A 60-container train with complex fertilizers from the Gomel Chemical Plant left Gomel for China on May 31, BelTA reports. The train will follow the route Centrolit (Belarus) - Xiangojiang (China) through the territory of Belarus and Russia through the border checkpoint "Zabaikalsk - Manchuria". The train will be on the road for two weeks. During this time, it will have to overcome a path of more than 7 thousand km.
"Today is a significant day - we are sending the fifth train from the Gomel region with export cargo to the People's Republic of China and, for the first time in the history of the region, a train with fertilizers from the Gomel Chemical Plant," said Roman Shorokhov, Deputy Director of the Gomel branch of RUE Beltamozhservice.
According to him, this is the most important project implemented together with the republican freight forwarding subsidiary unitary enterprise Gomelzheldortrans and other companies to develop the region and its export potential.
The Deputy Director added that in the future, there is an intention to organize a container storage hub on the basis of the Gomelzheldortrans site - the official forwarder of the Belarusian Railway.
"This train (which went to China today. – noted by BELTA) is the first swallow that flies to China with fertilizers, and we hope that it will bring an import train not only with goods from China that will be able to meet the demand of enterprises in the Gomel region," Roman Shorokhov said.
The list of possible goods imported to Belarus is still being worked out. "Logistics is a complex discipline. And if the train goes back and forth with cargo, logistics becomes cheaper and, respectively, goods for our enterprises and individuals eventually become cheaper as well," the deputy director stressed.
"In September of 2022, we tried to ship a trial batch to our Chinese partners. Two containers successfully left the country. And today we are already shipping 60 containers of nitrogen-phosphorus-potash fertilizers. We are ready for further cooperation. We are ready to ship two of such container trains every month," Irina Lapitskaya, Acting Deputy Director for Commercial Affairs of the Gomel Chemical Plant, added.
Zhu Jia Hui, a representative of the Qingdao "Agate" company, said that the company has been successfully engaged in imported fertilizers on the Chinese market for more than 10 years.
"Thanks to the friendly relations between Belarus and China, our company has successfully completed the purchase and shipment," he noted.
After the arrival of the train Gomel fertilizers will be sent throughout China and will be used by farmers and countryman to grow corn, soybeans, rice, vegetables, and fruits.
According to the company's representative, demand in the Chinese market will continue to be studied to determine procurement plans in the future. He thanked the Gomel Chemical Plant, Beltamozhservice for cooperation and mutual assistance.
"We will overcome any difficulties. I hope that more Belarusian products will appear on the Chinese market, especially from the Gomel region. Hopefully that would not only be fertilizers, but also dairy, meat and other products," he summed up.
КAs it was noted, this project has become one of the steps of the "One Belt, One Road" initiative.