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Russian trade in goods with Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia in the first quarter of 2020: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In the 1st quarter of 2020, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia was $319,661,433, down 23.97% ($100,752,357) from the 1st quarter of 2019.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2020 were $269,961,270, down 25.45% ($92,161,565) from the 1st quarter of 2019.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2020 were $49,700,163, down 14.74% ($8,590,792) from the 1st quarter of 2019.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2020 was $220,261,107, a 27.51% decrease ($83,570,773) over the 1st quarter of 2019.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 59th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2020 (down from 53rd in the 1st quarter of 2019), accounting for 0.2249% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.2671% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 50th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2020 (down from 46th in the 1st quarter of 2019), accounting for 0.3034% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.3469% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 72nd largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2020 (down from 68th in the 1st quarter of 2019), accounting for 0.0935% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.1099% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

The major share of Russian exports to Saudi Arabia 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) - 43.59% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (0.43% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 31.53% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (19.86% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 13.25% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (4.89% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 6.74% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (2.23% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.03% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (4.29% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.56% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (39.15% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia 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) - an increase of $116,195,509;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $17,977,746;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $10,372,318;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $7,211,985;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $3,657,460;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $3,513,045;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $1,137,740;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $967,587.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia 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 $126,067,794;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $14,524,138;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $4,359,104;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $1,941,884;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $1,238,920;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $830,840.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2020,
US dollars ($)
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 10,257,240 3.80 6,599,78055.42
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,037,444 0.75 899,704126.46
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0 0.00 25,684-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 14,949-100.00
10 Cereals 49,588,522 18.37 42,376,53717.02
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 44,477 0.02 21,000111.80
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 13,460,210 4.99 14,291,050-5.81
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 9,965 0.00 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1 0.00 194,111-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 9,533,141 3.53 6,020,09658.36
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 129,118 0.05 223,876-42.33
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 8,835 0.00 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 53,192 0.02 6,493719.22
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 1,238,920-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 96,901-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 117,667,601 43.59 1,472,0927,893.22
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 329,197 0.12 359,001-8.30
29 Organic chemicals 0 0.00 83,214-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 967,587 0.36 0
31 Fertilizers 575,736 0.21 248,400131.78
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 181,503 0.07 97,92085.36
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 0 0.00 285-100.00
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,941 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 7,471,275 2.77 11,830,379-36.85
39 Plastics and articles thereof 361,575 0.13 6,7595,249.53
40 Rubber and articles thereof 983,120 0.36 2,925,004-66.39
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 114 0.00 26338.46
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 6 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 13,328,429 4.94 2,956,111350.88
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 179,186 0.07 720,920-75.14
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 4,686,357 1.74 4,408,9236.29
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,440 0.00 400260.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 35 0.00 458,542-99.99
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 5-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 766,220 0.28 731,0664.81
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 298 0.00 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 32,109 0.01 5,608472.56
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,500 0.00 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 78 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 109 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,612 0.00 413,831.71
70 Glass and glassware 0 0.00 81,102-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0 0.00 21-100.00
72 Iron and steel 35,571,083 13.18 17,593,337102.18
73 Articles of iron or steel 167,012 0.06 90,21085.14
74 Copper and articles thereof 7,744 0.00 1,574391.99
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0 0.00 6,806-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,980 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 90-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 11,235 0.00 20,413-44.96
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 3,767 0.00 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 309,356 0.11 320,952-3.61
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 1,095,445 0.41 754,10545.26
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 17,000-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4,300 0.00 126,072,094-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 98,235 0.04 14,622,373-99.33
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 2,982 0.00 0
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 170 0.00 835-79.64
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 1,053-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3 0.00 4-25.00
SS Classified 27,785 0.01 104 227 069-99.97

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 82.38% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (95.55% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 11.09% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.00% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.30% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.78% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.72% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.35% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.01% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.65% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

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

  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $5,357,724;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $605,330.

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $7,547,008;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $3,330,352;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $3,066,088;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $786,743.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2020
over Q1 2019
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 257,545 0.52 331,762-22.37
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 3,366-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 92,344 0.19 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 4,573 0.01 1,610184.04
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 11,639 0.02 3,341248.37
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 3,431 0.01 4,445-22.81
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 60,443 0.12 19,147215.68
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0 0.00 880-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 72,663 0.15 15,871357.84
29 Organic chemicals 11,872,693 23.89 14,938,781-20.52
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 3,330,352-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 398,378 0.80 1,185,121-66.39
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0 0.00 22,600-100.00
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 5,131 0.01 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 99,818 0.20 26,551275.95
39 Plastics and articles thereof 28,119,592 56.58 35,666,600-21.16
40 Rubber and articles thereof 449,347 0.90 527,269-14.78
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,641,975 3.30 1,036,64558.39
54 Man-made filaments 856,540 1.72 745,09414.96
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 38,689-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 890-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 16,084 0.03 1,673861.39
74 Copper and articles thereof 5,357,988 10.78 2642,029,440.91
79 Zinc and articles thereof 128,171 0.26 0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 11,088 0.02 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 240,720 0.48 376,511-36.07
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 0 0.00 13,493-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia