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

Russia’s Trade with Switzerland

In the 1st quarter of 2020, Russia’s trade with Switzerland was $1,458,217,041, down 13.92% ($235,812,550) from the 1st quarter of 2019.

Russia’s exports to Switzerland in the 1st quarter of 2020 were $832,093,647, down 23.58% ($256,733,691) from the 1st quarter of 2019.

Russia’s imports from Switzerland in the 1st quarter of 2020 totaled $626,123,394, up 3.46% ($20,921,141) from the 1st quarter of 2019.

Russia’s trade surplus with Switzerland in the 1st quarter of 2020 was $205,970,253, a 57.41% decrease ($277,654,832) over the 1st quarter of 2019.

Switzerland was Russia’s 20th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2020 (up from 22nd in the 1st quarter of 2019), accounting for 1.0259% of Russia’s total trade (down from 1.0761% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

Switzerland was Russia’s 25th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2020 (down from 23rd in the 1st quarter of 2019), accounting for 0.9351% of Russia’s total exports (down from 1.0431% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

Switzerland was Russia’s 19th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2020 (up from 20th in the 1st quarter of 2019), accounting for 1.1779% of Russia’s total imports (up from 1.1410% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

Russia’s Exports to Switzerland

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

  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 34.58% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (10.23% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 33.83% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (60.56% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 24.35% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (25.52% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 5.56% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (1.26% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 0.68% of Russia’s total exports to Switzerland (1.08% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Switzerland 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 $176,344,574;
  • Nickel and articles thereof (HS code 75) - an increase of $93,362,244;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $37,209,487;
  • Lead and articles thereof (HS code 78) - an increase of $10,510,822.

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

  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $466,461,519;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $75,311,326;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - a decrease of $13,680,444;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $7,359,955;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $6,857,079;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $5,816,721.
Russia’s exports to Switzerland in the 1st quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2020
over Q1 2019
01 Live animals 16,501 0.00 2,267627.88
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 795,288 0.10 801,843-0.82
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 4,985 0.00 1553,116.13
10 Cereals 9,267 0.00 6,866,346-99.87
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 185,287 0.02 97,31690.40
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 16-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 110,861 0.01 46,440138.72
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 3,439 0.00 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 57,785 0.01 69,180-16.47
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 70,579 0.01 123,514-42.86
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 1,277,542 0.15 27,3834,565.46
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 3,161,274 0.38 3,740,995-15.50
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 69,134 0.01 37,31585.27
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 202,555,982 24.34 277,867,308-27.10
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 173,652 0.02 179,379-3.19
29 Organic chemicals 1,521,925 0.18 1,451,3904.86
30 Pharmaceutical products 614 0.00 51,640-98.81
31 Fertilizers 37,209,487 4.47 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 63,184 0.01 50126,268.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 61,135 0.01 323,124-81.08
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 2,958 0.00 86,831-96.59
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 45,797 0.01 11,790288.44
39 Plastics and articles thereof 4,055,967 0.49 9,872,688-58.92
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,170,236 0.38 1,709,72185.42
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 354,853 0.04 10,5523,262.90
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 141,299 0.02 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 909,737 0.11 703,84729.25
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 132,194 0.02 352,819-62.53
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 9,047 0.00 8,5365.99
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 13,419 0.00 24,150-44.43
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,284,002 0.15 1,113,85615.28
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,409 0.00 602,248.33
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 128-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 150,371 0.02 3,8193,837.44
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 844,524 0.10 138,951507.79
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 50,550 0.01 8,017530.54
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 307,404 0.04 12,0172,458.08
65 Headgear and parts thereof 42,630 0.01 8,591396.22
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 30,000 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 18,738 0.00 161,001-88.36
69 Ceramic products 6,236 0.00 938564.82
70 Glass and glassware 27,016 0.00 49,772-45.72
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 287,709,083 34.58 111,364,509158.35
72 Iron and steel 528,496 0.06 527,5260.18
73 Articles of iron or steel 186,737 0.02 536,952-65.22
74 Copper and articles thereof 42,004,121 5.05 55,684,565-24.57
75 Nickel and articles thereof 212,649,159 25.56 119,286,91578.27
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 9,705,038 1.17 476,166,557-97.96
78 Lead and articles thereof 15,927,536 1.91 5,416,714194.04
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 943,784-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 517,329 0.06 777,647-33.48
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 713 0.00 47849.16
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 706,084 0.08 8,066,039-91.25
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 1,411,459 0.17 629,183124.33
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 768 0.00 86,327-99.11
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 796,893 0.10 1,075,401-25.90
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 841,797 0.10 1,754,505-52.02
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 37,877 0.00 60,575-37.47
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 74,239 0.01 279,827-73.47
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 45,017 0.01 75,669-40.51
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 550 0.00 730-24.66
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 4,443 0.00 54,718-91.88
SS Classified 0 0.00 74 972-100.00

Russia’s Imports from Switzerland

The major share of Russian imports from Switzerland 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) - 51.48% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (54.16% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 25.02% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (22.15% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.64% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (10.06% in the 1st quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.70% of Russia’s total imports from Switzerland (4.39% in the 1st quarter of 2019).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Switzerland 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 $75,705,900;
  • 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 $8,768,166;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $8,268,872;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $6,459,232;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $5,734,436;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $2,618,138;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $2,232,643;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $1,943,975.

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

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $78,496,634;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $7,293,451;
  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - a decrease of $4,991,910;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $3,483,705;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - a decrease of $2,789,292.
Russia’s imports from Switzerland in the 1st quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2020,
US dollars ($)
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 50,694 0.01 0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 8,369,310 1.34 6,491,79328.92
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 7,322,285 1.17 5,378,31036.14
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0 0.00 363-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0 0.00 92-100.00
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 1,026,771 0.16 541,35489.67
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 63,323 0.01 263,960-76.01
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 221,560 0.04 53,719312.44
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 387,375 0.06 459,353-15.67
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,964,605 0.31 3,112,734-36.88
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 19,669,038 3.14 26,962,489-27.05
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 549,860 0.09 290,48789.29
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 14,014,190 2.24 11,396,05222.97
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 4,632,072 0.74 4,121,05312.40
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 1,105,151 0.18 825,57833.86
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 957,517 0.15 963,752-0.65
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 15,678 0.00 14,9384.95
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 640,558 0.10 201,626217.70
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,851,053 0.30 4,640,345-60.11
29 Organic chemicals 113,220,299 18.08 37,514,399201.80
30 Pharmaceutical products 148,364,931 23.70 226,861,565-34.60
31 Fertilizers 6,629 0.00 4,02264.82
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 9,342,008 1.49 12,825,713-27.16
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 23,313,716 3.72 22,024,5055.85
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 4,923,252 0.79 3,983,11223.60
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,122,298 0.34 2,812,934-24.55
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 318,361 0.05 0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 181,034 0.03 311,902-41.96
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 8,084,242 1.29 5,851,59938.15
39 Plastics and articles thereof 9,956,723 1.59 10,344,806-3.75
40 Rubber and articles thereof 645,553 0.10 616,9854.63
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 14,307 0.00 23,174-38.26
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 294,976 0.05 286,0153.13
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 561,871 0.09 828,094-32.15
45 Cork and articles of cork 122,592 0.02 193,556-36.66
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,137,412 0.34 1,222,93774.78
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 219,214 0.04 87,897149.40
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0 0.00 1,359-100.00
52 Cotton 302 0.00 16385.28
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 0 0.00 10-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 14,864 0.00 123,408-87.96
55 Man-made staple fibers 31,758 0.01 113,981-72.14
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 362,227 0.06 208,20073.98
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 89,098 0.01 36,946141.16
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 64,811 0.01 43,74648.15
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 743,016 0.12 440,59268.64
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 706,423 0.11 658,1157.34
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 452,918 0.07 984,361-53.99
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 85,886 0.01 48,43877.31
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 72,600 0.01 108,271-32.95
65 Headgear and parts thereof 29,978 0.00 21,09642.10
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 607 0.00 401,417.50
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,157,655 0.18 1,305,624-11.33
69 Ceramic products 362,687 0.06 561,184-35.37
70 Glass and glassware 497,666 0.08 406,79922.34
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,658,324 0.42 2,685,728-1.02
72 Iron and steel 274,094 0.04 1,115,617-75.43
73 Articles of iron or steel 6,300,081 1.01 5,987,0005.23
74 Copper and articles thereof 439,121 0.07 278,24657.82
75 Nickel and articles thereof 317,147 0.05 389,950-18.67
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 867,278 0.14 617,94740.35
78 Lead and articles thereof 0 0.00 277-100.00
79 Zinc and articles thereof 97,693 0.02 114,497-14.68
80 Tin and articles thereof 6,692 0.00 4,32154.87
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 4,377,954 0.70 9,369,864-53.28
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 10,006,647 1.60 8,322,08920.24
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 495,072 0.08 374,70932.12
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 65,260,549 10.42 56,991,67714.51
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 36,796,783 5.88 28,028,61731.28
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 11,986-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 970,229 0.15 1,085,363-10.61
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 53,654,848 8.57 47,920,41211.97
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 44,603,235 7.12 43,576,0232.36
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 13,947 0.00 17,875-21.97
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 241,627 0.04 710,312-65.98
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 30,815 0.00 212,697-85.51
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 722,602 0.12 704,8532.52
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 6,530,815 1.04 71,5839,023.42
SS Classified 114,887 0.02 37 064209.97
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia