Russia Balance of Trade  1997-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Russia's trade surplus decreased by 51 percent to USD 7.7 billion in March of 2016, from a USD 15.8 billion surplus a year earlier and below market expectations of USD 8.5 billion. Exports fell 30.1 percent and imports went down at a slower 10.6 percent. Balance of Trade in Russia averaged 9142.64 USD Million from 1997 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 20356 USD Million in January of 2012 and a record low of -185 USD Million in February of 1998. Balance of Trade in Russia is reported by the Central Bank of Russia.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
7712.00 7297.00 20356.00 -185.00 1997 - 2016 USD Million Monthly
Russia runs regular trade surpluses primarily due to high exports of commodities like crude oil and natural gas. In 2013, the biggest trade surpluses were recorded with: Netherlands, Italy, Turkey and Poland. The biggest trade deficits were recorded with: China, the United States and France. This page provides - Russia Balance of Trade - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Russia Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-03-11 01:00 PM Jan $7.9B $10.98B $ 9.75B $ 11.0B
2016-04-11 01:00 PM Feb $7.35B $7.29B $7.2B $ 7.1B
2016-05-12 01:00 PM Mar $7.7B $7.35B $ 8.5B $ 8.1B
2016-06-10 01:00 PM Apr $7.7B $ 8.9B
2016-07-11 01:00 PM May $ 10.0B
2016-08-11 01:00 PM Jun $ 10.3B

Russia Trade Surplus Below Expectations in March


Russia's trade surplus decreased by 51 percent to USD 7.7 billion in March of 2016, from a USD 15.8 billion surplus a year earlier and below market expectations of USD 8.5 billion. Exports fell 30.1 percent and imports went down at a slower 10.6 percent.

Exports fell 30.1 percent year-on-year to USD 22.9 billion while imports decreased 10.5 percent to USD 15.2 billion, central bank data showed. 

The trade surplus with non-CIS countries declined 54.8 percent to USD 5.95 billion and trade surplus with CIS countries fell 33.4 percent to USD 1.76 billion.

According to more detailed data from Russian Customs Statistics, trade surplus went down by 47 percent year-on-year to USD 8.8 billion in March 2015. Exports decreased by 28.8 percent to USD 23.4 billion while imports fell by 10.3 percent to USD 14.5 billion. 

Exports to non-CIS countries decreased to USD 20.3 billion. The biggest drop was reported for: fuels and energy products (by 35.2 percent to USD 11.8 billion) followed by metals (by 23.5 percent to USD 2.2 billion); chemical products (by 34.3 percent to USD 1.5 billion), machinery and equipment (by 16.8 percent to USD 1.3 billion) while foodstuffs and raw materials increased (by 11 percent to USD 1.1 billion). Exports to CIS countries declined to USD 4.0 billion: fuels and energy products (by 36.6 percent to USD 1.1 billion); metals (by 23.6 percent to USD 0.3 billion) and machinery and equipment (by 1.4 percent to USD 0.4 billion) while chemical products (by 11.2 percent to USD  0.5 billion) and foodstuffs and raw materials (by 4.1 percent to USD 0.3 billion) went up.  

Imports from non-CIS countries declined by 16.6 percent to USD 13.2 billion. The fall was mainly driven by: machinery and equipment (by 11.2 percent to 6.3 billion) followed by foodstuffs and raw materials (by 6.8 percent to 1.8 billion, chemical products (by 3.3 percent to USD 2.6 billion); textiles and footwear (by 17 percent to USD 0.8 billion); metals (by 10 percent to USD 0.7 billion). Purchases from CIS countries went down to USD by 18.5 percent to 1.4 billion led by chemical products (by 29.7 percent to USD 0.2 billion) and mineral products (by 44 percent to USD 0.14 billion). In contrast, purchases of machinery and equipment (by 13.8 percent to USD 0.3 billion) and foodstuffs and raw materials (by 16 percent to USD 0.27 billion) rose.

The biggest trade surpluses in March were recorded with the Netherlands (USD 2.1 billion); Turkey (USD 1.1 billion) Belarus (USD 0.56 billion) and South Korea (USD 0.54 billion). The largest trade deficits were recorded with US (USD 0.4 billion trade gap) and France (USD 0.36 billion gap).

Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
5/12/2016 2:47:43 PM

Russia Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 7712.00 7297.00 20356.00 -185.00 USD Million [+]
Exports 22067.00 20171.00 50248.00 4100.00 USD Million [+]
Imports 15217.00 12818.00 32486.00 2691.00 USD Million [+]
Current Account 11700.00 13000.00 39286.00 -3637.00 USD Million [+]
Current Account to GDP 3.10 1.70 18.00 -1.40 percent [+]
External Debt 516.10 515.30 732.80 515.30 USD Billion [+]
Capital Flows 17078.00 12344.00 32843.00 -43071.00 USD Million [+]
Gold Reserves 1414.54 1352.21 1414.54 343.41 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 10485.00 10407.00 10485.00 5707.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Remittances 4863.00 4226.00 5728.00 1359.00 USD Million [+]
Terrorism Index 6.21 6.64 7.21 6.04 [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 52.00 -564.00 40140.00 -3922.00 USD Million [+]




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