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04 March 2024, 10:59

Belarus starts exporting 134 new product names to China in 2023

MINSK, 4 March (BelTA) – In 2023 Belarusian manufacturers began supplying 134 new names of products to China, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to China Aleksandr Chervyakov told the ONT TV channel, BelTA has learned.

Chemical products, including various types of mineral fertilizers and polyamides, make up most of the export. The second most popular group of products is food (dairy products, livestock products, rapeseed oil, etc.). Woodworking products come third. “The products of these industry flagships are in greatest demand,” the ambassador informed.

Last year was successful for domestic enterprises. “We supplied more than 330 names of products to the Chinese market (the precise figure is 332),” noted Aleksandr Chervyakov. “Last year alone we added 134 new names of products to the export assortment. These are canned meat, ice cream, wheat flour, and instant mashed potatoes. We also supply lifting machines, animal feed and much more,” the diplomat added.

According to Aleksandr Chervyakov, entering the Chinese market is not an easy task because of fairly tough competition. “There are companies from all over the world there and Chinese consumers are very demanding. To sell well, products should have a very high quality and an affordable price,” the ambassador added.

In 2023 the export of Belarusian goods amounted to $1.6 billion, up by 20% over 2022. “Both the government of Belarus and our enterprises are now consistently working to expand our presence on the Chinese market; sales are on the rise. The export potential is much higher,” noted Aleksandr Chervyakov. He also commented on discrepancies in trade statistics between Belarus and China. Both statistics are correct. “The difference between Belarusian and Chinese figures is due to different methods, approaches and time periods,”  the ambassador explained. “I’ll give you an example. The cargo leaving China in mid-December arrives here  in February. China puts these deliveries in that year’s statistics, but we include this export in the next year’s statistics. This difference has always been there.”

According to Aleksandr Chervyakov, the establishment of a Belarusian cultural center in Beijing is under consideration. “This will open up a new level of opportunities for us, because the work will be continuous,” he noted. He added that last year a restaurant serving Belarusian cuisine opened in the Chinese capital.

Plans for 2024 include holding a large-scale economic forum in Minsk for regions of China and Belarus, as well as other interesting events and visits. “I wouldn’t like to get ahead of events, but 2024 will be no less eventful than the last one,” said Aleksandr Chervyakov.
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