Belarus - Foreign trade

Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Belarus exported about 40% of its industrial output to other Soviet republics and imported 90% of its primary energy and 70% of its raw materials from them. Belarus has remained exceedingly dependant on Russia for economic support; a proposed EU-style partnership between the two nations threatens its economic independence.

In 2000, Belarus exported machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, petroleum products, and manufactured goods. Imports included fuel, natural gas, industrial raw materials, textiles, and sugar. Belarus' major trading partners are Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Germany. Imports and exports grew at an annual pace of over 61% in 1995. Principal trading partners in 2000 (in millions of US dollars) were as follows:


Russia 3,716 5,550 -1,834
Ukraine 560 341 219
Latvia 467 30 437
Lithuania 349 69 280
Poland 277 216 -61
Germany 232 588 -356
Estonia 147 n.a.
China (inc. Hong Kong) 136 47 89
Netherlands 130 80 50
United States 99 139 -40
Italy 76 163 -87
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