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

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In the 2nd quarter of 2020, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia totaled $472,027,043, up 117.27% ($254,777,358) from the 2nd quarter of 2019.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2020 totaled $423,126,968, up 172.56% ($267,883,236) from the 2nd quarter of 2019.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2020 were $48,900,075, down 21.14% ($13,105,878) from the 2nd quarter of 2019.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2020 was $374,226,893, a 301.37% increase ($280,989,114) over the 2nd quarter of 2019.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 44th largest trading partner in the 2nd quarter of 2020 (up from 68th in the 2nd quarter of 2019), accounting for 0.3869% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.1357% in the 2nd quarter of 2019).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 34th largest export market in the 2nd quarter of 2020 (up from 62nd in the 2nd quarter of 2019), accounting for 0.6052% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.1541% in the 2nd quarter of 2019).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 72nd largest supplier in the 2nd quarter of 2020 (down from 69th in the 2nd quarter of 2019), accounting for 0.0939% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.1045% in the 2nd quarter of 2019).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 32.75% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (31.55% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 13.54% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (16.39% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.15% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (2.79% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 5.70% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (28.86% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.03% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (9.04% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.17% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (7.72% in the 2nd quarter of 2019).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2020 over the 2nd quarter of 2019 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $93,253,143;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $31,798,054;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $21,517,711;
  • 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 $17,789,539;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $3,266,667;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $2,257,469.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia 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) - a decrease of $36,527,099;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $2,467,504;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $2,430,219;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $1,957,930;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $1,915,352;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $1,614,250;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $1,592,887;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $1,365,188.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q2 2020,
US dollars ($)
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 6,781,068 1.60 8,696,420-22.02
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 460,186 0.11 1,067,955-56.91
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0 0.00 25,684-100.00
10 Cereals 117,891,592 27.86 24,638,449378.49
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 58,101 0.01 0
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0 0.00 36,915-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 4,093,330 0.97 6,051,260-32.36
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0 0.00 94,273-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 8,823,900 2.09 6,566,43134.38
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 369,450 0.09 191,69092.73
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 104,626 0.02 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 1,614,250-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 27,631 0.01 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 57,243,430 13.53 25,445,376124.97
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 602,418 0.14 303,36098.58
29 Organic chemicals 15,455 0.00 0
30 Pharmaceutical products 3,266,667 0.77 0
31 Fertilizers 0 0.00 230,526-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 95,658 0.02 94,1591.59
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 84,672 0.02 18,400360.17
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 2,509-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 7,827,103 1.85 10,294,607-23.97
39 Plastics and articles thereof 598,510 0.14 343,53674.22
40 Rubber and articles thereof 318,514 0.08 2,748,733-88.41
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0 0.00 434-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 3,325,129 0.79 4,339,489-23.38
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 595,865 0.14 783,410-23.94
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 5,268,995 1.25 6,861,882-23.21
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 6 0.00 644-99.07
54 Man-made filaments 39,496 0.01 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 297,852 0.07 806,217-63.06
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 12,311 0.00 23,505-47.62
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 6,953 0.00 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,009 0.00 3,825-21.33
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0 0.00 10,370-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 285-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 28,037 0.01 7373,704.21
72 Iron and steel 25,692,693 6.07 4,174,982515.40
73 Articles of iron or steel 268,422 0.06 118,208127.08
74 Copper and articles thereof 47 0.00 352-86.65
75 Nickel and articles thereof 16,652 0.00 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 597 0.00 206189.81
78 Lead and articles thereof 183 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 2,107-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 52,664 0.01 32,42862.40
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 5,433 0.00 4,76114.11
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 624,235 0.15 1,200,038-47.98
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 18,199,843 4.30 410,3044,335.70
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 143,074 0.03 1,508,262-90.51
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 5,160,280 1.22 41,687,379-87.62
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 832 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 752 0.00 127,044-99.41
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 3,800 0.00 63,335-94.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 123,730 0.03 8,0251,441.81
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0 0.00 417-100.00
SS Classified 154,593,766 36.54 4 610 5533,253.04

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 78.37% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (92.08% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 14.64% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.89% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.68% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.58% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.32% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (2.10% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.11% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.53% in the 2nd quarter of 2019);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.87% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.83% in the 2nd quarter of 2019).

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

  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $6,079,001;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $826,498;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $292,664;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $249,189.

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $12,646,894;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $3,556,902;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $1,347,533;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $1,034,953;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - a decrease of $679,289;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $652,001;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $476,819.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 2nd quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q2 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q2 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q2 2020
over Q2 2019
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 497,207 1.02 204,543143.08
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,360 0.00 4,159-67.30
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 860 0.00 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 6,100-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 8,126 0.02 1,830344.04
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 12,782 0.03 2,120502.92
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 8,631 0.02 6061,324.26
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 14,482 0.03 58,782-75.36
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 51,931-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 11,963,304 24.46 15,520,206-22.92
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 1,347,533-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 683,961 1.40 1,718,914-60.21
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 44,492 0.09 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 291,882 0.60 768,701-62.03
39 Plastics and articles thereof 24,897,397 50.91 37,544,291-33.69
40 Rubber and articles thereof 443,090 0.91 193,901128.51
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 644,997 1.32 1,296,998-50.27
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0 0.00 2,129-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 420,334 0.86 1,099,623-61.77
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0 0.00 32,332-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 433-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4,313 0.01 0
72 Iron and steel 0 0.00 42,330-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 283 0.00 429-34.03
74 Copper and articles thereof 6,564,521 13.42 485,5201,252.06
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3,113 0.01 0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 70,030 0.14 216,558-67.66
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0 0.00 31,510-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 523,140 1.07 393,66832.89
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,801,445 3.68 974,94784.77
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 325 0.00 2,548-87.24
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 3,311-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia