TASHKENT, 25 April (BelTA) – Belarus and Uzbekistan have to polish the logistics schemes used for mutual trade in food, BelTA learned from Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko on 25 April.
Roman Golovchenko said: “Uzbek cabbages are appearing in Belarusian retail now. But the prices for them are high because they are not shipped directly but via transit warehouses in third countries, in the Russian Federation in this case. If we sell beef on the Uzbek market (Belarus accounts for three fourths of their import), why can't the same trucks be used to bring back cabbages, pepper, tomatoes, and so on? It is a fault in the organization of logistics. We should organize mutually compensating trade flows. After that prices for Uzbek goods, which sell well right now, will drop.”
The prime minister remarked that Uzbekistan is interested not only in Belarusian beef but dairy products, too. “The potential of this traditional article of export revealed itself in the last few months. Now more and more retail chains are starting to offer Belarusian dairy products,” Roman Golovchenko pointed out.
In 2021 Belarus-Uzbekistan trade totaled $301.9 million, 7.8% up from 2020, with Belarus' export at $245.4 million (3.3% up). Belarus secured a foreign trade surplus of $188.9 million.