Experts of the Embassy of Belarus in South Africa answered the questions of Belarusian exporters
On June 21, 2021, the National Marketing Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, together with the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in South Africa, held a video conference for Belarusian enterprises interested in exporting products to the markets of this region.
More than 30 export-oriented companies of our country were given the opportunity to receive information on the current state of the economies of the responsible countries (South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia) and promising areas of trade and economic cooperation directly from the Ambassador of Belarus to South Africa Alexander Sidoruk.
During the videoconference, counselors of the Belarusian Embassy in South Africa, assigned to the respective countries, answered questions from Belarusian enterprises about the specifics of export supplies to this region. Belarusian manufacturers were interested in certification, logistics, search for contractors and distributors. The questions related to a wide range of products: lighting, wiring, metal products, medical supplies. Much attention was paid to the conditions for the sale of food products: meat (in particular, poultry meat), sugar, condensed milk, fruit and vegetable preservation.
Director of the National Marketing Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Valery Sadokho noted that a large number of Belarusian enterprises, when registering on the Export.by portal, indicated their interest in developing the South African market. Due to the presence of a number of African countries influenced by the South African economy, the expert recommended that Belarusian exporters apply a regional approach to this market through the activities of the Embassy in South Africa. “The trade turnover between our countries is US $ 28 million. And subject to reorientation of markets, our enterprises can significantly expand this potential,” said Valery Sadokho.
To help exporters, the Embassy of Belarus in South Africa has provided a number of business files with information on the legislative features of the import of products, customs tariffs, as well as a list of business associations in South Africa.
Among the enterprises that took part in the meeting were Amkodor OJSC, BMZ OJSC, Gorodeysky Sugar Plant OJSC, Molochny Gostinets State Enterprise, Litoplast Group of Companies, Rogachevsky MKK , Servolux Agro CJSC, Simurg Medical Enterprise OJSC, Slutsk Cheese-Making Plant, Polotsk-Steklovolokno OJSC and others.