Macedonia and Serbia to settle 'flour export issue' on Friday

Macedonia and Serbia to settle 'flour export issue' on Friday
Officials of Serbia and Macedonia will convene in Skopje on Friday to address the problem with export of Serbian flour to Macedonia.

Serbia's Deputy PM and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic said Tuesday he had been informed by Macedonia's Agriculture Minister Ljupco Nikolovski that the rulebook would undergo changes.

"A meeting has been scheduled on Friday in Skopje, and I hope we will manage to find some kind of solution, which will be first and foremost in the interest of the businessmen in the countries," stated Ljajic.

Serbia, he added, wants to avoid taking counter-measures, because they can harm, most of all, our overall economic ties.

Recently, the Macedonian government has amended the procedure for import of goods and the method for issuing control labels.

On Saturday, a Novi Sad-based business association of industrial millers and bakeries accused the authorities in Macedonia of making  flour import from Serbia to Macedonia 'nearly unprofitable' under the recent measures.

Macedonia is Serbia's third market for exporting goods, where Serbian manufactures promote some 30,000-40,000 tons of flour annually.

The 'flour export issue' between Serbia and Macedonia is recurring every year in September before being settled by the agriculture ministries

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