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Russian trade in goods with Japan in Q1 2021

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 first quarter of 2021: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Japan

In the 1st quarter of 2021, Russia’s trade with Japan was $3,875,524,877, down 9.20% ($392,615,638) from the 1st quarter of 2020.

Russia’s exports to Japan in the 1st quarter of 2021 were $1,919,840,247, down 21.64% ($530,233,741) from the 1st quarter of 2020.

Russia’s imports from Japan in the 1st quarter of 2021 totaled $1,955,684,630, up 7.57% ($137,618,103) from the 1st quarter of 2020.

Russia’s trade balance with Japan went from a surplus of $632,007,461 in the 1st quarter of 2020, to a deficit of $35,844,383 in the 1st quarter of 2021.

Japan was Russia’s 12th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2021 (down from 9th in the 1st quarter of 2020), accounting for 2.5075% of Russia’s total trade (down from 3.0028% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

Japan was Russia’s 13th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2021 (just as in the 1st quarter of 2020), accounting for 2.0810% of Russia’s total exports (down from 2.7535% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

Japan was Russia’s 8th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2021 (down from 7th in the 1st quarter of 2020), accounting for 3.1392% of Russia’s total imports (down from 3.4201% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

Russia’s Exports to Japan

The major share of Russian exports to Japan in the 1st quarter of 2021 (and in the 1st quarter of 2020) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 59.74% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (75.83% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 15.24% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (9.84% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 13.65% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (5.59% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.93% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (5.29% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 4.19% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (1.52% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.67% of Russia’s total exports to Japan (1.20% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Japan in the 1st quarter of 2021 over the 1st quarter of 2020 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $121,014,338;
  • 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 $51,434,337;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $27,247,962;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $9,889,615;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $6,484,430.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Japan in the 1st quarter of 2021 over the 1st quarter of 2020 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 $710,658,698;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $37,605,781;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $6,211,811.
Russia’s exports to Japan in the 1st quarter of 2021 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2021,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2021
over Q1 2020
02 Meat and edible meat offal 102,472 0.01 84,00621.98
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 54,192,258 2.82 26,944,296101.13
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 25,518 0.00 20,19626.35
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 0 0.00 9,527-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 300,785 0.02 432,748-30.49
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 91 0.00 0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 12,105 0.00 9,72324.50
10 Cereals 17,326,180 0.90 7,436,565132.99
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,377,456 0.07 10,05413,600.58
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 361,115 0.02 829,061-56.44
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 16 0.00 972-98.35
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 29,446 0.00 193,306-84.77
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 17,737 0.00 20,353-12.85
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 72,250 0.00 118,072-38.81
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 117,931 0.01 10,3671,037.56
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 9,012 0.00 950848.63
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 92,266 0.00 61,58049.83
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 53,950 0.00 79,108-31.80
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 246,214 0.01 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 6,083,073 0.32 950,253540.15
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,382,396 0.07 839,76564.62
26 Ores, slag and ash 13,807,327 0.72 14,811,526-6.78
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,131,633,301 58.94 1,842,291,999-38.57
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3,987,991 0.21 3,279,46421.60
29 Organic chemicals 17,055,420 0.89 20,178,232-15.48
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 844-100.00
31 Fertilizers 3,551,279 0.18 1,152,424208.16
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0 0.00 1,189-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 639,868 0.03 471,47235.72
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 20,348 0.00 15,02135.46
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 1,086-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 197,366 0.01 989,098-80.05
39 Plastics and articles thereof 412,684 0.02 71,613476.27
40 Rubber and articles thereof 6,164,837 0.32 3,354,42783.78
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,563 0.00 4,654-44.93
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 84,556,201 4.40 122,161,982-30.78
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 9,943,156 0.52 7,049,13841.05
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 41,981 0.00 152,001-72.38
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 28,656 0.00 152,821-81.25
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 87,669-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 185 0.00 84,326-99.78
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 252 0.00 77227.27
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 5,200 0.00 1,882176.30
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 32-100.00
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 853 0.00 54057.96
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 48,172 0.00 69,835-31.02
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 101,099 0.01 76,51232.13
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 199,954 0.01 96,579107.04
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 338,542 0.02 238,38642.01
65 Headgear and parts thereof 36 0.00 6,942-99.48
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 8,259 0.00 79,930-89.67
69 Ceramic products 34,027 0.00 6,221446.97
70 Glass and glassware 419,523 0.02 312,26934.35
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 292,522,117 15.24 241,087,78021.33
72 Iron and steel 55,455,293 2.89 48,970,86313.24
73 Articles of iron or steel 310,643 0.02 295,5725.10
75 Nickel and articles thereof 482,274 0.03 422,37614.18
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 203,075,094 10.58 82,060,756147.47
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 2,755,130 0.14 5,210,900-47.13
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 7,354 0.00 1,763317.13
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 3,007 0.00 8,852-66.03
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 8,300,832 0.43 14,512,643-42.80
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 548,405 0.03 619,929-11.54
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 331,112 0.02 506,836-34.67
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 670,994 0.03 720,798-6.91
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 76,699 0.00 37,925102.24
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 25,268 0.00 26,241-3.71
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 173,255 0.01 153,01413.23
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 49,727 0.00 70,433-29.40
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 51,692 0.00 21,531140.08
SS Classified 0 0.00 94 683-100.00

