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Russian trade in goods with Japan in Q1 2020

by Russian Foreign Trade
based on data from the Federal Customs Service of Russia
The Report on Russia’s foreign trade in goods with Japan in the first quarter of 2020: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Japan

In the 1st quarter of 2020, Russia’s trade with Japan was $4,268,140,515, down 8.33% ($387,998,316) from the 1st quarter of 2019.

Russia’s exports to Japan in the 1st quarter of 2020 were $2,450,073,988, down 6.95% ($183,068,089) from the 1st quarter of 2019.

Russia’s imports from Japan in the 1st quarter of 2020 were $1,818,066,527, down 10.13% ($204,930,227) from the 1st quarter of 2019.

Russia’s trade surplus with Japan in the 1st quarter of 2020 was $632,007,461, a 3.58% increase ($21,862,138) over the 1st quarter of 2019.

Japan was Russia’s 9th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2020 (just as in the 1st quarter of 2019), accounting for 3.0028% of Russia’s total trade (up from 2.9577% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

Japan was Russia’s 13th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2020 (down from 11th in the 1st quarter of 2019), accounting for 2.7535% of Russia’s total exports (up from 2.5226% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

Japan was Russia’s 7th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2020 (down from 6th in the 1st quarter of 2019), accounting for 3.4201% of Russia’s total imports (down from 3.8139% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

Russia’s Exports to Japan

The major share of Russian exports to Japan in the 1st quarter of 2020 (and in the 1st quarter of 2019) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 75.83% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (75.87% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 9.84% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (6.77% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.59% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (9.56% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 5.29% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (5.01% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.52% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (1.38% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.20% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (1.19% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Japan in the 1st quarter of 2020 over the 1st quarter of 2019 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 $62,715,417;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $12,504,508;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $7,810,680.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Japan in the 1st quarter of 2020 over the 1st quarter of 2019 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 $122,319,774;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $94,214,284;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $23,244,366;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $15,347,256;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $8,877,969.
Russia’s exports to Japan in the 1st quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2020
over Q1 2019
02 Meat and edible meat offal 84,006 0.00 83,9140.11
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 26,944,296 1.10 19,133,61640.82
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 20,196 0.00 7,251178.53
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 1,904-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 9,527 0.00 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 432,748 0.02 266,34262.48
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 9,723 0.00 17,453-44.29
10 Cereals 7,436,565 0.30 16,314,534-54.42
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 10,054 0.00 7,44335.08
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 829,061 0.03 102,758706.81
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 972 0.00 11,952-91.87
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 193,306 0.01 18,867924.57
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 20,353 0.00 1,970933.15
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 118,072 0.00 39,531198.68
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 10,367 0.00 4,558127.45
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 950 0.00 3,498-72.84
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 61,580 0.00 110,045-44.04
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 79,108 0.00 26,136202.68
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0 0.00 86,174-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 950,253 0.04 47,8121,887.48
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 839,765 0.03 2,958,871-71.62
26 Ores, slag and ash 14,811,526 0.60 30,158,782-50.89
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,842,291,999 75.19 1,964,611,773-6.23
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3,279,464 0.13 3,813,846-14.01
29 Organic chemicals 20,178,232 0.82 17,802,14513.35
30 Pharmaceutical products 844 0.00 7,248-88.36
31 Fertilizers 1,152,424 0.05 2,796,249-58.79
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,189 0.00 180560.56
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 471,472 0.02 130,105262.38
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 15,021 0.00 12,77317.60
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1,086 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 989,098 0.04 830,81519.05
39 Plastics and articles thereof 71,613 0.00 310,712-76.95
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,354,427 0.14 5,589,646-39.99
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 4,654 0.00 2,66774.50
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 122,161,982 4.99 120,227,9201.61
45 Cork and articles of cork 0 0.00 69-100.00
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 7,049,138 0.29 11,397,445-38.15
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 152,001 0.01 125,09121.51
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 152,821 0.01 41,699266.49
54 Man-made filaments 87,669 0.00 0
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 171,180-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 84,326 0.00 8994,648.31
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 77 0.00 219-64.84
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,882 0.00 1,898-0.84
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 32 0.00 0
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 540 0.00 271,900.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 69,835 0.00 90,977-23.24
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 76,512 0.00 48,08059.13
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 96,579 0.00 45,773111.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 238,386 0.01 285,706-16.56
65 Headgear and parts thereof 6,942 0.00 4891,319.63
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 79,930 0.00 44018,065.91
69 Ceramic products 6,221 0.00 14,073-55.79
70 Glass and glassware 312,269 0.01 331,487-5.80
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 241,087,780 9.84 178,372,36335.16
72 Iron and steel 48,970,863 2.00 72,215,229-32.19
73 Articles of iron or steel 295,572 0.01 605,592-51.19
74 Copper and articles thereof 0 0.00 5,424-100.00
75 Nickel and articles thereof 422,376 0.02 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 82,060,756 3.35 176,275,040-53.45
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0 0.00 340-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 5,210,900 0.21 2,707,32292.47
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,763 0.00 397344.08
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 8,852 0.00 7,11024.50
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 14,512,643 0.59 2,008,135622.69
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 619,929 0.03 1,078,712-42.53
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 8,516-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 506,836 0.02 942,698-46.24
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 720,798 0.03 556,93929.42
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 37,925 0.00 0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 26,241 0.00 12,296113.41
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 153,014 0.01 212,983-28.16
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 70,433 0.00 38,40583.40
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 21,531 0.00 2947,223.47
SS Classified 94,683 0.00 50189,266.00

Russia’s Imports from Japan

The major share of Russian imports from Japan in the 1st quarter of 2020 (and in the 1st quarter of 2019) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 76.99% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (79.08% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 14.69% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (12.19% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.43% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (3.49% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.81% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (1.02% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Japan in the 1st quarter of 2020 over the 1st quarter of 2019 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $30,461,836;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $11,516,828;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $10,551,400;
  • 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 $7,088,456;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $6,925,248.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Japan in the 1st quarter of 2020 over the 1st quarter of 2019 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $185,923,134;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $43,407,362;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $21,482,052;
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles (HS code 96) - a decrease of $8,799,979;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $6,273,345;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $5,772,425.
Russia’s imports from Japan in the 1st quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2020
over Q1 2019
02 Meat and edible meat offal 124,168 0.01 133,277-6.83
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 3,544,094 0.19 4,181,902-15.25
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 1,980-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 19,435 0.00 13,14547.85
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 64,578 0.00 9,460582.64
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 5,110 0.00 13,576-62.36
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 767,642 0.04 496,61654.57
10 Cereals 181,076 0.01 100,12680.85
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 66,860 0.00 21,628209.14
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 58,482 0.00 68,934-15.16
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 392,125 0.02 186,313110.47
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 17,846 0.00 27,754-35.70
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 62,362 0.00 32,27993.20
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 20,403 0.00 13,48351.32
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 363,915 0.02 220,15865.30
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 251,896 0.01 226,50011.21
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 196,770 0.01 147,63733.28
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 89,172 0.00 41,836113.15
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 2,313,932 0.13 1,492,40955.05
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,003,904 0.06 957,2324.88
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 38,898 0.00 167,251-76.74
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 440,078 0.02 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 13,927 0.00 115,288-87.92
26 Ores, slag and ash 22,015 0.00 22,384-1.65
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 14,630,473 0.80 20,402,898-28.29
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 2,404,751 0.13 2,371,1031.42
29 Organic chemicals 43,990,820 2.42 13,528,984225.16
30 Pharmaceutical products 16,358,565 0.90 13,183,53924.08
31 Fertilizers 7,991 0.00 1,855330.78
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 4,951,889 0.27 4,388,83512.83
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 10,555,895 0.58 7,741,81336.35
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 7,718,659 0.42 8,548,995-9.71
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 318,350 0.02 273,48416.41
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 17,224,601 0.95 15,631,66910.19
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 12,802,421 0.70 15,640,590-18.15
39 Plastics and articles thereof 36,351,848 2.00 29,426,60023.53
40 Rubber and articles thereof 114,381,195 6.29 135,863,247-15.81
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 62,111 0.00 127,426-51.26
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0 0.00 1,628-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 68,861 0.00 116,543-40.91
45 Cork and articles of cork 1,210 0.00 4,974-75.67
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,142,774 0.06 1,395,013-18.08
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 250,612 0.01 405,932-38.26
50 Silk 27,261 0.00 1,8951,338.58
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 1,128 0.00 4,181-73.02
52 Cotton 13,278 0.00 12,1109.64
54 Man-made filaments 3,082,072 0.17 3,096,597-0.47
55 Man-made staple fibers 5,956,911 0.33 8,571,644-30.50
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,714,852 0.09 2,133,002-19.60
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 294,042 0.02 326,053-9.82
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 31,140 0.00 9,199238.52
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 649,996 0.04 565,92114.86
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 334,323 0.02 166,041101.35
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 238,204 0.01 389,324-38.82
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 606,820 0.03 755,991-19.73
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 541,580 0.03 634,992-14.71
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 40,188 0.00 37,6906.63
65 Headgear and parts thereof 589,765 0.03 691,430-14.70
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 373 0.00 201,765.00
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 708 0.00 156353.85
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,686,052 0.15 3,398,960-20.97
69 Ceramic products 1,332,977 0.07 1,124,40418.55
70 Glass and glassware 6,968,977 0.38 7,111,402-2.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,676,933 0.09 1,023,93663.77
72 Iron and steel 1,095,307 0.06 3,052,312-64.12
73 Articles of iron or steel 35,051,183 1.93 38,367,286-8.64
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,130,706 0.12 234,947806.89
75 Nickel and articles thereof 34,844 0.00 96,573-63.92
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,333,384 0.07 1,025,41030.03
78 Lead and articles thereof 46 0.00 1,108-95.85
79 Zinc and articles thereof 6,967 0.00 8,024-13.17
80 Tin and articles thereof 2,623 0.00 760245.13
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 1,207,224 0.07 353,014241.98
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 10,163,822 0.56 16,437,167-38.17
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 11,287,407 0.62 10,927,5533.29
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 355,830,152 19.57 399,237,514-10.87
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 149,691,251 8.23 142,602,7954.97
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 15,641 0.00 1,512934.46
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 771,818,814 42.45 957,741,948-19.41
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 37,655,030 2.07 27,103,63038.93
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 84,635,078 4.66 73,118,25015.75
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 514,974 0.03 1,001,279-48.57
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 914,057 0.05 551,99665.59
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 11,370,132 0.63 10,652,7066.73
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2,012,538 0.11 2,521,164-20.17
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 21,195,171 1.17 29,995,150-29.34
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0 0.00 120,690-100.00
SS Classified 30,882 0.00 42 722-27.71
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia