The Ural Customs Office cites that the foreign trade turnover of the Tyumen region amounted to $3,752.39 mln in 2019. Here, imports hit $1,948.75 mln (52% of the total turnover), while exports reached $1,803.64 mln (48%).
The regional non-resource-based exports amounted to $706.5 mln (39.1% of the total exports).
In 2019, the reach of the region included 102 countries of the world.
The key export destinations were the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Belgium, Poland, Finland, Estonia, the USA, and Kazakhstan.
The core imports of the Tyumen region are sourced from Germany, France, Italy, Korea and China.
The major share in the export structure was in the sector of mineral products, fuel and energy (25–27 HS categories) with $1,098.2 mln.
The chemical industry ranks second (28-40 HS categories) with $562.6 mln.
Machinery, equipment and vehicles rank third (84-90 HS categories) with $76.9 mln.
The following categories demonstrated growth:
- food and farming raw materials (+59.7%),
- machinery, equipment and other vehicles (+67.3%),
- other goods (+11%).
In 2019, the region was committed to the national project “International Cooperation and Export”.
Small businesses took part in 10 international expos and 5 business missions.
For them, 5 reverse business missions took place (for the first time, the reverse business missions of importers were from Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China).
Permanent expos of the Tyumen region were opened in China and Kazakhstan.
The region arranged the participation of Tyumen exporters in e-commerce platforms, the most famous of which was Alibaba. 28 enterprises were able to use this service. International buyers take a particularly acute interest in Tyumen household chemicals, woodworking and engineering categories.
The government of the Tyumen region aims to actively assist in the development of cross-border links of the region.
2019 saw 84 international events, of which 43 were external visits and 41 were welcome visits of the international delegations hosted in the Tyumen region.
The following events were organized:
- presentations of the investment and industrial potential of the Tyumen region in the embassies of Finland, Belgium, Japan, India, China, Israel;
- promo materials of the Tyumen region were sent to the overseas trade missions of Russia, as well as to the trade missions and trade departments of international embassies in Russia, chambers of commerce and industry of other countries, associations and other structures helping to drive and anchor international business in Russia;
- a number of mutual official business visits.
Key international highlights for 2019
March 27-28: the official business delegation of the Tyumen region led by the region’s governor A.V. Moor joined the 8th Russia-Kyrgyzstan interregional conference in Bishkek.
On October 10-12, the Days of Kyrgyzstan were for the first time held in the Tyumen region.
February 18-20: the visit of the Belarusian delegation led by the republic’s minister of energy to the Tyumen region.
June 10-13: the delegation of the Tyumen region visited Minsk, Belarus.
July 16-18: the delegation of the Tyumen region took part in the 6th forum of the regions of Russia and Belarus in St. Petersburg.
To market Tyumen commodities across Central Asia, two permanent expos of Tyumen manufacturers were opened in Nur-Sultan and Almaty in 2019.
November 6-7: the Tyumen delegation led by the region’s governor A.V. Moor took part in the 16th Interregional Cooperation Russia-Kazakhstan Forum hosted in Omsk.
February 28: visit of the chairman of the Holding Company Uzbekozikovkatholding and the CEO of Uzagroexport.
September 16: the Consul General of Uzbekistan in Yekaterinburg visited the Tyumen region.
October 2-5: the delegation from Tashkent region led by the Deputy Hokim of Tashkent region visited the Tyumen region.
To build business links and partnership with Tajikistan, the region organized a business mission of Tyumen’s companies to Tajikistan on November 18-21.
To expand cooperation with the Asia-Pacific, the region engaged in regular work with the Republic of Korea, the People's Republic of China and India.
January 17-19: the delegation from Tyumen took part in Bright Gujarat international summit.
January 20-23: the delegation from the Tyumen region visited Seoul, the Republic of Korea.
June 3: the solemn opening of the office of the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in the Tyumen region took place.
July 25: visit of the Korean companies Junglim Architecture Co. Ltd. and HSnK Architecture and Engineering to Tyumen.
October 2-5: Days of Korea in the Tyumen region.
In 2019, the delegation of the Tyumen region visited China twice.
May 11-13: officials and businesses of the Tyumen region led by the governor A.V. Moor took part in the 4th Silk Road International Expo in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province.
June 13-17: the delegation of the Tyumen region took part in the 6th Russia-China EXPO in Harbin.
To expand the cross-border commerce and business operations with Europe, the Tyumen region hosted officials and businesses representatives of European countries throughout 2019, including:
- the Austrian delegation led by Dr. Johannes Aigner, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria to Russia,
- the Hungarian delegation led by Sergey Syuch, Consul General of Hungary in Yekaterinburg,
- Richard Dewell, Consul General of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Yekaterinburg,
- Dr. Stefan Keil, Consul General of Germany in Yekaterinburg.
- Mathias Cruse, Consul General of Germany in Yekaterinburg, visited the Tyumen region twice.
In August 2019, a joint educational project was launched for Tyumen farmers. Theoretical and practical modules took place in the Tyumen region and Lower Saxony in rotation.
On November 23-24, the Lower Saxony Kleinod theater staged Gesalzte Wassermelonen in the German and Russian languages in the drama theaters of Tyumen and Tobolsk.
On November 18-23, the delegation of the Tyumen region visited the Federal Republic of Germany, the cities of Cologne and Berlin, to discuss the topics of industrial waste sorting and closed-loop recycling.
In 2019, a number of international cooperation treaties were signed:
- agreement on the establishment and development of twin-region relations between the administration of Vikulovsky municipal district of the Tyumen region (Russian Federation) and Buda-Koshelev district executive committee of Gomel region (Republic of Belarus), dated February 20, 2019;
- agreement on the establishment and development of twin-region relations between the administration of Yarkovsky municipal district of the Tyumen region (Russian Federation) and Dobrush district executive committee of Gomel region (Republic of Belarus), dated February 20, 2019;
- agreement between the government of the Tyumen region (Russian Federation) and the government of the Kyrgyz Republic on cooperation in the commercial, economic, sci-tech, social & humanitarian areas, dated March 28, 2019;
- action plan for the implementation of the agreement between the government of the Tyumen region (Russian Federation) and the government of the Republic of Belarus on cooperation in the commercial, economic, sci-tech and cultural areas for 2019-2021, dated August 12, 2019;
- agreement between the government of the Tyumen region (Russian Federation) and the Office of the Plenipotentiary Representative of the government of the Kyrgyz Republic in Jalal-Abad region (Kyrgyz Republic) on commercial, economic, sci-tech and socio-cultural cooperation, dated October 10, 2019;
- roadmap for the implementation of the agreement between the government of the Tyumen region (Russian Federation) and the government of the Kyrgyz Republic on cooperation in the commercial, economic, sci-tech, social and humanitarian areas for 2019-2023, dated October 10, 2019.
In general, the Tyumen region has 10 international cooperation instruments and 13 agreements on the establishment of twin-region relations between municipalities in place.See the details of the Tyumen region’s cooperation with each country on the business portal of the government: http://tyumen-region.ru/“Foreign Economic Activity” section.