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Russian trade in goods with Japan in Q2 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 second quarter of 2020: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Japan

In the 2nd quarter of 2020, Russia’s trade with Japan was $3,851,803,829, down 26.92% ($1,418,896,951) from the 2nd quarter of 2019.

Russia’s exports to Japan in the 2nd quarter of 2020 were $2,217,891,013, down 24.59% ($723,317,889) from the 2nd quarter of 2019.

Russia’s imports from Japan in the 2nd quarter of 2020 were $1,633,912,816, down 29.86% ($695,579,062) from the 2nd quarter of 2019.

Russia’s trade surplus with Japan in the 2nd quarter of 2020 was $583,978,197, a 4.53% decrease ($27,738,827) over the 2nd quarter of 2019.

Japan was Russia’s 11th largest trading partner in the 2nd quarter of 2020 (down from 9th in the 2nd quarter of 2019), accounting for 3.1570% of Russia’s total trade (down from 3.2924% in the 2nd quarter of 2019).

Japan was Russia’s 9th largest export market in the 2nd quarter of 2020 (up from 10th in the 2nd quarter of 2019), accounting for 3.1721% of Russia’s total exports (up from 2.9189% in the 2nd quarter of 2019).

Japan was Russia’s 7th largest supplier in the 2nd quarter of 2020 (down from 6th in the 2nd quarter of 2019), accounting for 3.1368% of Russia’s total imports (down from 3.9267% in the 2nd quarter of 2019).

Russia’s Exports to Japan

The major share of Russian exports to Japan in the 2nd quarter of 2020 (and in the 2nd quarter of 2019) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 72.99% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (73.94% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 12.71% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (7.74% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.58% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (8.34% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.93% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (4.75% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 2.18% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (1.28% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.21% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (1.08% in the 2nd quarter of 2019).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Japan in the 2nd quarter of 2020 over the 2nd 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 $54,073,154;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $7,002,176.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Japan in the 2nd quarter of 2020 over the 2nd 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 $553,980,260;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $96,103,066;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $29,785,692;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $23,574,628.
Russia’s exports to Japan in the 2nd quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q2 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q2 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2020
over Q2 2019
02 Meat and edible meat offal 128,225 0.01 70,41682.10
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 38,699,454 1.74 31,697,27822.09
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 572 0.00 0
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 223,978 0.01 337,700-33.68
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 95,468 0.00 152,217-37.28
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 8,150 0.00 1,996308.32
10 Cereals 4,948,019 0.22 4,662,2616.13
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 818 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 246,617 0.01 300,019-17.80
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 433,890 0.02 108,356300.43
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 322,535 0.01 106,763202.10
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 82,516 0.00 18644,263.44
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 71,221 0.00 5,3341,235.23
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 19,302 0.00 5,532248.92
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 234 0.00 745-68.59
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 121,612 0.01 76,68458.59
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 38,828 0.00 108,413-64.19
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 2,926,070 0.13 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 967,737 0.04 1,853,260-47.78
26 Ores, slag and ash 13,431,732 0.61 14,526,148-7.53
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,604,422,390 72.34 2,158,402,650-25.67
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 2,965,890 0.13 4,438,075-33.17
29 Organic chemicals 18,816,607 0.85 13,845,56835.90
30 Pharmaceutical products 119,122 0.01 0
31 Fertilizers 3,684,300 0.17 5,041,489-26.92
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 622 0.00 1,778-65.02
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 397,413 0.02 246,80961.02
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 2,144 0.00 1,19978.82
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 378 0.00 321,081.25
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 212,947 0.01 308,885-31.06
39 Plastics and articles thereof 45,258 0.00 632,100-92.84
40 Rubber and articles thereof 601,986 0.03 7,251,009-91.70
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 7,965 0.00 10,908-26.98
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 99,907,537 4.50 129,693,229-22.97
45 Cork and articles of cork 0 0.00 173-100.00
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 9,392,658 0.42 10,016,177-6.23
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 20,743 0.00 22,889-9.38
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 19,457 0.00 49,802-60.93
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 159,831-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,046 0.00 0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 142 0.00 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 2,153 0.00 4,288-49.79
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 48 0.00 444-89.19
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 50,719 0.00 82,132-38.25
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 8,589 0.00 294,080-97.08
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 100,135 0.00 129,973-22.96
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 270,032 0.01 601,396-55.10
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,002 0.00 54783.18
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 54-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 277,840 0.01 4,4796,103.17
69 Ceramic products 49,251 0.00 20,975134.81
70 Glass and glassware 316,066 0.01 222,82441.85
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 281,794,606 12.71 227,721,45223.75
72 Iron and steel 37,419,232 1.69 60,993,860-38.65
73 Articles of iron or steel 158,114 0.01 61,718156.19
74 Copper and articles thereof 14,613 0.00 0
75 Nickel and articles thereof 93,707 0.00 828,741-88.69
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 82,569,371 3.72 178,672,437-53.79
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 3,600,828 0.16 4,644,237-22.47
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 3,498 0.00 3,913-10.61
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 2,088 0.00 2,636-20.79
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 6,231,907 0.28 1,135,534448.81
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 408,996 0.02 456,656-10.44
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 313,549 0.01 387,410-19.07
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0 0.00 20,854-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 370,079 0.02 364,5501.52
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0 0.00 159-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 34,292 0.00 49,263-30.39
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 288,016 0.01 221,89129.80
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 49,792 0.00 38,41629.61
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 239 0.00 750-68.13
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 878 0.00 10,000-91.22
SS Classified 75,790 0.00 80 097 322-99.91

