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15 September 2022, 13:07

Confidence in Belarus' ability to continue export, import operations

MINSK, 15 September (BelTA) – Whatever barriers unfriendly countries and their sanctions-fuelled policy may present, Belarus will find a way and opportunities for export and import. Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Belarus Vladimir Orlovsky made the statement on the sidelines of the 13th international science and practice conference held in Minsk on 15 September to discuss innovations in logistics and customs as a way to bolster the resilience of supply chains, BelTA has learned.

Vladimir Orlovsky said: “The agenda of today's conference has been prompted by time, the political and economic situation. We see the serious sanctions-based pressure that unfriendly countries have put on Belarus and Russia. The stability of supply chains comes to the forefront in this situation. Whatever barriers they may raise against us, whatever borders they may close, the private sector keeps working, we find ways and opportunities for importing raw materials, equipment and for exporting our ready-made products. Certainly, assistance of the customs service to the private sector and interaction with the transport industry and other branches of the national economy are important in this regard. A lot depends on our smooth interaction.”

The official remarked that the speed of processing of freight traffic is of particular importance. “When unfriendly countries banned Belarusian and Russian trucks from the European Union, nobody could have imagined we would adapt to it that fast – within one week – by switching to cargo reloading at logistic hubs near the border. It was made possible thanks to joint efforts of the private sector, the customs service, transport industry, and the Communications and Informatization Ministry. We are now implementing a set of measures to ship goods across the border without stops as fast as possible,” the customs service chief pointed out.

“I believe the most important thing in today's complicated situation is to look for unconventional approaches because it will be impossible to keep working using old tricks. This is why we are going to find new ways,” Vladimir Orlovsky concluded.

Participants of the conference gathered in Minsk on 15 September to discuss the improvement of customs regulations in the Eurasian Economic Union, the main aspects of realization of the newly revised law on customs regulation in Belarus, the operation of innovative customs technologies, and the digitization of international supply chains.

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