WASHINGTON — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked outrage in the west, even prompting a North Carolina state senator to ask the state’s ABC board to ban manufacturing vodkas Russian.
The terms vodka and Russian are nearly synonymous in the United States thanks to both stereotyping and some degree of truth with the popular Stoli and Russian Standard brands hailing from the Eurasian nation.
But the proposed ban raises the question: what else does the United States import from Russia?
Comparatively, not much.
According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Russia ranked 20th on the list of the largest suppliers of goods to the United States in 2019. In terms of dollars, we are looking at $22.3 billion, which is not not to be neglected.
However, when you look at America’s top trading partners – China, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Germany – that $22.3 billion starts to look like change.
The United States imported $452 billion from China, $358 billion from Mexico, $319 billion from Canada, $144 billion from Japan, and $128 billion from Germany.
Most of those $22.3 billion in imports from Russia won’t be things you’re likely to find in your local grocery store. Russia’s main export to the United States is mineral fuels, estimated at $13 billion. Next, the USTR lists precious metals and stones ($2.2 billion), iron and steel ($1.4 billion), fertilizers ($963 million) and inorganic chemicals ($763 million). millions of dollars).
You would be more likely to come across some of the agricultural products exported by Russia.
In 2019, Russia sent about $69 million from agricultural producers to states, with $8 million worth of snack foods making up the lion’s share. Next, the USTR lists tree nuts ($6 million), other vegetable oils ($3 million), essential oils ($3 million), and other dairy products ($2 million).
Many Russian brands sold and operating in the United States will not emit any bulbs for the average consumer, but you may recognize a few.
If you’ve ever heard the term “Fabergé” egg, it’s actually a brand name! Fabergé is a Russian jewelry company named after its founder, Gustav Fabergé. The concept of Fabergé eggs dates back to 1885 when the Emperor commissioned the company to make a jeweled Easter egg for his Empress.
Other brands that may sound familiar include Kaspersky, which makes anti-virus software, Bosco Sport, which produces clothing, Avtovaz, which makes the Lada vehicle, and Aeroflot, better known as Russian Airlines.
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