Russian foreign trade
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Russian trade in goods with Japan in Q3 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 third quarter of 2020: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Japan

In the 3rd quarter of 2020, Russia’s trade with Japan was $3,834,704,813, down 30.48% ($1,680,928,374) from the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Russia’s exports to Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2020 were $2,355,307,950, down 24.43% ($761,472,208) from the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Russia’s imports from Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2020 were $1,479,396,863, down 38.33% ($919,456,166) from the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Russia’s trade surplus with Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2020 was $875,911,087, a 22.01% increase ($157,983,958) over the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Japan was Russia’s 11th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2020 (down from 9th in the 3rd quarter of 2019), accounting for 2.8078% of Russia’s total trade (down from 3.3253% in the 3rd quarter of 2019).

Japan was Russia’s 10th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2020 (up from 12th in the 3rd quarter of 2019), accounting for 2.9945% of Russia’s total exports (down from 3.0165% in the 3rd quarter of 2019).

Japan was Russia’s 8th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2020 (down from 6th in the 3rd quarter of 2019), accounting for 2.5543% of Russia’s total imports (down from 3.8352% in the 3rd quarter of 2019).

Russia’s Exports to Japan

The major share of Russian exports to Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2020 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2019) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 72.29% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (78.76% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 10.14% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (6.57% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 8.71% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (6.06% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.22% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (3.76% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 3.13% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (3.15% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.41% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (0.96% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.05% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (0.64% in the 3rd quarter of 2019).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2020 over the 3rd quarter of 2019 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $40,462,742;
  • 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 $34,010,991;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $10,642,583.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2020 over the 3rd 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 $757,749,253;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $42,057,172;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $23,955,891;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - a decrease of $17,635,251;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $9,463,955.
Russia’s exports to Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2020
over Q3 2019
02 Meat and edible meat offal 97,769 0.00 78,60424.38
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 68,006,534 2.89 85,641,785-20.59
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 30,000 0.00 1,5491,836.73
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 670,450 0.03 476,80040.61
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 274,558 0.01 794,116-65.43
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 12,543 0.00 4672,585.87
10 Cereals 1,286,913 0.05 10,750,868-88.03
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 14,362 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 541,226 0.02 149,400262.27
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 472,499 0.02 12,9543,547.51
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 32,590 0.00 50,694-35.71
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,631 0.00 10,933-75.94
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 203,769 0.01 11,3841,689.96
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 45,945 0.00 9934,526.89
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 8,198 0.00 1,551428.56
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 152,857 0.01 126,67920.66
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 69,267 0.00 98,177-29.45
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0 0.00 83,639-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,700,527 0.07 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 787,231 0.03 1,936,921-59.36
26 Ores, slag and ash 30,839,999 1.31 24,065,09028.15
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,671,030,471 70.95 2,428,779,724-31.20
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 2,586,894 0.11 2,489,7713.90
29 Organic chemicals 24,042,847 1.02 19,185,46225.32
30 Pharmaceutical products 23 0.00 16,545-99.86
31 Fertilizers 3,169,667 0.13 812,115290.30
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0 0.00 649-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 426,675 0.02 276,92754.07
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 4,012 0.00 12,538-68.00
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 933 0.00 5,128-81.81
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 226,336 0.01 234,067-3.30
39 Plastics and articles thereof 87,912 0.00 70,20625.22
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,662,953 0.11 6,854,850-61.15
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 3,122 0.00 10,042-68.91
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0 0.00 3,894-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 68,001,220 2.89 110,058,392-38.21
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 7,866,863 0.33 6,969,57512.87
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 37,516 0.00 123,913-69.72
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 44,827 0.00 138,207-67.57
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 90,095-100.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 0 0.00 90,869-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 222 0.00 14256.34
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 68 0.00 5328.30
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 2,412 0.00 1,21598.52
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 409 0.00 22780.18
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 99,325 0.00 75,37731.77
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 30,747 0.00 1,311,240-97.66
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 245,995 0.01 83,180195.74
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 197,010 0.01 132,83748.31
65 Headgear and parts thereof 623 0.00 3,127-80.08
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3,155 0.00 8,075-60.93
69 Ceramic products 630 0.00 3,248-80.60
70 Glass and glassware 340,233 0.01 100,481238.60
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 238,922,259 10.14 204,911,26816.60
72 Iron and steel 31,212,971 1.33 55,168,862-43.42
73 Articles of iron or steel 127,230 0.01 130,774-2.71
74 Copper and articles thereof 213,772 0.01 157,24335.95
75 Nickel and articles thereof 2,018,536 0.09 177,7291,035.74
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 168,800,481 7.17 128,337,73931.53
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 2,677,912 0.11 4,859,438-44.89
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 14,652 0.00 4,439230.07
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 643 0.00 6,539-90.17
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 12,560,166 0.53 1,917,583555.00
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 446,272 0.02 1,145,049-61.03
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 780,677 0.03 652,67919.61
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 10,241,961 0.43 14,824,419-30.91
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 619,077 0.03 1,495,088-58.59
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 18,921 0.00 0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 32,471 0.00 82,194-60.49
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 121,302 0.01 536,480-77.39
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 112,490 0.00 94,03819.62
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 4,336 0.00 959352.14
SS Classified 18,853 0.00 42 863-56.02

Russia’s Imports from Japan

The major share of Russian imports from Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2020 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2019) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 76.40% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (77.28% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 13.86% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (13.58% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.68% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (3.18% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.56% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (0.41% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.16% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (0.81% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.52% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (1.70% in the 3rd quarter of 2019).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2020 over the 3rd quarter of 2019 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $14,916,009;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $14,777,842;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $4,492,687.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2020 over the 3rd 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 $559,166,904;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $130,956,928;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $47,182,951;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $41,818,494;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $33,154,108;
  • 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 $27,651,024;
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles (HS code 96) - a decrease of $21,529,738;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $20,605,226;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $14,457,526;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $13,846,168;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $10,618,955;
  • 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 (HS code 94) - a decrease of $6,820,132.
Russia’s imports from Japan in the 3rd quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2020
over Q3 2019
02 Meat and edible meat offal 228,382 0.02 119,80690.63
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 1,839,227 0.12 2,205,969-16.62
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 15,000-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 452 0.00 1,363-66.84
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 4,010 0.00 4,469-10.27
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 3,698 0.00 565554.51
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 641,126 0.04 630,5491.68
10 Cereals 19,617 0.00 139,512-85.94
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 58,990 0.00 25,515131.20
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 47,312 0.00 81,989-42.29
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 175,185 0.01 110,88557.99
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 3,363 0.00 28,701-88.28
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 30,813 0.00 34,194-9.89
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 22,191 0.00 12,26580.93
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 181,249 0.01 276,752-34.51
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 94,844 0.01 137,127-30.83
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 200,420 0.01 253,119-20.82
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 97,544 0.01 76,10428.17
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 16,904,711 1.14 1,988,702750.04
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,828,010 0.12 3,337,268-45.22
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 28,649 0.00 12123,576.86
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 718,050 0.05 377,69790.11
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 30,232 0.00 42,458-28.80
26 Ores, slag and ash 195,036 0.01 156,55324.58
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 7,520,991 0.51 40,675,099-81.51
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,587,208 0.11 2,238,459-29.09
29 Organic chemicals 20,364,911 1.38 62,183,405-67.25
30 Pharmaceutical products 14,023,740 0.95 28,481,266-50.76
31 Fertilizers 9,485 0.00 2,111349.31
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 4,212,254 0.28 5,759,987-26.87
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 9,508,056 0.64 11,988,458-20.69
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 7,389,813 0.50 9,789,411-24.51
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 853,362 0.06 1,100,963-22.49
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 102 0.00 208-50.96
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 12,103,402 0.82 15,836,918-23.57
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 17,477,808 1.18 12,985,12134.60
39 Plastics and articles thereof 29,741,039 2.01 40,359,994-26.31
40 Rubber and articles thereof 87,768,353 5.93 134,951,304-34.96
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 66,576 0.00 119,606-44.34
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 326 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 150,039 0.01 76,46596.22
45 Cork and articles of cork 1,074 0.00 4,309-75.08
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 31 0.00 58-46.55
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,283,086 0.09 1,687,658-23.97
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 245,775 0.02 492,934-50.14
50 Silk 12,261 0.00 13,470-8.98
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0 0.00 4,609-100.00
52 Cotton 10,103 0.00 39,091-74.16
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 0 0.00 658-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 3,068,995 0.21 4,162,049-26.26
55 Man-made staple fibers 9,072,382 0.61 9,219,006-1.59
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 2,568,393 0.17 2,843,642-9.68
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 161,529 0.01 336,994-52.07
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,261 0.00 3,621-65.18
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 367,023 0.02 601,823-39.01
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 148,285 0.01 261,276-43.25
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 257,456 0.02 470,937-45.33
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 827,520 0.06 781,1365.94
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 246,648 0.02 546,953-54.91
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 21,502 0.00 43,374-50.43
65 Headgear and parts thereof 454,844 0.03 221,067105.75
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 19 0.00 622-96.95
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 1,192 0.00 227425.11
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3,874,576 0.26 5,737,751-32.47
69 Ceramic products 1,223,038 0.08 1,037,56717.88
70 Glass and glassware 6,953,399 0.47 8,305,885-16.28
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,848,301 0.19 2,407,07418.33
72 Iron and steel 2,620,562 0.18 3,715,768-29.47
73 Articles of iron or steel 31,831,704 2.15 45,677,872-30.31
74 Copper and articles thereof 319,295 0.02 793,275-59.75
75 Nickel and articles thereof 208,148 0.01 217,830-4.44
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,105,272 0.07 2,588,091-57.29
78 Lead and articles thereof 610 0.00 703-13.23
79 Zinc and articles thereof 7,528 0.00 7,625-1.27
80 Tin and articles thereof 7,710 0.00 5,53539.30
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 642,531 0.04 143,304348.37
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 9,293,868 0.63 11,422,222-18.63
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 8,469,792 0.57 11,743,491-27.88
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 377,128,619 25.49 508,085,547-25.77
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 142,875,610 9.66 170,526,634-16.22
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 23,977 0.00 54,070-55.66
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 460,955,548 31.16 1,020,122,452-54.81
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 3,006,753 0.20 23,611,979-87.27
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 146,306,938 9.89 131,529,09611.24
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 837,147 0.06 800,7994.54
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 3,005,479 0.20 2,907,3533.38
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 4,237,016 0.29 11,057,148-61.68
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 3,289,262 0.22 3,162,9313.99
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 13,276,314 0.90 34,806,052-61.86
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 74,906 0.01 46316,078.40
SS Classified 93,005 0.01 43 540113.61
Russian foreign trade statistics
Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia