Serbia exports shockingly little meat

Serbia has been exporting less and less meat year-on-year. In the mid-1980s, Serbia exported almost 20,000 tons of baby beef annually while today that quantity is 20 times less. This year, our country exported only 1,130 tons of beef with 450 tons going to the EU and the rest to the CEFTA countries. The value of this export was $4.5 million. Last year was no better either. Serbia exported 1,350 tons of beef valued at $5.8 million.

According to Nenad Budimovic from the Serbian Chamber of Commerce these results are abysmal and our country should really look into exporting more beef.

“Serbia is not competitive price-wise and we don’t have enough fattened heads of cattle. We should focus on producing baby beef which is to quality meat that should not be frozen and has premium price because of that. Since the beginning of this year, we imported around 790 tons of beef from the EU, valued at $3.4 million. Last year, the import was 1,370 tons”, Budimovic explains.

The data collated by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce shows that, in 2015 alone, Serbia imported 20,100 tons of pork ($46.6 million). We mostly imported from Spain, Hungary and Germany. The same year, we exported 12,000 tons of pork valued at $27.7 million. Our pork ended up in Russia, Macedonia and Montenegro.

“The import of pork this year will be much lower because our price is now the same as the one in the EU so our meat companies did not have to pay additional custom clearance costs and transport. Last year, we imported 11,850 tons of poultry from Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Poland and France and exported only 6,000 tons mostly to Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Budimovic says.

The import of milk and dairy products was the same as last year both quantity- and price-wise. Due to huge surplus, the EU processed fresh milk into powder milk and sold most of it to China and South America. Budimovic thinks that this move saved Serbian dairy industry because there was no huge import of milk and dairy products.

(Vecernje Novosti, 09.11.2016)

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