Trading Partner Portal: Belarus
The Republic of Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe border by Russia to the Northeast, Ukraine to the South, Poland to the West, and Lithuania and Latvia to the Northwest. The population of Belarus is almost 9.5 million. Over 40% of the country is forested. Belarus’ major economic sectors are service industries and manufacturing. Belarus declared independence in 1991, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Belarus is a member of the United Nations and the Eurasian Economic Union. The country is not apart of the EU, however it does maintain a bilateral relationship with the organization.
Diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Belarus were established just over 25 years ago. The U.S. has provided nearly $250 million of assistance to Belarus since 1991 to support the development of a more democratic society and a more prosperous economy. Over the years, thousands of Belarusians have come to the United States on academic and professional exchange programs.
The U.S. exported $72.68 million worth of goods to Belarus in 2017. Top exports were electrical equipment, appliances, and components (22.7%), computer and electronic products (17.7%), machinery, except electrical (15.9%), and food manufactures (10.7%). Imports from Belarus to the U.S. totaled $277.8 million in 2017. This was mostly made up of chemicals, petroleum and coal products, and a jump in primary metal manufactures which made up $53.9 million up from nothing the previous two years. The U.S. is one of the leading investors in Belarus. In 2017, U.S. foreign investment to Belarus made up $66.7 million.
According to the U.S. BEA, Belarus invested $3 million into the U.S. in 2017.
California exported $4.97 million worth of goods to Belarus in 2017. Computer and electronic products made up over 50% of the total, followed by miscellaneous manufactured commodities, machinery except electrical, and transportation equipment. California imported $10.2 million worth of goods to Belarus in 2017, just over 40% of the total was primary metal manufactures, followed by textiles and fabrics and furniture and fixtures.
U.S.-Belarus Economic Cooperation, Belarus Embassy in the United States, February 2018
Trade Agreements and Issues
On February 15, 2018 Susanne Stirling, Vice President of International AFfairs at the CalChamber, met with Dr. Florin Ciuriuc a Sacramento Slavic-American Community Leader. Dr. Ciuriuc is the Executive Director of the Slavic Community Center in Sacramento and a Human Rights Advocate. Dr. Ciuriuc is set to become the Honorary Consul of Belarus in Sacramento.
He can be contacted at email@example.com.