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

Russia’s Trade with South Ossetia

In 2019, Russia’s trade with South Ossetia totaled $78,793,332, up 20.17% ($13,225,599) from 2018.

Russia’s exports to South Ossetia in 2019 totaled $63,276,538, up 14.22% ($7,876,455) from 2018.

Russia’s imports from South Ossetia in 2019 totaled $15,516,794, up 52.61% ($5,349,144) from 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with South Ossetia in 2019 was $47,759,744, a 5.59% increase ($2,527,311) over 2018.

South Ossetia was Russia’s 125th largest trading partner in 2019 (up from 131st in 2018), accounting for 0.0118% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.0095% in 2018).

South Ossetia was Russia’s 113th largest export market in 2019 (up from 117th in 2018), accounting for 0.0150% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0123% in 2018).

South Ossetia was Russia’s 114th largest supplier in 2019 (up from 121st in 2018), accounting for 0.0064% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0043% in 2018).

Russia’s Exports to South Ossetia

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 28.56% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (30.27% in 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 24.69% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (18.25% in 2018);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 14.61% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (11.94% in 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 8.71% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (8.09% in 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 8.00% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (6.97% in 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 7.76% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (17.96% in 2018);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.70% of Russia’s total exports to South Ossetia (0.88% in 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to South Ossetia in 2019 over 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 $7,336,893;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $2,008,800;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $1,450,267;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - an increase of $1,078,359;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $1,057,836;
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage (HS code 06) - an increase of $866,890;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $736,421;
  • 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 $514,664;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $501,811;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $395,199;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $292,598;
  • Cotton (HS code 52) - an increase of $250,965;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $243,567;
  • Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof (HS code 56) - an increase of $235,413.

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

  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $5,530,350;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $2,306,174;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $769,331;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $445,923;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $310,231;
  • Ceramic products (HS code 69) - a decrease of $251,731;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $227,210;
  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 92) - a decrease of $205,363.
Russia’s exports to South Ossetia in 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2019
over 2018
02 Meat and edible meat offal 150,723 0.24 377,933-60.12
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 62,078 0.10 124,144-50.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 20,873 0.03 125,388-83.35
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 866,890 1.37 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0 0.00 2,718-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 11,012 0.02 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 10,838 0.02 1,647558.04
10 Cereals 713 0.00 895-20.34
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 445,826 0.70 370,53020.32
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 3,763 0.01 1,88799.42
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 61,674 0.10 74,190-16.87
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 33,092-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 46,223 0.07 54,831-15.70
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 211,752 0.33 209,0341.30
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 193,178 0.31 71,075171.79
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 67,083 0.11 116,233-42.29
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 6,453 0.01 4,98929.34
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,405,922 3.80 2,505,993-3.99
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 347,681 0.55 5,878,031-94.09
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 517,991 0.82 274,42488.76
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 17,553,565 27.74 16,495,7296.41
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 8,544 0.01 21,665-60.56
29 Organic chemicals 42,191 0.07 16,102162.02
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,244,274 1.97 1,554,505-19.96
31 Fertilizers 0 0.00 230-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 280,544 0.44 357,052-21.43
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,084 0.00 7,658-85.84
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 51,123 0.08 28,97076.47
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 9,128 0.01 2,968207.55
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 518,931 0.82 376,88937.69
39 Plastics and articles thereof 2,974,769 4.70 965,969207.96
40 Rubber and articles thereof 381,932 0.60 1,151,263-66.82
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 782 0.00 13,054-94.01
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 566,330 0.90 171,131230.93
45 Cork and articles of cork 63,197 0.10 5,3411,083.24
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 260,095 0.41 137,21389.56
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 185,083 0.29 175,5325.44
52 Cotton 3,250,066 5.14 2,999,1018.37
54 Man-made filaments 4,342,987 6.86 3,264,62833.03
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 243,300 0.38 7,8872,984.82
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 87,827 0.14 36,666139.53
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 268,567 0.42 196,77836.48
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 888 0.00 9,477-90.63
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 58,669 0.09 62,327-5.87
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 112,377 0.18 4,9132,187.34
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 528,380 0.84 26,5691,888.71
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 100,381 0.16 6,3461,481.80
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 177,741 0.28 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 75,754 0.12 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,385,678 2.19 649,257113.43
69 Ceramic products 593,079 0.94 844,810-29.80
70 Glass and glassware 215,984 0.34 184,12817.30
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 18,902 0.03 149,489-87.36
72 Iron and steel 1,074,701 1.70 1,520,624-29.33
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,236,527 5.11 1,786,26081.19
74 Copper and articles thereof 68,296 0.11 18,947260.46
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 488,536 0.77 447,7999.10
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 8,231 0.01 9,280-11.30
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 183,672 0.29 76,536139.98
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,868,636 2.95 4,174,810-55.24
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 2,258,527 3.57 2,072,5578.97
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 5,937 0.01 6,232-4.73
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 10,164,810 16.06 2,827,917259.45
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,324,213 2.09 1,031,61528.36
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 9 0.00 639-98.59
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0 0.00 205,363-100.00
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 1,219,635 1.93 704,97173.00
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 33,125 0.05 86,179-61.56
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 308,858 0.49 279,67310.44

Russia’s Imports from South Ossetia

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 89.24% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (98.43% in 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 7.76% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (1.33% in 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.63% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (0.24% in 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.34% of Russia’s total imports from South Ossetia (0.00% in 2018).

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $3,839,810;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $1,071,777;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $210,095;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $208,382.

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

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
Russia’s imports from South Ossetia 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
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 1,965-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,204,791 7.76 133,014805.76
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 3,838 0.02 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 13,847,623 89.24 10,007,81338.37
72 Iron and steel 234,953 1.51 24,858845.18
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,605 0.02 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 13,602 0.09 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 208,382 1.34 0
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia