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Russian trade in goods with Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia in the first quarter of 2021: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Saudi Arabia

In the 1st quarter of 2021, Russia’s trade with Saudi Arabia was $297,687,032, down 6.87% ($21,974,401) from the 1st quarter of 2020.

Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2021 were $242,114,131, down 10.32% ($27,847,139) from the 1st quarter of 2020.

Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2021 totaled $55,572,901, up 11.82% ($5,872,738) from the 1st quarter of 2020.

Russia’s trade surplus with Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2021 was $186,541,230, a 15.31% decrease ($33,719,877) over the 1st quarter of 2020.

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 59th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2021 (just as in the 1st quarter of 2020), accounting for 0.1926% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.2249% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 49th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2021 (up from 50th in the 1st quarter of 2020), accounting for 0.2624% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.3034% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

Saudi Arabia was Russia’s 72nd largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2021 (just as in the 1st quarter of 2020), accounting for 0.0892% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.0935% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

Russia’s Exports to Saudi Arabia

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 52.31% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (31.53% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 33.68% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (43.59% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.09% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (6.74% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.00% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (4.03% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.44% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (0.56% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.41% of Russia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia (13.25% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

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

  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $23,528,790;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $18,714,555;
  • 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 $4,042,923;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $2,456,024;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $1,726,393;
  • 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 $826,290.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia 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 $36,131,130;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $32,501,937;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $6,258,764;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $5,221,565;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - a decrease of $2,215,676;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $2,037,192;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $1,507,621;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $967,587.
Russia’s exports to Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2021 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2021,
US dollars ($)
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 12,713,264 5.25 10,257,24023.94
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 529,823 0.22 2,037,444-74.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 35,489 0.01 0
10 Cereals 68,303,077 28.21 49,588,52237.74
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 2 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 53,000 0.02 44,47719.16
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 36,989,000 15.28 13,460,210174.80
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 0 0.00 9,965-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 24,882 0.01 12,488,100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 7,317,465 3.02 9,533,141-23.24
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 139,240 0.06 129,1187.84
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 15,894 0.01 8,83579.90
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 473,728 0.20 53,192790.60
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 45,542 0.02 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 15,041 0.01 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 81,536,471 33.68 117,667,601-30.71
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,155,487 0.48 329,197251.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 0 0.00 967,587-100.00
31 Fertilizers 110,779 0.05 575,736-80.76
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 23,908 0.01 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 191,263 0.08 181,5035.38
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 67,968 0.03 0
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 2,941-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 2,249,710 0.93 7,471,275-69.89
39 Plastics and articles thereof 743,385 0.31 361,575105.60
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,709,513 1.12 983,120175.60
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 44 0.00 114-61.40
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0 0.00 6-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 7,069,665 2.92 13,328,429-46.96
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 178,791 0.07 179,186-0.22
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,649,165 1.09 4,686,357-43.47
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 74 0.00 1,440-94.86
54 Man-made filaments 93,241 0.04 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 35 0.00 350.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 632,364 0.26 766,220-17.47
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 72 0.00 298-75.84
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 41,127 0.02 32,10928.09
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 1,500-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 4,843 0.00 786,108.97
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 109-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 1,612-100.00
69 Ceramic products 20 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 3,069,146 1.27 35,571,083-91.37
73 Articles of iron or steel 259,945 0.11 167,01255.64
74 Copper and articles thereof 5,313 0.00 7,744-31.39
75 Nickel and articles thereof 18,263 0.01 0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 28,492 0.01 1,9801,338.99
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 25,749 0.01 11,235129.19
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 7,844 0.00 3,767108.23
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 510,259 0.21 309,35664.94
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 5,138,368 2.12 1,095,445369.07
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 13,715 0.01 4,300218.95
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 243,117 0.10 98,235147.49
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 1,177 0.00 2,982-60.53
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 27,259 0.01 17015,934.71
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 512 0.00 316,966.67
SS Classified 6,651,600 2.75 27 78523,839.54

Russia’s Imports from Saudi Arabia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 84.66% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (82.38% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.64% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (11.09% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 5.29% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.48% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.72% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.72% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.64% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.01% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.05% of Russia’s total imports from Saudi Arabia (3.30% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $2,700,951;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $2,367,141;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $2,047,035;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $1,143,117;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $508,617;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $445,745;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $429,002;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - an increase of $266,502;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $174,730.

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

  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - a decrease of $2,622,762;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $1,618,344.
Russia’s imports from Saudi Arabia in the 1st quarter of 2021 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2021,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2021
over Q1 2020
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 429,002 0.77 0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 432,275 0.78 257,54567.84
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,012 0.00 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0 0.00 92,344-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,442 0.00 4,573-68.47
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 2,391 0.00 11,639-79.46
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 3,989 0.01 3,43116.26
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 22,380 0.04 60,443-62.97
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 18,522 0.03 72,663-74.51
29 Organic chemicals 14,239,834 25.62 11,872,69319.94
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,541,495 2.77 398,378286.94
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 46,812 0.08 0
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 5,131-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 159,939 0.29 99,81860.23
39 Plastics and articles thereof 30,166,627 54.28 28,119,5927.28
40 Rubber and articles thereof 895,092 1.61 449,34799.20
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 23,631 0.04 1,641,975-98.56
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,919 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 955,364 1.72 856,54011.54
73 Articles of iron or steel 7,488 0.01 16,084-53.44
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,735,226 4.92 5,357,988-48.95
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 508,617 0.92 0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 171,671 0.31 128,17133.94
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0 0.00 11,088-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 266,502 0.48 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 2,941,671 5.29 240,7201,122.03
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia