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Foreign Trade of Belarus

Foreign trade in goods

The structure of the industry have identified a high degree of openness of the economy of the Republic of Belarus, its focus on foreign markets. More than 50 percent of goods produced in the country are delivered for export.

In the last decade, the dynamics of foreign trade of the Republic of Belarus is characterized by the fast growth of trade turnover and services. This is caused by high rates of economic growth, increase of scientific and technical and transit potential, participation in integration processes within the CIS framework and also a diversification of trade and economic relations with other regions of the world.

The trends of foreign trade in goods of the Republic of Belarus is presented in the following table.
USD Millions
 
2000
2005
2011
2012
2013
2014

January-May 2015


January-May 2015 compared to January-May
2014, percentage

Trade turnover
15 972
32 687
87 178
92 464

80 226

77 180
23 213
73,2
Export
7 326
15 979
41 419
46 060  
 
37 203
36 392
11 046
68,6
Import
8 646
16 708
45 759
46 404  

 43 023

40 788
12 167
74,7
Balance
-1 320
-729
-4 340
-344
-5 820
-4 396
-1 121
 

The list of export products is characterized by the wide nomenclature.

Among the major export commodities of Belarus are oil products and oil, potash and nitrogen fertilizers, metal products, trucks, tractors, chemical fibers and yarns, tires, dairy and meat products, sugar.

Belarus mainly imports energy resources (oil and natural gas), raw materials and components (metals and metal products, raw materials for chemical industry, machine parts) manufacturing equipment.

Today Belarus has trade relations with more than 180 countries around the world.

Russian Federation is the major trade partner of the Republic of Belarus, it accounts for more than 40 percent of export and more than a half of volume of import.

The European Union is the second largest trade partner of the Republic of Belarus, it accounts more than 30 percent of export and one fifth of import. The main partner in the EU are Greate Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Lithuania, Italy, Poland, Latvia, Belgium, Czech Republic.

In the foreign trade of Belarus with the CIS countries after Russia, Ukraine occupies the second place, Kazakhstan – the third.

There is a positive dynamic in cooperation with the traditional partners in Latin America such as Brazil, Venezuela and Ecuador, and in Asia, notably with China, India, Indonesia and Turkey.

Foreign trade in services

The trends of the foreign trade in services of the Republic of Belarus is illustrated in the following table.

USD Millions
 
2000
2005
2011
2012
2013
2014

January-May 2015 

January-May 2015 compared to January-May
2014, percentage

Trade turnover
1 536
3 483
8 962
10 380
12 760
13 431
4 176
77,7
Export
1 000
2 342
5 610
6 336
7 506
7 820
2 587
85,8
Import
536
1 141
3 352
4 044
5 254
5 611
1 589
67,2
Balance
465
1 201
2 258
2 292
2 252
2 209
998
 

More than 52 percent of the total Belarusian export of services makes up transport services, reflecting favorable geographical position of the Republic of Belarus.

Among the major export position, there are IT and construction services.

The main trade partners of Belarus in export of service are the EU (about half of total exports) and Russia (a quarter of exports).