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Serbia to introduce counter-measures over flour issue


As of Wednesday, Serbia will introduce counter-measures towards Macedonia due to the hampered flour import, says Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic.

“We cannot wait anymore. We have not seen readiness on their part to solve the problem,” Ljajic told daily Danas.

Ljajic says he was prepared to come to Skopje on Friday and Monday to discuss the problem’s settlement with representatives of the Macedonian government, but cancelled the visits because there was no concrete proposal from the other side.

The agriculture ministry has told MIA that all options towards overcoming the issue are being reviewed.

Nikolovski said over the weekend that a joint committee is established, which is set to open all issues. The first session scheduled in Nis this month.

The problem emerged after the Macedonian Government adopted a new rulebook on the import of flour in Macedonia, which stipulates the applying of control labels after import and quality checks, not prior to the export to Macedonia.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy says the existing rulebook has been harmonized in order to guarantee the safety and quality of imported flour, as well as make sure that the flour is sold in retail only after it gets a control label.

“The changes refer only to the order of the entire import procedure. A novelty is that control labels will be issued after obtaining the results of the samples regarding the quality and safety of the imported flour,” says the ministry.

The changes do not result in any additional financial costs for importers.

Serbia annually exports 30,000-40,000 tonnes of flour to Macedonia.