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In this page: Market Access Procedures | Reaching the Consumers | Distributing a Product | Organizing Goods Transport | Identifying a Supplier

 

Market Access Procedures

International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
Main International Economic Cooperation
Belarus is member of:
- Eurasian Economic Community
- Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) 
Belarus also signed in 2009 a Free Trade Agreement with Serbia.
Non Tariff Barriers
Because of the dictatorial character of the government, the access to the market is very difficult and the administration is one of the most important barriers
Customs Duties and Taxes on Imports
Between 0 and 10% ad valorem. 100% on alcohol.
Goods originating from countries, to where the Republic of Belarus does not apply the most favored nation treatment in trade and political relations, or goods with unidentified country of origin, imported to the customs area of the Republic of Belarus, are assessed with the import customs duties under the “base” rates multiplied by 2.
Belarus provides tariff preferences to developing and least developed countries in form of reduction of the customs duties rates by 25 and 100 percent accordingly concerning the final inventory established by the President of the Republic of Belarus.


Customs Classification
Tariff regulation issues are specified by the Law of Republic of Belarus “Customs Tariff” of February 3rd, 1993.
According to Article 2 of the Law, the Custom duties of the Republic of Belarus correspond to a code of rates of the customs duties (custom duties) applied to goods moved through the customs border of the Republic of Belarus, which are the condition of such moving. It is also fixed that Belarus’ custom duties are integrated according to the Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Trade Activities of the Republic of Belarus, which is generated proceeding from the systems of classification of goods accepted in the international practice.
For further information, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.
Import Procedures
Customs procedures in Belarus coincide with principles of International Convention on customs simplification and harmonization. To consult the list of required documents please visit the website of the Belarus Embassy in the US.
Importing Samples
Samples are subject to the same procedures. For more information go to the Belorussian customs duty website.
 
 
For Further Information
Customs office of Belarus

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Reaching the Consumers

Marketing Opportunities

Consumer Behavior
A majority of the households ensures his subsistence by its own means. The intervention of the State in the process of market creates shortages and a rationing of the food in certain areas. We often see panic purchases of food products. For the immense mass of the inhabitants, life is hard, as the country knows a strong inflation which corrodes the purchasing power.
Consumer Profile and Purchasing Power
The wages are very different between the capital and the country. In addition, there is the emergence of an extremely rich middle-class, beside a population which lives poorly without intermediate class. The average wages all confused areas are of 100€ per month and 200€ for the capital.
Consumers Associations
Contacts of consumers association , Ministry of trade website
Main Advertising Agencies
Main advertising agency in Belarus

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Distributing a Product

Market Shares
No supermarket

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Organizing Goods Transport

Main Useful Means of Transport
Roads and airports are bad maintained in Belarus. Train is the best mean of transport for goods.
Ports
Mikashevichi
Mogilev
Mazyr
Airports
Minsk Airport
Sea Transport Organizations
Ministry of transport and communications of the Republic of Belarus
Air Transport Organizations
Ministry of transport and communications of the Republic of Belarus
Road Transport Organizations
Ministry of transport and communications of the Republic of Belarus
Rail Transport Organizations
Ministry of transport and communications of the Republic of Belarus

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Identifying a Supplier

Type of Production
The main industrial sectors are: arms industry, car industry, agricultural machinery and chemical industry

Business Directories

Multi-sector Directories
All.biz - Byelorussia - Directory of companies in Belarus.
B2B.BY - Directory of businesses in Belarus.
Belarus Guide - Business and industry in Belarus.
Belarusian enterprises - Belarusian directory provided by Export.by. Information and export support website.
Businessdirectory.bz - Business directory.
 
 
Manufacturers Associations of the Main Industries
3 professional associations listed for Belarus.
 
Trade Agencies and Their Representations Abroad
Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Enterprises Federation
Minsk capital association of entrepreneurs and employers
 
 

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