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Building materials turnover between Belarus and Ukraine increased by 1.5% — Deputy Minister of construction of Belarus

The growth of turnover in the field of building materials between Belarus and Ukraine in 2017 amounted to more than 1.5%, said Deputy Minister of architecture and construction of Belarus Alexander Sidorov.

“Dynamics of interaction of Belarus with Ukraine (in the sphere of construction – if) is very positive: turnover has increased by more than 1.5% as in import and in export”, – he said at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Confederation of builders of Ukraine (CCU) in Kiev on Wednesday.

According to A. Sidorov, a significant portion of imports of ore, slag, clay and gypsum, and exports a large proportion of paper products.

Deputy Minister of construction of Belarus also added that his Department has good relations with the associations and unions of the construction sector, operating in Ukraine.

“We are ready to listen, to develop a compromise solution on the problems . We’re going to meet, create a joint venture designed to provide the deliveries of Belarusian construction materials to the Ukrainian market”, – said Alexander Sidorov.

According to the Belarusian Deputy Minister, cooperation between countries is also in the field of investment in construction projects.

“There is interest in the implementation of investment projects on the part of Ukrainian investors on the territory of Belarus. We also receive invitations to the Belarusian investors in the Ukrainian projects”, – said Alexander Sidorov.

As reported with reference to head of the cement Association “Ukrcement” Paul Kachura, the Belarusian import to Ukraine in January-August 2017 rose 170 times.

According to him, “Ukrcement” drew law firm to research possible dumping by Belarusian importers in Ukraine. As explained by the Agency of the Association “Ukrcement”, is currently being implemented analysis of these markets to assess the level of threats to the cement industry of Ukraine.

According to the Association, the price of cement in the domestic market of Belarus significantly exceeds the price of the Belarusian import to Ukraine, which is evidence of unfair competition in the form of dumping and trimming prices of Ukrainian producers.

As reported earlier P. Kachur in an interview with “Interfax-Ukraine” noted that in 2017, the relevant certification bodies have issued certificates to Belarusian cement producers without necessarily testing the characteristics of the imported material by an independent laboratory. At the same time, Ukrainian companies are unable to obtain long-term certificates of conformity in Belarus, which creates asymmetry in the issues of mutual recognition of certificates.

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