Russia’s Imports from Japan

The major share of Russian imports from Japan in the 2nd quarter of 2020 (and in the 2nd quarter of 2019) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 74.34% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (80.59% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 16.29% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (11.12% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.58% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (3.42% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.35% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (1.21% in the 2nd quarter of 2019).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Japan in the 2nd quarter of 2020 over the 2nd quarter of 2019 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $40,533,273;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $24,720,963;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $19,771,185;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $7,133,677.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Japan in the 2nd quarter of 2020 over the 2nd 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 $485,276,211;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $159,096,873;
  • 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) - a decrease of $57,723,973;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $26,826,120;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $10,125,228;
  • Photographic or cinematographic goods (HS code 37) - a decrease of $7,280,973;
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles (HS code 96) - a decrease of $6,488,896;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $6,172,697.
Russia’s imports from Japan in the 2nd quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q2 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q2 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2020
over Q2 2019
02 Meat and edible meat offal 50,704 0.00 80,822-37.26
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,246,702 0.14 3,133,693-28.30
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 1,566 0.00 18,089-91.34
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,080 0.00 4,509-76.05
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0 0.00 302-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 456,033 0.03 431,6245.66
10 Cereals 224,666 0.01 92,987141.61
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 15,028 0.00 29,603-49.23
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 57,360 0.00 17,236232.79
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 205,532 0.01 220,757-6.90
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 12,085 0.00 18,946-36.21
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 67,694 0.00 41,70762.31
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 4,390 0.00 21,378-79.46
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 350,625 0.02 184,58989.95
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 82,810 0.01 149,930-44.77
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 147,048 0.01 172,829-14.92
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 71,982 0.00 61,18017.66
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 4,955,248 0.30 1,939,527155.49
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,522,308 0.15 1,534,98564.32
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 142,753 0.01 108,75631.26
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 461,797 0.03 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 10,079 0.00 54,951-81.66
26 Ores, slag and ash 180,925 0.01 114,67157.78
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 21,871,706 1.34 28,044,403-22.01
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,980,983 0.12 2,082,122-4.86
29 Organic chemicals 34,473,502 2.11 9,752,539253.48
30 Pharmaceutical products 40,947,549 2.51 21,176,36493.36
31 Fertilizers 5,132 0.00 160,457-96.80
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 3,313,219 0.20 5,288,308-37.35
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 5,118,571 0.31 9,861,125-48.09
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 5,350,940 0.33 8,831,904-39.41
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 678,438 0.04 345,02196.64
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 8,688,552 0.53 15,969,525-45.59
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 17,387,756 1.06 10,254,07969.57
39 Plastics and articles thereof 36,821,233 2.25 37,127,387-0.82
40 Rubber and articles thereof 111,331,325 6.81 138,157,445-19.42
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 31,916 0.00 176,241-81.89
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 5,546 0.00 3,75147.85
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 315,396 0.02 46,297581.25
45 Cork and articles of cork 5,695 0.00 2,263151.66
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 7 0.00 229-96.94
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,195,829 0.07 1,788,263-33.13
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 407,882 0.02 290,52440.40
50 Silk 26,583 0.00 2,821842.33
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 360 0.00 18693.55
52 Cotton 3,220 0.00 19,000-83.05
54 Man-made filaments 4,438,427 0.27 3,680,16320.60
55 Man-made staple fibers 5,827,906 0.36 8,403,446-30.65
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 3,374,408 0.21 2,299,94046.72
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 127,687 0.01 311,305-58.98
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 39,446 0.00 11,461244.18
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 353,454 0.02 768,159-53.99
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 315,676 0.02 275,80814.45
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 241,155 0.01 360,329-33.07
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 388,897 0.02 596,858-34.84
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 266,679 0.02 718,089-62.86
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,349 0.00 18,587-81.98
65 Headgear and parts thereof 345,329 0.02 566,375-39.03
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 4,858-100.00
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 1,561 0.00 1,4458.03
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3,968,531 0.24 3,798,6824.47
69 Ceramic products 1,117,049 0.07 1,465,221-23.76
70 Glass and glassware 4,104,248 0.25 7,301,961-43.79
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,664,592 0.10 773,966115.07
72 Iron and steel 1,376,697 0.08 2,020,089-31.85
73 Articles of iron or steel 34,366,557 2.10 44,491,785-22.76
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,083,374 0.07 458,948136.06
75 Nickel and articles thereof 92,187 0.01 763,333-87.92
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,040,990 0.06 2,871,891-63.75
78 Lead and articles thereof 0 0.00 3-100.00
79 Zinc and articles thereof 6,399 0.00 11,174-42.73
80 Tin and articles thereof 1,705 0.00 11,906-85.68
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 240,232 0.01 296,664-19.02
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 12,420,306 0.76 16,659,184-25.44
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 7,887,745 0.48 12,056,105-34.57
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 369,417,260 22.61 528,514,133-30.10
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 107,522,414 6.58 165,246,387-34.93
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 313,424 0.02 4,0997,546.35
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 593,688,726 36.34 1,078,964,937-44.98
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 17,611,527 1.08 19,158,829-8.08
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 126,095,844 7.72 85,562,57147.37
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 262,885 0.02 655,998-59.93
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 1,911,173 0.12 1,154,34865.56
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 7,231,899 0.44 11,850,152-38.97
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,691,918 0.10 2,285,900-25.98
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 20,737,553 1.27 27,226,449-23.83
SS Classified 103,852 0.01 57 01582.15
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia