Russian foreign trade
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Russian trade with Australia in 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 Australia in 2021: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with Australia

In 2021, Russia’s trade with Australia totaled $975,095,783, up 23.88% ($187,940,301) from 2020.

Russia’s exports to Australia in 2021 totaled $236,369,766, up 91.57% ($112,982,052) from 2020.

Russia’s imports from Australia in 2021 totaled $738,726,017, up 11.29% ($74,958,249) from 2020.

Russia’s trade deficit with Australia in 2021 was $502,356,251, a 7.04% decrease ($38,023,803) over 2020.

Australia was Russia’s 70th largest trading partner in 2021 (up from 71st in 2020), accounting for 0.1242% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.1386% in 2020).

Australia was Russia’s 91st largest export market in 2021 (up from 97th in 2020), accounting for 0.0481% of Russia’s total exports (up from 0.0367% in 2020).

Australia was Russia’s 49th largest supplier in 2021 (down from 47th in 2020), accounting for 0.2518% of Russia’s total imports (down from 0.2868% in 2020).

Russia’s Exports to Australia

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

  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 33.45% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (25.77% in 2020);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 32.68% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (32.55% in 2020);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 12.79% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (6.06% in 2020);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 8.95% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (14.58% in 2020);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 7.63% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (10.44% in 2020);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 2.46% of Russia’s total exports to Australia (7.24% in 2020).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to Australia in 2021 over 2020 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $46,974,810;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $24,782,163;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $19,375,498;
  • 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 $11,107,922;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $3,072,042;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $2,817,425;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $2,070,924;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $1,576,421;
  • 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 $996,976.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to Australia in 2021 over 2020 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $1,079,396;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $883,448;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $810,238;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - a decrease of $777,160.
Russia’s exports to Australia in 2021 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in 2021,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2021
over 2020
02 Meat and edible meat offal 3,794 0.00 0
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,644 0.00 10,705-75.30
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 459-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,148 0.00 0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,067 0.00 1,401-23.84
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 4,686 0.00 1,580196.58
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 70,861 0.03 954,309-92.57
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,289 0.00 96933.02
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 63 0.00 76-17.11
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 823,643 0.35 1,633,881-49.59
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 188,750 0.08 394,804-52.19
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 540,096 0.23 13,8813,790.90
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 83,957 0.04 861,117-90.25
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 43,183 0.02 37,93513.83
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 554,478 0.23 564,862-1.84
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 105,483 0.04 19,596438.29
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 3,350,800 1.42 4,430,196-24.36
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 100 0.00 12733.33
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 16,167 0.01 6,620144.21
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 41,119 0.02 17,833130.58
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 21,039,495 8.90 17,967,45317.10
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 20,988,589 8.88 9,880,667112.42
29 Organic chemicals 1,633,842 0.69 1,909,684-14.44
30 Pharmaceutical products 366,593 0.16 168,233117.91
31 Fertilizers 51,349,596 21.72 26,567,43393.28
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 433,738 0.18 314,32637.99
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 784,785 0.33 407,46792.60
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 515,732 0.22 43,8421,076.34
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 16,552 0.01 78,397-78.89
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 36,127 0.02 298,722-87.91
39 Plastics and articles thereof 494,565 0.21 225,464119.35
40 Rubber and articles thereof 383,811 0.16 271,28541.48
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 15,671 0.01 10,61847.59
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 78,586,498 33.25 31,611,688148.60
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 107,493 0.05 116,081-7.40
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 123,579 0.05 70,74074.69
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 6,858 0.00 5,67920.76
52 Cotton 0 0.00 37-100.00
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 103,657 0.04 64,53860.61
55 Man-made staple fibers 215 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 4,887 0.00 2,302112.29
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0 0.00 4,199-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 684 0.00 317115.77
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 200,710 0.08 123,97061.90
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 56 0.00 24133.33
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 51,448 0.02 45,55412.94
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 47,683 0.02 22,364113.21
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 540,486 0.23 286,20188.85
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 199,779 0.08 174,11714.74
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,291 0.00 22,185-94.18
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 7,828 0.00 28,363-72.40
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 170,461 0.07 112,39451.66
69 Ceramic products 198,282 0.08 95,378107.89
70 Glass and glassware 1,295,785 0.55 1,409,577-8.07
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 79,709 0.03 28,419180.48
72 Iron and steel 19,856,014 8.40 480,5164,032.23
73 Articles of iron or steel 509,688 0.22 173,113194.43
74 Copper and articles thereof 11,365 0.00 9,32221.92
75 Nickel and articles thereof 556,026 0.24 4,18613,182.99
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 6,036,890 2.55 3,965,96652.22
79 Zinc and articles thereof 477 0.00 0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 192 0.00 12,114-98.42
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 3,133,665 1.33 2,777,33812.83
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 36,328 0.02 58,961-38.39
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,152,790 1.33 3,631,467-13.18
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 5,619,097 2.38 4,622,12121.57
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 5,784,805 2.45 2,967,38094.95
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 186,865 0.08 0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,231,496 1.37 1,655,07595.25
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 13,779 0.01 21,941-37.20
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 242,857 0.10 187,14129.77
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 871,944 0.37 1,005,826-13.31
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 639,438 0.27 399,51560.05
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 118,513 0.05 65,12381.98
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 20,453 0.01 11,26781.53
SS Classified 0 0.00 21 388-100.00

Russia’s Imports from Australia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 81.48% of Russia’s total imports from Australia (75.95% in 2020);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 11.92% of Russia’s total imports from Australia (10.41% in 2020);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 3.31% of Russia’s total imports from Australia (10.54% in 2020);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.19% of Russia’s total imports from Australia (1.31% in 2020).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from Australia in 2021 over 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) - an increase of $100,000,802;
  • 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 $19,760,602;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $4,961,495;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $3,654,202;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $3,289,674.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from Australia in 2021 over 2020 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Live animals (HS code 01) - a decrease of $47,005,834;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $5,466,655;
  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes (HS code 35) - a decrease of $4,041,255;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $3,364,470;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $2,461,847.
Russia’s imports from Australia in 2021 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in 2021,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in 2020,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in 2021
over 2020
01 Live animals 2,256,430 0.31 49,262,264-95.42
02 Meat and edible meat offal 904,657 0.12 4,269,127-78.81
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 60,932 0.01 61,756-1.33
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 34,640 0.00 40,360-14.17
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 4,578 0.00 3,87018.29
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 84,129 0.01 62,40634.81
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 14,095 0.00 11,17126.17
10 Cereals 0 0.00 45,576-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 62 0.00 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3,547,703 0.48 2,486,87642.66
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 142,078 0.02 70,984100.15
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0 0.00 395-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 99,364 0.01 130,763-24.01
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 728 0.00 2,591-71.90
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 5,698 0.00 624813.14
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 27,551 0.00 18,01552.93
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 270,672 0.04 178,08551.99
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 15,491,480 2.10 12,201,80626.96
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 1,505,349 0.20 1,087,21638.46
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 4,017,057 0.54 2,964,09635.52
26 Ores, slag and ash 14,575 0.00 19,673-25.91
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 150,396 0.02 68,982118.02
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 564,546,887 76.42 464,546,08521.53
29 Organic chemicals 561,512 0.08 1,088,170-48.40
30 Pharmaceutical products 6,561,539 0.89 9,023,386-27.28
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,807,622 0.24 1,032,52075.07
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 7,378,843 1.00 3,724,64198.11
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 1,288,850 0.17 1,071,67320.27
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 8,612,948 1.17 12,654,203-31.94
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 7,036,040 0.95 7,225,125-2.62
39 Plastics and articles thereof 2,938,200 0.40 2,421,11521.36
40 Rubber and articles thereof 941,712 0.13 1,326,629-29.01
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 1,905,516 0.26 960,94598.30
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 32,935 0.00 35,565-7.39
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 6,186 0.00 7,314-15.42
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 49,829 0.01 65,492-23.92
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 76,717 0.01 34,997119.21
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 231,520 0.03 215,2217.57
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 0 0.00 619-100.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 523 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 5,137,952 0.70 4,348,09118.17
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 2,401 0.00 356,760.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 17,545 0.00 47,579-63.12
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 132,310 0.02 29,196353.18
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 90,792 0.01 35,540155.46
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 40,912 0.01 6,592520.63
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 31,722 0.00 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 4,212 0.00 14,984-71.89
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 2,435 0.00 1,053131.24
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 137,637 0.02 80,02072.00
69 Ceramic products 564,786 0.08 648,438-12.90
70 Glass and glassware 1,087,683 0.15 1,015,6987.09
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 212,598 0.03 192,72110.31
72 Iron and steel 476,297 0.06 8,9955,195.13
73 Articles of iron or steel 6,680,296 0.90 6,336,8605.42
74 Copper and articles thereof 426,617 0.06 165,530157.73
75 Nickel and articles thereof 28,589 0.00 43,131-33.72
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 147,140 0.02 441,530-66.67
78 Lead and articles thereof 100,383 0.01 376,941-73.37
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 40,022 0.01 76,118-47.42
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 781,941 0.11 1,200,705-34.88
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 134,968 0.02 44,930200.40
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 37,102,872 5.02 32,141,37715.44
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 29,196,362 3.95 9,435,760209.42
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 7,269 0.00 4,29369.32
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4,861,370 0.66 5,132,446-5.28
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 17,463 0.00 75,796-76.96
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 16,857,130 2.28 22,323,785-24.49
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 18,424 0.00 3,797385.23
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 279,729 0.04 374,564-25.32
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 180,601 0.02 389,311-53.61
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 621,546 0.08 292,415112.56
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 399,192 0.05 41,654858.35
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 4,006 0.00 705,622.86
SS Classified 0 0.00 11 333-100.00
Russian foreign trade statistics
Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia