In June, Ukraine for the first time exported ferrous scrap to Belarus.
According to Ukrmetallurgprom president Aleksander Kalenkov, BMZ was probably the customer.
Even though the export volumes to Belarus are small, they are symbolic nevertheless.
“Turkey and Transnistria are traditional buyers of Ukrainian scrap. With the latter being a Russian enclave receiving energy resources from Russia at non-market prices. Thus, Transnistrian metal companies can buy scrap in Ukraine at any price. The Belarusian industry is also subsidized by cheap energy resources from Russia. Thus, there is a threat that Belarus would take strategic raw materials, which is scrap, from Ukrainian metal companies”, he said.
Kalenkov believes that export of scrap to Belarus is a bad industrial policy for Ukraine, especially under the current complex political relations between Kyiv and Minsk. (Ukrainian metal)