Belarus imported one million tons of oil from Venezuela in May-September 2010. Supply price averaged $645 per ton, the National Statistics Committee of Belarus reported. According to the plan of the Belarusian authorities, Belarus is to get four million tons of Venezuelan oil until May 2011.
At the same time, oil imports from Russia dropped to 41.9% and amounted to 9.4 million tons in January — September compared with the same period last year. The average price of Russian crude oil increased by 29.1% to $402 per ton, AFN.
However, according to the decree of the Ministry of Economy of Belarus № 157 of November 1, 2010, there will be a 2.5% increase of the tariff for oil transit through pipelines, located in Belarus. The rate will make $1.64 per ton of petroleum per 100 kilometers since January 1, 2011.
According to Telegraf, First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko said on November 2 that Belarus planed to increase tariffs on Russian natural gas transit across the Belarusian territory in 2012. «This year, the gas transit tariff is $1.88, next year it’s going to be $2 under the agreement, which is 6% extra, and we’ll continue to argue,» the first deputy prime minister said.