Belarus is gearing up to advance to the Brazilian machinery market. The first shipment of Belarusian tractors is due to be dispatched in the nearest future. The relevant agreement was reached during a meeting of First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko and Governor of the Brazilian State of Goias Alcides Rodrigues Filho. Vladimir Semashko heads a Belarusian delegation that is in Goias on a visit.
A special working group is set to present the relevant program by May 2010. Belarus is dispatching a trial consignment of tractors in order to adjust them to the working conditions of Brazil. "The process should not be dragged out. We have to conduct the tests by summer and sign a contract by autumn. We may start seasonal deliveries of tractors or establish a joint company, which is more likely," Vladimir Semashko said. He added that this market is a very promising one, as Brazil needs about 40,000-45,000 tractors annually.
"Brazil is a very rich country in terms of resources. It is vitally important for Brazil to have advanced open-pit and mining machinery. This machinery is produced by BelAZ, the world’s leading machinery manufacturer that accounts for more than 30% of the world machinery market. We have agreed to apply the scheme used by MTZ. By the end of 2010 we have to address this issue in order to enter this promising market," Vladimir Semashko said.
The sides have also discussed the supplies of other Belarus-made machinery. Brazil is interested in the products of the Belarusian bearings plant. The Belshina products are also sold on Brazilian market. The sides have reached an agreement that the relevant contracts will be concluded in a month and the export of Belarusian tires will increase to $54 million (in 2008 the tire export was $24 million and it dwindled to $2 million in 2009).
Vladimir Semashko said that Brazil needs modern machinery for the dynamic development of agriculture on vast territories. The State of Goias alone produces 15 million tonnes of grain (compared with 9 million in Belarus), and 22 million head of cattle (6 million) annually. "Brazil has the machinery from all leading manufacturers. We are falling behind here as MTZ products are not present on this market," said Vladimir Semashko, noting that MTZ machinery is sold in more than 85 countries.
Brazil is the major purchaser of Belarusian potash fertilizers. In 2008 Belarus exported almost 2 million tonnes of potash fertilizers to Brazil. Affected by crisis, the export fell down to 1.2 million tonnes in 2009. This year the sides have already signed contracts on deliveries of 2.1 million tonnes that is 35% of Brazilian market. Vladimir Semashko said that the volume of deliveries will grow but the two countries have to work out better schemes, including the terms of payment.
Belarus, in turn, has its own interest. Brazil is one of the leading economies and an industrially developed country. That is why Belarus is interested in purchasing Brazilian industrial products. Belarus also intends to import Brazilian soybean meal, which will help Belarus to avoid the mediators.
Source: The National Legal Internet Portal of the Republic of Belarus
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