From January to March 2021, inclusive, port operators in the seaports of Ukraine handled 32.6 million tons of cargo, which is 8.44 million tons or 20.5% less than in the first quarter of the previous year.
According to the press service of the Ukraine Sea Ports Authority (USPA), the seaports are gradually reducing the negative dynamics.
Thus, according to the USPA, in the first quarter, most of the ports handled ores and grain cargo – 9 million tons (-12.1%) and 8.6 million tons (-36.9%), respectively.
At the same time, oil transshipment for the three months of this year increased by 21.1% and amounted to 619 thousand tons.
At the end of the reporting period, the transshipment of export cargo amounted to 25.3 million tons (-20.1% compared to the same period in 2020), transshipment of import cargo amounted to 4.9 million tons (-19.9%), transshipment of transit cargo amounted to 2.1 million tons (-25.1%), transshipment of coastal cargo amounted to 233.8 thousand tons (-35.1%).
Also in the first quarter of this year, 253,170 TEU containers were handled. This is 4.6% less than in the same period in 2020.
According to the dispatch service of the USPA, as of 08:00 AM of April 6, the ports are working without restrictions. Channels: KMK, BDLK, Bystroe mouth are open.
It worth recalling that in January of this year, due to the termination by the Russian company Metalloinvest of ore supplies from the Mikhailovsky mining and processing plant (Zheleznogorsk, Kursk region) through the port of Pivdenny, the transit of ore through Ukrainian ports, compared to the same period in 2020, fell by almost 16 times and amounted to 343.75 thousand tons.
In 2020, Belarusian meat processors managed to increase the production of sausages and smoked meats due to the growth of domestic demand amid the coronavirus epidemic, as well as due to the favorable conjuncture of the Russian market.
2020 not only did not solve the problems of Belarus, but also added new ones. So, the expectations that next year it will be possible to get significant benefits due to lower energy prices, were not satisfied: the gas price remains at the level of 2020, and the oil price will even increase due to the tax maneuver in Russia. The question of the timing of the receipt of the second part of the Russian loan funds remains unresolved.
The US Congress approved the 2020 Bill of Belarusian Democracy, Human Rights and Sovereignty.
In January-September 2020, the GDP of Belarus amounted to BYN 106.6 billion, or in comparable prices 98.7% over the same period in 2019. In addition to the coronavirus epidemic and two currency crises, the main impact on the economic decline was made by the decrease in turnover in the petrochemistry and mechanical engineering.
Among other obvious factors, the protests in Belarus were the result of global changes in the economy. The old model, the tangible industrial one, is more and more moving aside, and it is being replaced by a new, information technology model generally known as postindustrial.