Lukashenka wants to deprive Baltic countries of revenues from transit of goods

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has discussed with the head of the Main Customs Committee the details of reorienting cargo traffic from the Baltic direction to the Russian port of Ust-Luga.

Lukashenka asked Yury Syanko about the situation on the borders with Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Ukraine.

“Especially with regard to the two Baltic states — Lithuania and Latvia, as you have reported to me, almost 40% of the trucks that carry cargo to Belarus this year come from Lithuania and Latvia. This is a huge volume. If we deal with this flow, the logistics centers of Lithuania will not receive about a quarter,” Lukashenka noted.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka had a meeting with the Chairman of the State Customs Committee Yury Syanko on October 5. Photo:

Discussions are underway with Russian specialists about redirecting Belarusian cargo with oil products, potash fertilizers and other goods from the Baltic direction to the port of Ust-Luga.

“We have created powerful logistics centers. A lot of services, including for our business entities and for entities of the EAEU countries, are provided in Lithuania. But, as far as I am informed, we can provide these services to the carriers in Belarus. How do you see the solution to this problem?” Lukashenka asked the head of customs.

According to Syanko, in January-August 2020, 71 million tons of goods crossed the Belarusian customs border with the Baltic countries, Poland and Ukraine. This is 15% less than in the corresponding period last year.

“This was influenced, among other things, by Russia, which reduced the volume of petroleum products sold to Western Europe by 30%. Our decrease in exports and imports amounted only to 10%,” said the Chairman of the State Customs Committee.