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

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In the 3rd quarter of 2020, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia was $398,019,468, down 27.46% ($150,705,776) from the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2020 were $341,431,010, down 28.89% ($138,724,930) from the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2020 were $56,588,458, down 17.47% ($11,980,846) from the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2020 was $284,842,552, a 30.79% decrease ($126,744,084) over the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 52nd largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2020 (down from 48th in the 3rd quarter of 2019), accounting for 0.2914% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.3308% in the 3rd quarter of 2019).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 41st largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2020 (down from 38th in the 3rd quarter of 2019), accounting for 0.4341% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.4647% in the 3rd quarter of 2019).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 67th largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2020 (down from 66th in the 3rd quarter of 2019), accounting for 0.0977% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.1096% in the 3rd quarter of 2019).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 78.76% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (33.07% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 13.51% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (13.97% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.35% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (1.88% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.67% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (26.72% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.29% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (3.01% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.83% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (4.02% in the 3rd quarter of 2019).

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $118,988,541;
  • 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 $3,937,013;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $2,663,796;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $1,576,456.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia 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 $127,167,052;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $20,959,855;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $16,625,982;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $10,341,582;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $6,549,603;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $1,975,243.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2020,
US dollars ($)
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 11,431,993 3.35 9,855,53716.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 160,731 0.05 4,7533,281.67
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 257,659 0.08 704,598-63.43
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 25,515 0.01 24,6403.55
10 Cereals 239,250,356 70.07 120,261,81598.94
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 9 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 38,883 0.01 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 9,138,500 2.68 19,480,082-53.09
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,706 0.00 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 8,093,877 2.37 7,795,7593.82
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 132,250 0.04 64,800104.09
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 6,516 0.00 956,758.95
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 366,137 0.11 55565,870.63
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 21,498 0.01 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 575,420-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 20,821 0.01 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 46,104,113 13.50 67,063,968-31.25
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 309,761 0.09 699,266-55.70
29 Organic chemicals 20 0.00 336,500-99.99
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 406,000-100.00
31 Fertilizers 109,950 0.03 143,400-23.33
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 450 0.00 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 147,541 0.04 27,300440.44
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 29,479 0.01 42,638-30.86
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 3,043 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,671,684 0.49 8,221,287-79.67
39 Plastics and articles thereof 359,144 0.11 844,744-57.48
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,772,096 0.52 3,747,339-52.71
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,872 0.00 1581,717.72
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 5,674,732 1.66 5,994,488-5.33
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 174,185 0.05 122,40042.31
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 5,574,219 1.63 2,910,42391.53
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 5,669 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 119,514 0.04 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0 0.00 204,227-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 317-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 270,610 0.08 355,879-23.96
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 10,673 0.00 0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,501 0.00 3,408-55.96
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 46,285 0.01 11,899288.98
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 183 0.00 10,459-98.25
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 3,400-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,149 0.00 71860.03
69 Ceramic products 1,396 0.00 0
70 Glass and glassware 9,266 0.00 85,273-89.13
72 Iron and steel 2,178,282 0.64 18,804,264-88.42
73 Articles of iron or steel 611,479 0.18 449,68735.98
74 Copper and articles thereof 5,076 0.00 4,7327.27
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,193 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 12,231-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 18,118 0.01 11,36259.46
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 36,494 0.01 7984,473.18
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 695,801 0.20 359,17393.72
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 4,332,787 1.27 395,774994.76
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 25,204 0.01 0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 7,799 0.00 127,174,851-99.99
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 649,621 0.19 383,26869.50
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 33,718 0.01 21,84754.34
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 51,458 0.02 31,47663.48
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 7-100.00
SS Classified 1,437,994 0.42 82 502 925-98.26

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 88.98% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (94.38% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 7.41% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.49% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.67% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (2.45% in the 3rd quarter of 2019);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.76% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.27% in the 3rd quarter of 2019).

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

  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $4,089,847;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $1,639,324;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $225,017.

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $8,985,273;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $2,927,817;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $2,879,234;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $1,442,288;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - a decrease of $590,245;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $406,755;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - a decrease of $374,966;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $203,873;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $185,196.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 3rd quarter of 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2020
over Q3 2019
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 58,203 0.10 34,30469.67
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0 0.00 13,500-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0 0.00 2,071-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 16,464,511 29.10 14,825,18711.06
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 2,927,817-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 679,600 1.20 2,121,888-67.97
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 58,176 0.10 39,54147.13
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 9,034-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 328,347 0.58 3,207,581-89.76
39 Plastics and articles thereof 32,203,638 56.91 41,188,911-21.81
40 Rubber and articles thereof 617,445 1.09 392,42857.34
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 45,042 0.08 230,238-80.44
54 Man-made filaments 429,913 0.76 804,879-46.59
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0 0.00 65,496-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,626 0.00 705130.64
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 2,246-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 11,802 0.02 418,557-97.18
74 Copper and articles thereof 4,090,136 7.23 2891,415,171.97
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0 0.00 37-100.00
79 Zinc and articles thereof 71,413 0.13 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0 0.00 28-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 18,998 0.03 11,82060.73
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 25 0.00 590,270-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,466,112 2.59 1,669,985-12.21
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 41,051 0.07 10,370295.86
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,420 0.00 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0 0.00 378-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0 0.00 1,744-100.00
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia