MINSK, 7 February (BelTA) – Belarus is conducting negotiations on the certification of its poultry farms for export to the European Union, BelTA learned from Aleksei Bogdanov, Head of the Central Office for Foreign Economic Activities of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry, on 7 February.
The official said: “Citizens of the European Union have good revenues and a high purchasing power. Certainly, we are working on making our companies as open as possible for deliveries to the European market. The serious tariff protection of the European market makes shipments of meat and dairy products difficult. We focus on the products we can promote from the point of view of tariff regulations. Today we are conducting talks in Brussels as part of the Belarus-EU trade dialogue in order to get our poultry farms certified for export to the European market. These products are in demand. The European market imports a lot of poultry products, this is why we see prospects here.”
In 2018 Belarus' export to the European Union rose by 66.6% to $233.5 million. The top customers were Lithuania ($93.6 million), Poland ($41.3 million), and Germany ($28 million). Export to Spain increased by 30 times last year. Export to Slovakia increased by five times. “We are interested in all countries of the European Union. The certification of producers and high customs duties are the main deterring factors. We also advance relations with the European countries, which do not belong to the European Union: Norway, Montenegro, Serbia, and Switzerland,” said Aleksei Bogdanov.