MINSK, 3 May (BelTA) - Belarus is discussing with Russia the possibility of redirecting export of timber and engineering goods through Russian seaports, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko told the Belarus 1 TV channel, BelTA has learned.
According to him, Belarus has defined the categories of goods that can been exported via Russian seaports. “We and Russian colleagues are discussing the possibility of redirecting the export of other categories of goods that are currently going through Baltic ports to Russian seaports, like we did with oil products. These are fertilizers, engineering goods, timber,” Roman Golovchenko noted.
"What is important is to make sure that these steps do not damage the economy of enterprises in terms of logistics," the prime minister continued. “This is why we are working on a project to build our own port terminal in Russian ports.”
Roman Golovchenko said that the Russian side expressed readiness to provide or select possible sites meeting Belarus' requirements. According to him, such an investment project will give a certain guarantee that Belarusian cargoes will not get stuck somewhere along the way. "It is very important to calculate logistics here, because every dollar counts in delivery of goods," he added.
The prime minister also noted that Belarus is considering using the Northern Sea Route, which is being developed by the Russian Federation, to reduce the way to the Asia-Pacific region.