Share of food and agricultural products in Belarusian exports to China on the rise

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MINSK, December 16 (BelTA) – Food and agricultural products will be the main drivers of Belarusian exports to China, BelTA learned during an interview with Belarusian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to China Yuri Senko with SB Belarus newspaper Segodnya.

According to Yuri Senko, food and agricultural products will drive Belarusian exports in the near future. The share of these categories in the structure of exports to China has increased by more than 30% in one year.

According to him, competition in the Chinese market is extremely high. It is quite difficult to grab the attention and win the hearts of Chinese consumers. That is why there is a lot of work and undoubtedly a high quality of Belarusian products behind each statistical figure.

More than 120 Belarusian companies have already been certified to Chinese standards. The export of products, relatively new to China – brick milk, butter, ice cream and sugar – is on the rise. There are also reasons to expect substantial progress in the registration of Belarusian baby milk food, canned food, precooked meat products and all the reasons to start real deliveries of dairy food additives, is convinced the ambassador.

Products from the potash industry, woodworking and light industry also represent the main growth points in addition to agro-industry. Belarus is one of the top three suppliers of potassium fertilizers to China, the ambassador noted.

Electronic integration circuits, cellulose, flax and rapeseed oil are also Belarusian main exports to China.

Yuri Senko added: “From now on, we intend to fill exports with quality products and increase the share of products with high added value. We see sales prospects for confectionery, canned meat, canned fish, alcohol and soft drinks, groceries, snacks, etc.

In early December, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko signed Directive No. 9 on the advancement of Belarusian-Chinese bilateral relations. Among other things, the directive provides for the creation of new entities in the distribution chain and the corresponding infrastructure. This will undoubtedly help increase exports to China, the ambassador noted.

According to statistical data, in January-September 2021, Belarusian exports to China totaled $ 948 million, or 110.7% compared to January-September 2020. This is a satisfactory figure especially given the phenomena crisis caused by the pandemic in the global economy. The ratio of goods / services in Belarusian exports in terms of cost is about 70/30. It is expected to more than double the current volume over the next five years.


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