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Belarusian auto dealers hope to sell 20,000 foreign cars in 2011

MINSK, 8 September (BelTA) – In 2011 Belarusian auto dealers are expected to sell 20,000 foreign cars, Sergei Varivoda, Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Scientific and Industrial Association, Chairman of the Board of Chinese Automobiles Company, told reporters on 8 September, BelTA has learned.

In 2010 in spite of the introduction of equal customs tariffs for physical and legal bodies, the sales of Russian and Chinese cars slimmed down. According to Sergei Varivoda, this may be connected with the problems on the foreign currency market, decline in the real income of people and the growth in the interest rates on automobile loans. “We do not expect a boost in sales this autumn,” Sergei Varivoda noted.

As from 2011, the automobile sales are projected to ramp up. In 2012 there are plans to sell 35,000 foreign cars, in 2013 – 50,000 new automobiles.

Sergei Varivoda stressed that a uniform Belarusian ruble exchange rate will help auto dealers sell cars for Belarusian rubles at lower prices. Moreover, he praised the decision of the National Bank to allow auto dealers selling foreign cars for foreign currency in accordance with the established order.