MINSK – The companies affiliated with the Belarusian timber, woodworking, pulp and paper industry concern Bellesbumprom exported goods worth of $59.8 million to the European Union in January-May 2017, up 54.9% from the same period of last year, BelTA learned from the Bellesbumprom spokesperson Ruzhena Novitskaya.
The export items of the Bellesbumprom companies to the EU are chipboards and fiberboards, plywood, furniture, timber, doors, windows, paper, cardboard, wallpapers, matches, packing, and wood fuel. Chipboards (about 33%), plywood (28%), and furniture (11.6%) account for the largest share in the export. Ruzhena Novitskaya emphasized that foreign currency revenue ballooned: in January-May 2017 the growth of export revenue made up 261.8% for chipboards, 165.4% for plywood, 129.4% for furniture as against the same period a year earlier.
The spokesperson pointed out positive momentum in the export of doors and windows. In January-May 2017 the Bellesbumprom companies sold $1 million worth of these goods, up 30% from January-May 2016.
“This year the Bellesbumprom companies are selling into 23 European countries. They have not supplied goods only to Ireland, Finland, Spain, Cyprus, and Malta. The companies are now exploring these markets, viewing them as promising,” Ruzhena Novitskaya said. “Thanks to the ongoing effort to diversify the export, the supplies to the non-CIS countries have been growing steadily. Their share in the total export almost reached 44%. It was over 28% in 2014, 34.5% in 2015, and 42.6% in 2016,” the spokesperson added.