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Bellesbumprom’s exports up 5.9% in Q1

MINSK, 21 May (BelTA) - In Q1 the enterprises affiliated with Bellesbumprom Concern increased foreign trade by 5.9% as against the same period last year to a total of $182.2 million, BelTA learnt from the company.

In Q1 Bellebumprom’s exports edged up by 2.2% as against the same period last year and reached $113.8 million. The Q1 external surplus reached $45.3 million (89.8% as against Q1 2011).

Supplies to the CIS countries in Q1 rose by 5.8% as against Q1 last year (by 51.3% if Russia is excluded). Exports to Russia decreased by 10.7%, to the non-CIS countries by 7.9%. Shipments to the CIS member states accounted for 76.7% of Bellesbumprom’s total exports, those to Russia for 50.5% and to the non-CIS countries ащк 23.3%. Imports from the CIS countries accounted for 37.5% of Bellesbumprom’s total imports, including from Russia for 33.4% and from the non-CIS countries 62.5%.

Export of sawn timber, particleboard, plywood, furniture and wallpaper expanded in January-March this year as compared to Q1 last year. Products were shipped to 40 states and imported from 39 countries.

Work is underway to ramp up exports of products and diversify markets. In 2012, the enterprises affiliated with the concern launched shipments to India, Libya, and Spain. They are also working on extending the range of exported goods. Thus, the exports to Turkey now include laminated plywood.

In Q1 the enterprises affiliated with the concern imported investment goods worth $22.8 million, up 26.8% from the same period last year, intermediate goods to the tune of $42.2 million (6.5%).

Bellesbumprom Concern unites about 60 organizations representing three branches: logging, paper-pulp industry, wood processing and furniture production.