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Russian trade in goods with South Africa in Q3 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 third quarter of 2021: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with South Africa

In the 3rd quarter of 2021, Russia’s trade with South Africa totaled $350,785,329, up 5.41% ($17,995,785) from the 3rd quarter of 2020.

Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2021 were $113,567,622, down 0.12% ($141,067) from the 3rd quarter of 2020.

Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2021 totaled $237,217,707, up 8.28% ($18,136,852) from the 3rd quarter of 2020.

Russia’s trade deficit with South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2021 was $123,650,085, a 17.35% increase ($18,277,919) over the 3rd quarter of 2020.

South Africa was Russia’s 65th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2021 (down from 55th in the 3rd quarter of 2020), accounting for 0.1683% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.2437% in the 3rd quarter of 2020).

South Africa was Russia’s 76th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2021 (down from 65th in the 3rd quarter of 2020), accounting for 0.0851% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.1446% in the 3rd quarter of 2020).

South Africa was Russia’s 43rd largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2021 (down from 41st in the 3rd quarter of 2020), accounting for 0.3159% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.3783% in the 3rd quarter of 2020).

Russia’s Exports to South Africa

The major share of Russian exports to South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2021 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2020) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 53.25% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (22.18% in the 3rd quarter of 2020);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 23.43% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (63.23% in the 3rd quarter of 2020);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 11.80% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (2.97% in the 3rd quarter of 2020);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 6.52% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (4.53% in the 3rd quarter of 2020);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.49% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (5.39% in the 3rd quarter of 2020);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.10% of Russia’s total exports to South Africa (1.32% in the 3rd quarter of 2020).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2021 over the 3rd quarter of 2020 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $17,774,448;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $12,236,068;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $10,006,579;
  • 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 $3,058,084;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $1,598,312;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $1,121,162;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $704,249;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $556,780;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $546,128;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $416,768;
  • 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 $395,714.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2021 over the 3rd quarter of 2020 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $45,429,682;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $4,130,417.
Russia’s exports to South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2021 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2021,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2021
over Q3 2020
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 107,247 0.09 244,731-56.18
10 Cereals 26,030,050 22.92 71,459,732-63.57
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 16,549 0.01 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 325,232 0.29 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 91,218 0.08 189,706-51.92
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 34,210 0.03 0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 7,500 0.01 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 17,186 0.02 0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 13,383,763 11.78 3,377,184296.30
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3,764,844 3.32 706,760432.69
29 Organic chemicals 556,780 0.49 0
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,122,573 0.99 1,41179,458.68
31 Fertilizers 40,313,747 35.50 22,539,29978.86
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 4,343 0.00 815432.88
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 4,854 0.00 36,901-86.85
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 831,887 0.73 520,52259.82
39 Plastics and articles thereof 12,956,696 11.41 720,6281,697.97
40 Rubber and articles thereof 921,380 0.81 691,66433.21
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 27,612 0.02 0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 11 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 735,669 0.65 493,57549.05
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 3,254,166 2.87 1,655,85496.52
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 3,412,873 3.01 2,996,10513.91
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0 0.00 5,931-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 65,341 0.06 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 65,643 0.06 0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 256 0.00 375-31.73
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 929 0.00 435113.56
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0 0.00 230-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,755 0.00 9,069-80.65
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4,465 0.00 4,4041.39
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 81 0.00 219-63.01
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 22,224 0.02 22,817-2.60
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 8,247 0.01 28,365-70.93
69 Ceramic products 1,480 0.00 3,700-60.00
70 Glass and glassware 575 0.00 104452.88
72 Iron and steel 1,741,478 1.53 5,871,895-70.34
73 Articles of iron or steel 8,507 0.01 7,54212.80
74 Copper and articles thereof 521 0.00 271,829.63
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 863,445 0.76 159,196442.38
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 212,225 0.19 90,940133.37
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 2,144 0.00 729194.10
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 913,249 0.80 367,121148.76
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 1,088,748 0.96 693,03457.10
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 14,715 0.01 61,477-76.06
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 366,609 0.32 379,928-3.51
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 2,014 0.00 229,054.55
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 61,391 0.05 4,7191,200.93
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 180,090 0.16 341,767-47.31
SS Classified 21,100 0.02 19 7566.80

Russia’s Imports from South Africa

The major share of Russian imports from South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2021 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2020) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 48.53% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (66.14% in the 3rd quarter of 2020);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 20.58% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (13.77% in the 3rd quarter of 2020);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 18.18% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (13.68% in the 3rd quarter of 2020);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 5.95% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (1.73% in the 3rd quarter of 2020);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.88% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (1.89% in the 3rd quarter of 2020);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.66% of Russia’s total imports from South Africa (2.64% in the 3rd quarter of 2020).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2021 over the 3rd 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 $21,460,627;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $13,154,138;
  • 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 $10,327,727;
  • 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 $5,275,535;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $4,804,010;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $885,361;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $879,465;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $793,754;
  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes (HS code 35) - an increase of $776,802.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2021 over the 3rd quarter of 2020 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $35,589,668;
  • 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 $2,364,416;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $1,663,066.
Russia’s imports from South Africa in the 3rd quarter of 2021 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2021,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2021
over Q3 2020
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 4,615 0.00 0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 145,344 0.06 98,07948.19
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 94,635 0.04 63,67948.61
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 101,003,103 42.58 136,592,771-26.06
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0 0.00 583-100.00
10 Cereals 68,123 0.03 30,520123.21
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 235,844 0.10 323,914-27.19
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 3,089 0.00 38,984-92.08
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 72 0.00 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0 0.00 1,835-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 7,842,079 3.31 3,038,069158.13
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 40,217 0.02 1,0003,921.70
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 5,555,744 2.34 4,676,27918.81
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 123,464 0.05 28,816328.46
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 393,613 0.17 403,659-2.49
26 Ores, slag and ash 42,648,622 17.98 29,494,48444.60
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 80,388 0.03 73,2049.81
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 6,142,077 2.59 866,542608.80
29 Organic chemicals 1,236,206 0.52 350,845252.35
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 221,179 0.09 244,028-9.36
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 36,534 0.02 52,089-29.86
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 118,371 0.05 200,209-40.88
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1,067,096 0.45 290,294267.59
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0 0.00 48,316-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 2,093,368 0.88 1,299,61461.08
39 Plastics and articles thereof 232,891 0.10 194,25719.89
40 Rubber and articles thereof 421,496 0.18 603,155-30.12
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 1,276 0.00 0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 77,228 0.03 12,118537.30
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 128,271 0.05 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,381 0.00 4,787-71.15
45 Cork and articles of cork 188 0.00 9989.90
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 921 0.00 351162.39
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 3,031 0.00 675349.04
50 Silk 0 0.00 738-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 66,669 0.03 0
54 Man-made filaments 0 0.00 158,986-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0 0.00 248-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 23,524 0.01 10,195130.74
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 8,302 0.00 4,009107.08
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 10,977 0.00 2,844285.97
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3,667 0.00 1036,570.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 21,977 0.01 2399,095.40
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 22 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 15,769 0.01 2,779467.43
69 Ceramic products 0 0.00 83,905-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 2,389 0.00 3,330-28.26
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 14,122,723 5.95 3,794,996272.14
72 Iron and steel 2,970,242 1.25 4,633,308-35.89
73 Articles of iron or steel 500,094 0.21 775,906-35.55
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,699 0.00 23,924-88.72
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 46,289 0.02 93,244-50.36
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 174,928 0.07 109,83059.27
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 250,474 0.11 150,35566.59
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 4,505 0.00 3,07346.60
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 13,981,739 5.89 14,399,655-2.90
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 886,633 0.37 3,251,049-72.73
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 730,016 0.31 457,35059.62
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 33,176,206 13.99 11,715,579183.18
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 49,919 0.02 336,442-85.16
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 1,872 0.00 20,452-90.85
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6,934 0.00 1,594335.01
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 16,372 0.01 13,56020.74
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 116,319 0.05 0
SS Classified 5,981 0.00 0
Russian foreign trade statistics
Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia