 0.01 952,827-8.56
65 Headgear and parts thereof 204,977 0.00 111,33984.10
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 18,180 0.00 24,079-24.50
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 309,566 0.00 368,310-15.95
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 12,992,062 0.16 14,344,138-9.43
69 Ceramic products 1,291,729 0.02 1,313,322-1.64
70 Glass and glassware 25,481,827 0.32 29,814,222-14.53
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,820,858 0.04 1,223,734130.51
72 Iron and steel 248,593,903 3.11 325,255,576-23.57
73 Articles of iron or steel 211,372,764 2.64 170,795,57823.76
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,888,710 0.04 3,376,280-14.44
75 Nickel and articles thereof 134,453 0.00 28,736367.89
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 8,047,299 0.10 12,028,657-33.10
78 Lead and articles thereof 904 0.00 283219.43
79 Zinc and articles thereof 2,324,004 0.03 2,834,223-18.00
80 Tin and articles thereof 25,822 0.00 1,0462,368.64
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 3,593,767 0.04 4,395,550-18.24
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 49,867,838 0.62 55,748,579-10.55
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 70,659,205 0.88 70,158,0550.71
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,280,226,461 16.00 1,182,386,5028.27
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 945,648,460 11.82 922,122,4272.55
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 1,173,648 0.01 1,074,7259.20
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,272,935,825 28.40 2,001,994,29513.53
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 576,600,004 7.21 24,288,4122,273.97
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 265,279,770 3.32 221,886,42919.56
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 1,177,506 0.01 999,94717.76
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 873,199 0.01 928,272-5.93
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 194,747,965 2.43 164,781,03218.19
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 5,912,132 0.07 6,317,043-6.41
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 16,845,139 0.21 17,610,497-4.35
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 204,611 0.00 0
SS Classified 8,669,328 0.11 10 857 493-20.15
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia