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

Russia’s Trade with South Africa

In the 1st quarter of 2021, Russia’s trade with South Africa was $133,100,550, down 27.36% ($50,130,687) from the 1st quarter of 2020.

Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2021 were $19,517,308, down 48.12% ($18,102,534) from the 1st quarter of 2020.

Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2021 were $113,583,242, down 22.00% ($32,028,153) from the 1st quarter of 2020.

Russia’s trade deficit with South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2021 was $94,065,934, a 12.90% decrease ($13,925,619) over the 1st quarter of 2020.

South Africa was Russia’s 77th largest trading partner in the 1st quarter of 2021 (down from 74th in the 1st quarter of 2020), accounting for 0.0861% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.1289% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

South Africa was Russia’s 107th largest export market in the 1st quarter of 2021 (down from 87th in the 1st quarter of 2020), accounting for 0.0212% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0423% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

South Africa was Russia’s 55th largest supplier in the 1st quarter of 2021 (down from 49th in the 1st quarter of 2020), accounting for 0.1823% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.2739% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

Russia’s Exports to South Africa

The major share of Russian exports to South Africa 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) - 27.29% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (8.13% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 26.71% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (16.45% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 25.62% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (19.27% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 11.19% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (22.64% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 5.23% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (4.83% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 0.87% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (26.59% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

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

  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $1,900,549;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $1,032,830;
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles (HS code 96) - an increase of $488,198;
  • 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 $396,447;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $155,351;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $125,245;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $92,613.

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $9,678,543;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $7,259,896;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $2,430,325;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $974,410;
  • 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 $466,722;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $223,037;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - a decrease of $153,000;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $144,731;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $140,452;
  • Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof (HS code 56) - a decrease of $71,115;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $66,885;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $62,606.
Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2021 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q1 2021,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q1 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2021
over Q1 2020
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0 0.00 1,180-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 92,055 0.47 35,950156.06
10 Cereals 0 0.00 9,678,543-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0 0.00 62,606-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 9,973 0.05 2,358322.94
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 610 0.00 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0 0.00 153,000-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 50,661 0.26 55,755-9.14
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 16,637 0.09 12,99628.02
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 3,500-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 5,212,148 26.71 6,186,558-15.75
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 909,790 4.66 513,34377.23
29 Organic chemicals 146,639 0.75 21,394585.42
31 Fertilizers 2,003,631 10.27 103,0821,843.73
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,360 0.01 282382.27
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 16,792 0.09 1,5091,012.79
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 13,068 0.07 1,196992.64
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0 0.00 4-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 521,974 2.67 429,36121.57
39 Plastics and articles thereof 468,458 2.40 691,495-32.25
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,245,212 6.38 1,296,791-3.98
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1 0.00 654-99.85
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 705,716 3.62 550,36528.23
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 2,341,328 12.00 2,317,1031.05
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,953,220 10.01 4,383,545-55.44
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 24,200 0.12 95,315-74.61
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 482-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 84-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 4,083 0.02 3,58114.02
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4,326 0.02 19,839-78.19
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0 0.00 12-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 7,503-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 93-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 10,437 0.05 9,35211.60
69 Ceramic products 1,850 0.01 1,48025.00
70 Glass and glassware 3,604 0.02 615,808.20
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0 0.00 9-100.00
72 Iron and steel 1,127,351 5.78 8,387,247-86.56
73 Articles of iron or steel 16,488 0.08 49,385-66.61
74 Copper and articles thereof 8 0.00 1,561-99.49
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,033,044 5.29 214482,630.84
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 7,444 0.04 74,329-89.99
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 47 0.00 6,270-99.25
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 304,717 1.56 445,169-31.55
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 364,327 1.87 831,049-56.16
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 651 0.00 45,944-98.58
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 351,485 1.80 496,216-29.17
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0 0.00 915-100.00
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 0 0.00 37-100.00
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 63,300 0.32 8,152676.50
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 488,338 2.50 140348,712.86
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0 0.00 1,345-100.00
SS Classified 2,335 0.01 631 488-99.63

Russia’s Imports from South Africa

The major share of Russian imports from South Africa 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) - 32.05% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (27.50% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 29.20% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (23.84% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 27.83% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (23.82% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.31% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (15.08% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.55% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (1.65% in the 1st quarter of 2020);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 0.01% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (7.99% in the 1st quarter of 2020).

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

  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $2,918,495;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $2,175,549;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $2,122,063;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $1,861,690;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $940,372;
  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes (HS code 35) - an increase of $514,261.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2021 over the 1st quarter of 2020 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 $17,059,912;
  • 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) - a decrease of $11,620,010;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $6,696,523;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $3,580,460;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $3,137,822;
  • 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 (HS code 86) - a decrease of $574,627;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $388,393.
Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 1st quarter of 2021 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q1 2021,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q1 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q1 2021
over Q1 2020
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 63,334 0.06 72,383-12.50
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 83,369 0.07 83,667-0.36
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 21,207,158 18.67 27,903,681-24.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 226-100.00
10 Cereals 68,420 0.06 234,440-70.82
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 274,951 0.24 296,281-7.20
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 1,477 0.00 0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 11,448 0.01 11,2202.03
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0 0.00 7,416-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0 0.00 1,710-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 2,793,019 2.46 1,852,64750.76
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 4,703 0.00 6,722-30.04
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 7,098,044 6.25 4,179,54969.83
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0 0.00 28,083-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 266,542 0.23 297,349-10.36
26 Ores, slag and ash 36,008,672 31.70 39,589,132-9.04
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 126,916 0.11 150,304-15.56
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 904,789 0.80 17,964,701-94.96
29 Organic chemicals 1,588,142 1.40 1,258,86726.16
30 Pharmaceutical products 146,059 0.13 171,600-14.88
31 Fertilizers 118,291 0.10 159,695-25.93
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 158,671 0.14 154,2002.90
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 20,083 0.02 50,652-60.35
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 101,233 0.09 50,528100.35
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1,421,191 1.25 906,93056.70
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 2,353,173 2.07 177,6241,224.81
39 Plastics and articles thereof 334,686 0.29 246,98535.51
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,154,482 1.02 817,86241.16
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 13,306 0.01 8,54055.81
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 7,584 0.01 7,666-1.07
45 Cork and articles of cork 64 0.00 0
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 0 0.00 31-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 733 0.00 3,925-81.32
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 3 0.00 6,886-99.96
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 1,172 0.00 26,897-95.64
52 Cotton 272 0.00 0
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 64,999-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 8,184 0.01 14,105-41.98
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 381 0.00 7,872-95.16
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,065 0.00 1,19273.24
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2,998 0.00 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0 0.00 159-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0 0.00 37-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,407 0.00 3,125-54.98
69 Ceramic products 11,007 0.01 2,810291.71
70 Glass and glassware 2,034 0.00 2,402-15.32
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 15,688 0.01 11,635,698-99.87
72 Iron and steel 3,383,878 2.98 1,261,815168.18
73 Articles of iron or steel 214,529 0.19 202,7135.83
74 Copper and articles thereof 4,296 0.00 230,880-98.14
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 14,526 0.01 2,802418.42
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 197,326 0.17 96,474104.54
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 211,445 0.19 599,838-64.75
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,037 0.00 7,245-85.69
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 16,205,445 14.27 19,343,267-16.22
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 313,631 0.28 337,170-6.98
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 128,514 0.11 703,141-81.72
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 16,119,428 14.19 14,257,73813.06
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 400,289 0.35 75,525430.01
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 78 0.00 12,828-99.39
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2,410 0.00 1,67044.31
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 10,659 0.01 17,491-39.06
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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia