The Lithuanian government has decided to annul the agreement between the Belarusian manufacturer Belaruskali and the state enterprise Lithuanian Railways (LZhD) on the transit of fertilizers through the port of Klaipeda as of February 1.
Belaruskali produces every fifth ton of potash fertilizers in the world. Its products are supplied to more than 130 countries around the world. The largest consumers are Brazil, China and India. About 5% of products go to the United States and about 3% to Norway, where its customer Yara announced that it would end purchases by April 1.
In total, about 11 million tons of potassium chloride per year were exported through Lithuania, that is, more than 90% of everything Belaruskali produces.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday that if the transit of fertilizers is closed, he will block the possibility of any Lithuanian supplies.
“No cargo will be loaded, we will load all Russian and Belarusian cargo in Russian ports,” Lukashenka said during a message to the Belarusian people and parliament.
Recall that on January 12, the Lithuanian government decided to cancel the agreement on the transit of Belarusian fertilizers from February 1 in the light of the sanctions imposed on December 8 by the United States against OJSC "Belaruskali".