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

Russia’s Trade with Switzerland

In 2019, Russia’s trade with Switzerland was $6,520,018,770, down 11.78% ($870,497,588) from 2018.

Russia’s exports to Switzerland in 2019 were $3,670,661,838, down 23.14% ($1,105,356,178) from 2018.

Russia’s imports from Switzerland in 2019 totaled $2,849,356,932, up 8.98% ($234,858,590) from 2018.

Russia’s trade surplus with Switzerland in 2019 was $821,304,906, a 62.00% decrease ($1,340,214,768) over 2018.

Switzerland was Russia’s 19th largest trading partner in 2019 (up from 20th in 2018), accounting for 0.9782% of Russia’s total trade (down from 1.0740% in 2018).

Switzerland was Russia’s 26th largest export market in 2019 (down from 22nd in 2018), accounting for 0.8682% of Russia’s total exports (down from 1.0614% in 2018).

Switzerland was Russia’s 20th largest supplier in 2019 (just as in 2018), accounting for 1.1688% of Russia’s total imports (up from 1.0978% in 2018).

Russia’s Exports to Switzerland

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 43.64% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (26.18% in 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 43.11% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (59.84% in 2018);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 8.21% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (8.43% in 2018);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.69% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (2.05% in 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.03% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (1.00% in 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.68% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (1.70% in 2018).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Switzerland 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) - an increase of $351,569,462;
  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - an increase of $14,132,102;
  • Lead and articles thereof (HS code 78) - an increase of $13,425,758.

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

  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $714,150,464;
  • Nickel and articles thereof (HS code 75) - a decrease of $523,011,445;
  • 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 $101,295,300;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - a decrease of $76,551,720;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $48,399,624.
Russia’s exports to Switzerland in 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2019
over 2018
01 Live animals 2,267 0.00 10,599-78.61
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 4,070,864 0.11 3,895,9104.49
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 18,532 0.00 318,969-94.19
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 13,333 0.00 9,29543.44
10 Cereals 18,850,485 0.51 29,047,716-35.11
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 323,092 0.01 390,529-17.27
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 3,369 0.00 61,439-94.52
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 42,742 0.00 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 133,926 0.00 2,3765,536.62
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 832 0.00 2,162-61.52
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 18,125 0.00 8,692108.53
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 216,816 0.01 242,637-10.64
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 300,277 0.01 140,912113.10
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 27,383 0.00 46,662-41.32
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 13,918,492 0.38 13,512,4213.01
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 109,982 0.00 69,13559.08
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,601,697,728 43.64 1,250,128,26628.12
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 4,062,996 0.11 3,962,0292.55
29 Organic chemicals 7,118,983 0.19 6,484,4039.79
30 Pharmaceutical products 201,579 0.01 4,6304,253.76
31 Fertilizers 49,951,983 1.36 59,670,774-16.29
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 405,061 0.01 17,1742,258.57
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 786,851 0.02 1,011,254-22.19
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 95,948 0.00 198,805-51.74
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 6-100.00
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 56,920 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 143,605 0.00 120,90318.78
39 Plastics and articles thereof 22,531,294 0.61 17,241,75730.68
40 Rubber and articles thereof 13,311,615 0.36 9,321,17642.81
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 896,915 0.02 1,493,471-39.94
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 34,814 0.00 326,226-89.33
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,612,736 0.07 2,630,926-0.69
45 Cork and articles of cork 848 0.00 0
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 9,642 0.00 0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 502,725 0.01 928,161-45.84
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 97,061 0.00 44,995115.72
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 122,463 0.00 109,46511.87
50 Silk 0 0.00 7,210-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 182,101-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 6,885,394 0.19 4,292,81260.39
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 635 0.00 36175.90
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 120 0.00 81,400.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 337 0.00 120180.83
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 445 0.00 4,382-89.84
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 633,589 0.02 869,909-27.17
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,564,359 0.04 2,893,949-45.94
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 38,408 0.00 36,1446.26
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 774,636 0.02 901,097-14.03
65 Headgear and parts thereof 54,007 0.00 175,758-69.27
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 150 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 759,497 0.02 763,449-0.52
69 Ceramic products 6,967 0.00 9,416-26.01
70 Glass and glassware 352,316 0.01 131,127168.68
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 301,275,338 8.21 402,570,638-25.16
72 Iron and steel 10,194,479 0.28 1,211,964741.15
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,615,289 0.04 493,200227.51
74 Copper and articles thereof 231,208,103 6.30 307,759,823-24.87
75 Nickel and articles thereof 573,944,914 15.64 1,096,956,359-47.68
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 702,813,193 19.15 1,416,963,657-50.40
78 Lead and articles thereof 45,805,491 1.25 32,379,73341.46
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0 0.00 935-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 15,716,326 0.43 1,584,224892.05
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,091,584 0.03 651,31467.60
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 89,947 0.00 71,31826.12
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 14,629,241 0.40 63,028,865-76.79
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 5,894,280 0.16 10,774,522-45.29
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 6,625 0.00 69,060-90.41
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 779,225 0.02 3,058,633-74.52
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,773,773 0.10 4,348,850-13.22
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 6,838,611 0.19 1,849,005269.85
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 153,462 0.00 105,87044.95
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 553,494 0.02 245,308125.63
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 355,593 0.01 544,444-34.69
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 6,516 0.00 10,258-36.48
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 73,202 0.00 0
SS Classified 75,481 0.00 19 618 318-99.62

Russia’s Imports from Switzerland

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 50.57% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (40.41% in 2018);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 27.36% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (33.31% in 2018);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.08% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (9.92% in 2018);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.01% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (4.86% in 2018).

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

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $286,627,514;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $99,778,222;
  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - an increase of $16,534,629;
  • 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 $14,800,143.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Switzerland 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 $73,733,463;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $32,748,815;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $19,820,464;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $18,720,819.
Russia’s imports from Switzerland in 2019 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2018,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2019
over 2018
02 Meat and edible meat offal 297,444 0.01 148,611100.15
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 36,888,225 1.29 32,745,64112.65
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 66,130 0.00 17,461278.73
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 29,114,548 1.02 25,568,97013.87
10 Cereals 0 0.00 32,211-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 712 0.00 8,028-91.13
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,081 0.00 0
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 2,529,018 0.09 2,910,353-13.10
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 351,616 0.01 831,170-57.70
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 1,538,927 0.05 362,733324.26
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,843,556 0.10 4,073,966-30.20
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 14,318,825 0.50 14,265,8810.37
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 78,878,064 2.77 86,361,768-8.67
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,551,494 0.05 1,872,015-17.12
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 56,647,519 1.99 52,810,5777.27
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 19,862,267 0.70 19,917,378-0.28
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 5,608,213 0.20 3,280,05270.98
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 8,184,724 0.29 14,050,489-41.75
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 46,928 0.00 56,983-17.65
26 Ores, slag and ash 453 0.00 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,105,821 0.04 886,90024.68
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 19,272,867 0.68 15,211,42826.70
29 Organic chemicals 218,492,112 7.67 118,713,89084.05
30 Pharmaceutical products 945,271,232 33.17 658,643,71843.52
31 Fertilizers 20,525 0.00 24,162-15.05
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 51,226,207 1.80 43,319,17418.25
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 97,767,088 3.43 100,754,529-2.97
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 18,312,532 0.64 19,383,739-5.53
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 9,459,134 0.33 9,599,955-1.47
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 35 0.00 192-81.77
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 643,461 0.02 406,11158.44
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 26,554,894 0.93 33,693,391-21.19
39 Plastics and articles thereof 50,163,099 1.76 53,139,959-5.60
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,604,438 0.13 3,708,036-2.79
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 73,399 0.00 70,6923.83
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,210,482 0.04 1,016,76919.05
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 3,114 0.00 56,294-94.47
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 3,289,246 0.12 4,947,229-33.51
45 Cork and articles of cork 776,031 0.03 919,325-15.59
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 6,879,239 0.24 7,350,121-6.41
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 653,599 0.02 1,449,494-54.91
50 Silk 0 0.00 4,442-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 4,604 0.00 3,63626.62
52 Cotton 14,053 0.00 8,79459.80
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 10 0.00 1,707-99.41
54 Man-made filaments 512,841 0.02 742,601-30.94
55 Man-made staple fibers 290,890 0.01 473,045-38.51
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,088,476 0.04 979,11211.17
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 194,855 0.01 274,059-28.90
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 237,416 0.01 127,36886.40
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2,114,072 0.07 2,040,3633.61
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 1,944 0.00 32,510-94.02
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 2,994,637 0.11 2,622,11614.21
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 3,333,814 0.12 4,121,217-19.11
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 276,759 0.01 278,538-0.64
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 490,502 0.02 584,596-16.10
65 Headgear and parts thereof 200,141 0.01 101,92696.36
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 95,768 0.00 2,1564,341.93
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 7,170,791 0.25 6,913,4063.72
69 Ceramic products 1,669,761 0.06 1,257,39632.80
70 Glass and glassware 1,489,493 0.05 1,753,215-15.04
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 13,757,389 0.48 19,211,319-28.39
72 Iron and steel 2,561,821 0.09 1,952,18831.23
73 Articles of iron or steel 29,262,898 1.03 47,983,717-39.01
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,779,565 0.10 4,654,950-40.29
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,090,874 0.04 1,501,384-27.34
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3,188,818 0.11 3,894,910-18.13
78 Lead and articles thereof 2,579 0.00 0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 412,834 0.01 411,3040.37
80 Tin and articles thereof 16,499 0.00 18,176-9.23
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 35,799,443 1.26 19,264,81485.83
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 37,242,934 1.31 45,665,566-18.44
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,801,290 0.06 1,640,6639.79
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 380,546,497 13.36 454,279,960-16.23
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 144,615,743 5.08 129,815,60011.40
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 38,388 0.00 736,966-94.79
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 5,243,297 0.18 4,216,91624.34
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 248,998,885 8.74 281,747,700-11.62
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 198,682,271 6.97 205,524,055-3.33
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 75,855 0.00 87,714-13.52
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 2,218,415 0.08 3,405,039-34.85
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,184,142 0.04 1,042,88513.54
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3,056,814 0.11 2,976,9302.68
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 339,138 0.01 20,159,602-98.32
SS Classified 750,522 0.03 9 240 592-91.88
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia