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Russian trade with Australia in 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 Australia in 2020: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Australia

In 2020, Russia’s trade with Australia was $787,155,482, down 7.34% ($62,368,412) from 2019.

Russia’s exports to Australia in 2020 were $123,387,714, down 8.53% ($11,506,089) from 2019.

Russia’s imports from Australia in 2020 were $663,767,768, down 7.12% ($50,862,323) from 2019.

Russia’s trade deficit with Australia in 2020 was $540,380,054, a 6.79% decrease ($39,356,234) over 2019.

Australia was Russia’s 71st largest trading partner in 2020 (just as in 2019), accounting for 0.1386% of Russia’s total trade (up from 0.1274% in 2019).

Australia was Russia’s 97th largest export market in 2020 (down from 95th in 2019), accounting for 0.0367% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0319% in 2019).

Australia was Russia’s 47th largest supplier in 2020 (just as in 2019), accounting for 0.2868% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.2931% in 2019).

Russia’s Exports to Australia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 32.55% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (34.74% in 2019);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 25.77% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (26.77% in 2019);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 14.58% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (19.26% in 2019);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 10.44% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (7.74% in 2019);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 7.24% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (3.96% in 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.06% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (5.25% in 2019).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Australia in 2020 over 2019 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 $2,523,862;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $2,027,087;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - an increase of $904,453;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $813,098;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $795,792;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $783,258;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $759,615;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - an increase of $693,391;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $599,540;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $412,079.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Australia in 2020 over 2019 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $8,239,929;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $8,014,224;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $4,351,027;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $1,250,992;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $650,794.
Russia’s exports to Australia in 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2020
over 2019
02 Meat and edible meat offal 0 0.00 7,113-100.00
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 10,705 0.01 4,551135.22
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 459 0.00 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0 0.00 221-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,401 0.00 347303.75
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,580 0.00 318,321-99.50
10 Cereals 0 0.00 260,405-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 954,309 0.77 49,8561,814.13
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 969 0.00 67,267-98.56
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 76 0.00 3,126-97.57
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 1,633,881 1.32 1,034,34157.96
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 394,804 0.32 312,37126.39
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 13,881 0.01 99,492-86.05
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 861,117 0.70 65,3251,218.20
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 37,935 0.03 20,19787.82
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 564,862 0.46 387,31745.84
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 19,596 0.02 304,622-93.57
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 4,430,196 3.59 2,403,10984.35
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 12 0.00 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 6,620 0.01 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 17,833 0.01 3,861361.88
26 Ores, slag and ash 0 0.00 1,147-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 17,967,453 14.56 25,981,677-30.85
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 9,880,667 8.01 9,067,5698.97
29 Organic chemicals 1,909,684 1.55 1,751,0179.06
30 Pharmaceutical products 168,233 0.14 200,428-16.06
31 Fertilizers 26,567,433 21.53 34,807,362-23.67
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 314,326 0.25 180,49274.15
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 407,467 0.33 89,431355.62
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 43,842 0.04 1,3353,184.04
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 78,397 0.06 1,5474,967.68
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 298,722 0.24 57,907415.87
39 Plastics and articles thereof 225,464 0.18 378,369-40.41
40 Rubber and articles thereof 271,285 0.22 320,205-15.28
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 10,618 0.01 5,35698.24
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 31,611,688 25.62 35,962,715-12.10
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 116,081 0.09 80,30744.55
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 70,740 0.06 67,4574.87
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 5,679 0.00 0
52 Cotton 37 0.00 0
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 64,538 0.05 110,572-41.63
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 2,302 0.00 168,309-98.63
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 4,199 0.00 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 317 0.00 776-59.15
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 123,970 0.10 35,475249.46
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 24 0.00 219-89.04
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 45,554 0.04 14,364217.14
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 22,364 0.02 14,38455.48
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 286,201 0.23 346,857-17.49
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 174,117 0.14 169,9502.45
65 Headgear and parts thereof 22,185 0.02 1,7181,191.33
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 28,363 0.02 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 112,394 0.09 38,010195.70
69 Ceramic products 95,378 0.08 40238,345.00
70 Glass and glassware 1,409,577 1.14 716,18696.82
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 28,419 0.02 39,642-28.31
72 Iron and steel 480,516 0.39 1,131,310-57.53
73 Articles of iron or steel 173,113 0.14 189,689-8.74
74 Copper and articles thereof 9,322 0.01 20,090-53.60
75 Nickel and articles thereof 4,186 0.00 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3,965,966 3.21 3,182,70824.61
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 12,114 0.01 1,126975.84
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 2,777,338 2.25 2,536,1039.51
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 58,961 0.05 27,460114.72
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,631,467 2.94 4,882,459-25.62
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 4,622,121 3.75 2,098,259120.28
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 8,548-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,967,380 2.40 2,207,76534.41
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,655,075 1.34 1,242,99633.15
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 21,941 0.02 16,22435.24
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 187,141 0.15 104,42479.21
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 1,005,826 0.82 798,18826.01
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 399,515 0.32 313,37427.49
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 65,123 0.05 1,9073,314.94
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 11,267 0.01 16,800-32.93
SS Classified 21,388 0.02 161 708-86.77

Russia’s Imports from Australia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 75.95% of Russia’s total imports from Australia (75.28% in 2019);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 10.54% of Russia’s total imports from Australia (9.89% in 2019);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 10.41% of Russia’s total imports from Australia (10.84% in 2019);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.31% of Russia’s total imports from Australia (1.35% in 2019).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Australia in 2020 over 2019 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes (HS code 35) - an increase of $3,278,676;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $2,530,444.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Australia in 2020 over 2019 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 $38,037,688;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $6,385,131;
  • Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather (HS code 41) - a decrease of $5,111,113;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $3,833,133.
Russia’s imports from Australia in 2020 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2019,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2020
over 2019
01 Live animals 49,262,264 7.42 48,534,5851.50
02 Meat and edible meat offal 4,269,127 0.64 5,946,319-28.21
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 638-100.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 61,756 0.01 12,889379.14
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 40,360 0.01 38,5324.74
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 3,870 0.00 6,803-43.11
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 62,406 0.01 14,043344.39
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 11,171 0.00 0
10 Cereals 45,576 0.01 192,780-76.36
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0 0.00 3,293-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 2,486,876 0.37 2,687,166-7.45
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 70,984 0.01 62,52013.54
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 395 0.00 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 130,763 0.02 35,660266.69
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,591 0.00 1,66855.34
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 624 0.00 6,204-89.94
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 6,144 0.00 6,1440.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 18,015 0.00 39,390-54.27
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 178,085 0.03 172,5533.21
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 12,201,806 1.84 11,579,9145.37
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 1,087,216 0.16 1,360,885-20.11
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,964,096 0.45 4,151,014-28.59
26 Ores, slag and ash 19,673 0.00 451,892-95.65
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 68,982 0.01 21,379222.66
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 464,546,085 69.99 502,583,773-7.57
29 Organic chemicals 1,088,170 0.16 442,922145.68
30 Pharmaceutical products 9,023,386 1.36 6,492,94238.97
31 Fertilizers 0 0.00 37,348-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,032,520 0.16 1,700,175-39.27
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 3,724,641 0.56 5,016,788-25.76
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 1,071,673 0.16 1,234,817-13.21
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 12,654,203 1.91 9,375,52734.97
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 7,225,125 1.09 7,449,094-3.01
39 Plastics and articles thereof 2,421,115 0.36 2,184,31310.84
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,326,629 0.20 1,438,033-7.75
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 960,945 0.14 6,072,058-84.17
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 35,565 0.01 38,608-7.88
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 7,314 0.00 6,6689.69
45 Cork and articles of cork 0 0.00 11-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 65,492 0.01 81,397-19.54
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 34,997 0.01 102,174-65.75
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 215,221 0.03 94,388128.02
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 619 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 6-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 4,348,091 0.66 4,466,760-2.66
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 35 0.00 1,355-97.42
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 70-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 47,579 0.01 66,407-28.35
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 29,196 0.00 12,948125.49
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 35,540 0.01 77,478-54.13
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 6,592 0.00 11,729-43.80
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 34,676-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 14,984 0.00 2,941409.49
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 1,053 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 80,020 0.01 53,16950.50
69 Ceramic products 648,438 0.10 431,34850.33
70 Glass and glassware 1,015,698 0.15 1,597,631-36.42
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 192,721 0.03 114,96167.64
72 Iron and steel 8,995 0.00 2,358281.47
73 Articles of iron or steel 6,336,860 0.95 7,776,225-18.51
74 Copper and articles thereof 165,530 0.02 410,969-59.72
75 Nickel and articles thereof 43,131 0.01 251,068-82.82
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 441,530 0.07 74,990488.79
78 Lead and articles thereof 376,941 0.06 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 76,118 0.01 4,5571,570.35
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,200,705 0.18 1,020,56917.65
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 44,930 0.01 80,511-44.19
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 32,141,377 4.84 38,526,508-16.57
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 9,435,760 1.42 8,984,3335.02
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 4,293 0.00 3,00043.10
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 5,132,446 0.77 8,965,579-42.75
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 75,796 0.01 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 22,323,785 3.36 20,967,9316.47
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 3,797 0.00 13,271-71.39
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 374,564 0.06 187,93499.31
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 389,311 0.06 460,814-15.52
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 292,415 0.04 274,6136.48
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 41,654 0.01 51,250-18.72
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 70 0.00 0
SS Classified 11,333 0.00 24 825-54.35
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia