MINSK, 11 November (BelTA) – Belarus' export of agricultural and food products in January-September 2019 increased by 4.1% over the same period of 2018, Aleksei Bogdanov, Head of the Main Department for Foreign Economic Activities of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry, said at a press conference on 11 November, BelTA has learned.
“In January-September 2019, Belarus' agricultural and food export totaled almost $4 billion, which was up by 4.1% year-on-year. Belarus exported agricultural products to 94 countries. We got access to 11 new markets, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand, Angola, Benin, Kenya, Cuba, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina. We increased volumes of export to almost all countries,” Aleksei Bogdanov said.
Belarus' agricultural export to the CIS countries (including Russia) went up by 3.7% in January-September 2019. “The top three CIS markets for Belarusian export were Russia ($3.1 billion), Kazakhstan ($211 million), and Ukraine ($115 million),” Aleksei Bogdanov noted.
Belarus ramped up shipments to Asia and Oceania by 10.7%. The top five markets in the region were China, Georgia, Vietnam, Israel, and Japan. “The European Union is not an easy market to access due to tariff regulation and good market protection. In January-September 2019, we boosted export to the EU by 8% year-on-year. Belarus' major export destinations in the EU included Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Latvia, and the Netherlands,” Aleksei Bogdanov added.
In general, in January-September 2019 Belarus' agricultural and food export to distant countries grew by 8.1% over the same period of last year and amounted to almost $400 million.More about Economy