Serbia to export fruits and vegetables to the EU duty-free for next 5 years

Serbian fruit and vegetable producers and exporters and those from other Western Balkan countries, sell their goods customs-duty-free to the clients in the European Union for another five years, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia has announced.

The EU’s decision on the Autonomous Trade Measures (ATM), whereby the current trade benefits for the export of products not covered by the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) and those for which the SAA stipulations are less favourable, will be in force until the end of 2025.

This has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The decision, which is renewed every five years, at the proposition of the European Commission, was adopted by the European Parliament and confirmed by the Council of the EU.

“A more favourable trade regime, the extension of which, in communication with the institutions in Brussels, is also advocated by the regional joint chamber of commerce, is especially important for small and medium-sized enterprises, i.e. producers and exporters of fruit and vegetables. The decision to extend the duty-free export will save several dozen million euro will give the fruit and vegetable exporters an advantage over the competition, the opportunity for increased export and income and better positioning on the EU market,” stated Marko Cadez, the president of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and the Western Balkans Chamber Investment Forum.

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In addition to apples, plums and sweet corn, over the next five years, the products that can be exported customs-free from the Western Balkans to the EU include, among others, potatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, grapes, apricots, cherries, sour cherries, nectarines, peaches, strawberries, nuts, melons and various citrus fruits.

According to the ATM, the possibility of exporting an additional 30,000 hectoliters a year is extended for the wine producers from the region, after the quotas that the EU has approved for the Western Balkans economies individually, in line with the bilateral agreements, are used up.

(eKapija, 21.12.2020)



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