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Belarusian woodworking concern Bellesbumprom reports 41.5% increase in non-CIS sales in 2018

Economy 20.02.2019 | 19:06
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MINSK, 20 February (BelTA) – Enterprises of the Belarusian timber, woodworking, pulp and paper industry concern Bellesbumprom shipped $270.6 million worth of merchandise to non-CIS countries in 2018, 41.5% up from 2017, the concern's press service told BelTA.

The share of non-CIS countries in the geographical structure of Bellesbumprom's export stands at 48.1%, up from 41.6% in 2015. “It is a significant indicator of export diversification efforts for Bellesbumprom enterprises,” the press service noted.

Bellesbumprom enterprises put persistent efforts into penetrating the markets in Africa, Asia, and North America. In 2018 they worked to penetrate the markets of such countries as Egypt, Kenya, and the United Arab Emirates. After a Bellesbumprom delegation visited Egypt, shipments to the country quadrupled and reached $1.6 million. Sawn timber, plywood, and paper were sold.

As far as Asian countries are concerned, export deliveries to China are on the rise. In 2018 Bellesbumprom exported $14.8 million worth of merchandise to China. The accomplishment is attributed not only to a new export item – cellulose, which earned $13.9 million – but also to the resumption and increase in deliveries of newsprint. In 2018 Bellesbumprom also delivered the first few test batches of corrugating paper, plywood, and sawn timber to China.

Deliveries to Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Bahrain rise gradually. The possibility of selling wooden houses to Japan is under consideration. A delegation of potential buyers visited the Domostroenie branch of the Shklov-based newsprint mill to get familiar with the technology used to make houses and the quality of the product. Work is now in progress to decide what features the Japanese company may need in wooden houses of Belarusian make.

“Despite the geographical distance and the high level of development of forestry industry and woodworking industry in North American countries – the USA and Canada – Bellesbumprom enterprises have also found their niche on these markets and have started selling wood panels and furniture,” the Bellesbumprom press service said.

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