10-07-2012 10:43 Belarus
Kazakhstan seeks to increase foodstuffs import from Belarus
Kazakhstan would like to expand the import of Belarus-made foodstuffs, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Kazakhstan Valery Brylev told reporters on 9 July.
According to the diplomat, Kazakhstan would like to increase the import of Belarusian products, first of all, foodstuffs. At present, Belarus’ major exports to Kazakhstan are milk, dairy products, and sugar. “We export a great number of commodities, from confectionary to food preserves, to Kazakhstan. However, the exports are still insignificant. They could be expanded multiple times,” the diplomat said.
Valery Brylev believes that Belarusian producers are not active and aggressive enough. “We are not active on the market of Kazakhstan yet. Belarusian producers should step up their efforts,” the ambassador said.
At the same time, the exports of Belarusian machinery and light industry products to Kazakhstan are increasing. “This year Amkodor opened an office in Kazakhstan and started selling its products. The private company Conte also launched its operations there. We are gradually making inroads into the Kazakhstan market,” the diplomat said.
In recent years, 13 Belarusian assembly factories have been set up in Kazakhstan. They assemble quarry and mining machines, tractors, grain harvesters, engines, baling machines, elevators, several types of trailers for farm machines. In 2011 Kazakhstan started assembling energy-efficient tractors, new models of harvesters.
Kazakhstan is traditionally Belarus’ third biggest trading partner among the CIS member states following Russia and Ukraine. In 2011 the bilateral trade stood at $768.2 million. In 2011 Belarus’ export to Kazakhstan hit a record high of $631.2 million (135.8% as against 2010). Import from Kazakhstan was estimated at $137 million.
Belarus’ major exports to Kazakhstan in 2011 were milk and dairy products, tires, tractors and truck tractors, sugar, trucks, furniture, wood products, plastic goods, threshing machines and tools, medicines.
Belarus’ major imports from Kazakhstan included flat-rolled products, oil products for secondary refinery at Belarusian oil refineries, crude aluminum, mixed fertilizers, conveyer belts, cotton fiber, phosphor salts and bearings.