Russia’s Imports from Japan

The major share of Russian imports from Japan in the 1st quarter of 2021 (and in the 1st quarter of 2020) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 76.28% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (76.99% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 15.85% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (14.69% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.98% of Russia’s total imports from Japan (3.43% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Japan in the 1st quarter of 2021 over the 1st quarter of 2020 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $80,873,828;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $41,573,817;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $27,944,256;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $24,902,870;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $11,217,314.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Japan in the 1st quarter of 2021 over the 1st quarter of 2020 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $26,819,138;
  • 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 $14,657,287.
Russia’s imports from Japan in the 1st quarter of 2021 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2021,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2021
over Q1 2020
02 Meat and edible meat offal 283,426 0.01 124,168128.26
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,947,734 0.15 3,544,094-16.83
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 24,616 0.00 19,43526.66
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 89,515 0.00 64,57838.62
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 971 0.00 5,110-81.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 568,527 0.03 767,642-25.94
10 Cereals 228,161 0.01 181,07626.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 29,761 0.00 66,860-55.49
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 73,848 0.00 58,48226.27
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 153,084 0.01 392,125-60.96
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 37,867 0.00 17,846112.19
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 47,167 0.00 62,362-24.37
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 22,045 0.00 20,4038.05
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 290,572 0.01 363,915-20.15
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 285,258 0.01 251,89613.24
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 197,392 0.01 196,7700.32
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 182,534 0.01 89,172104.70
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 8,094,121 0.41 2,313,932249.80
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,380,930 0.07 1,003,90437.56
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 220,359 0.01 38,898466.50
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 440,078-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 27,693 0.00 13,92798.84
26 Ores, slag and ash 32,913 0.00 22,01549.50
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 10,401,805 0.53 14,630,473-28.90
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 2,279,952 0.12 2,404,751-5.19
29 Organic chemicals 68,893,690 3.52 43,990,82056.61
30 Pharmaceutical products 44,302,821 2.27 16,358,565170.82
31 Fertilizers 5,423 0.00 7,991-32.14
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 4,789,060 0.24 4,951,889-3.29
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 10,563,582 0.54 10,555,8950.07
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 6,412,638 0.33 7,718,659-16.92
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 183,502 0.01 318,350-42.36
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 12,245,011 0.63 17,224,601-28.91
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 14,616,437 0.75 12,802,42114.17
39 Plastics and articles thereof 35,264,868 1.80 36,351,848-2.99
40 Rubber and articles thereof 110,360,073 5.64 114,381,195-3.52
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 77,888 0.00 62,11125.40
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 9,066 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 210,290 0.01 68,861205.38
45 Cork and articles of cork 7,840 0.00 1,210547.93
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 20 0.00 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,635,140 0.08 1,142,77443.09
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 111,073 0.01 250,612-55.68
50 Silk 0 0.00 27,261-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0 0.00 1,128-100.00
52 Cotton 9,716 0.00 13,278-26.83
54 Man-made filaments 3,360,306 0.17 3,082,0729.03
55 Man-made staple fibers 7,062,413 0.36 5,956,91118.56
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,280,272 0.07 1,714,852-25.34
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 218,779 0.01 294,042-25.60
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 64,897 0.00 31,140108.40
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,021,000 0.05 649,99657.08
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 299,922 0.02 334,323-10.29
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 212,273 0.01 238,204-10.89
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,103,690 0.06 606,82081.88
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 274,902 0.01 541,580-49.24
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 12,040 0.00 40,188-70.04
65 Headgear and parts thereof 275,719 0.01 589,765-53.25
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 5 0.00 373-98.66
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 887 0.00 70825.28
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,960,916 0.15 2,686,05210.23
69 Ceramic products 968,723 0.05 1,332,977-27.33
70 Glass and glassware 5,453,672 0.28 6,968,977-21.74
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,789,742 0.14 1,676,93366.36
72 Iron and steel 603,898 0.03 1,095,307-44.86
73 Articles of iron or steel 35,095,901 1.79 35,051,1830.13
74 Copper and articles thereof 652,854 0.03 2,130,706-69.36
75 Nickel and articles thereof 91,420 0.00 34,844162.37
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,313,818 0.07 1,333,384-1.47
78 Lead and articles thereof 78 0.00 4669.57
79 Zinc and articles thereof 6,143 0.00 6,967-11.83
80 Tin and articles thereof 395 0.00 2,623-84.94
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 41,681 0.00 1,207,224-96.55
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 10,210,351 0.52 10,163,8220.46
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 10,209,667 0.52 11,287,407-9.55
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 397,403,969 20.32 355,830,15211.68
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 135,033,964 6.90 149,691,251-9.79
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 7,122 0.00 15,641-54.47
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 852,692,642 43.60 771,818,81410.48
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 10,835,892 0.55 37,655,030-71.22
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 95,852,392 4.90 84,635,07813.25
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 719,362 0.04 514,97439.69
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 645,475 0.03 914,057-29.38
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 10,575,249 0.54 11,370,132-6.99
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 3,534,239 0.18 2,012,53875.61
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 25,147,500 1.29 21,195,17118.65
SS Classified 52,071 0.00 30 88268.61
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia