The representative of the Belorussian embassy explained that products re-exported through Belarus to the Russian market is an issue of logistics. He said that for some countries it is cheaper and more profitable logistical solution to ship through Belarus than through other routes.
“Suppliers simply decided to direct their goods destined for Russia by way of Belarus,” he said. “For them, these logistics are profitable and convenient. Later it was the media that got up and joked: 'look, kiwis grow in Belarus'."
Belarus' official position on the issue of re-export is that the struggle with illegal supplies is one of the country's duties as a friendly country to the Russian state and as a member of the East Asian Economic Commission.
Other than announcements of exotic fruits appearing out of Belarus, mass media quoted Alexey Bogdanov, chief of the foreign trade office of Belarus' Ministry of Agriculture and Food, regarding measures for tightening border control which he described was swordplay between the two countries over the issue of re-export.
Bogdanov also said that on December 1 there was a meeting between representatives of the agriculture ministry of both countries during which there were a number of arrangements, one of them being to jointly strengthen control at the border.
“We agreed that we will work together in a strengthened stance, and we will not allow products under phytosanitary and veterinary control to illegally cross the border and enter the country,” Bogdanov said.
FruitNews article (Russian): http://www.fruitnews.ru/home-page/fruits/45102-belorussiya-otvetila-na-novye-obvineniya-rossii-v-dopushchenii-kontrabandy.html
Source: http://www.tks.ru/news/nearby/2015/12/01/0011?utm_source=email, http://ria.ru/world/20151202/1334215675.html