Serbia allows wheat, maize exports to North Macedonia

Serbia will will resume exports of maize and wheat to North Macedonia, the Serbian government said, partially relieving its ban on exports of basic foodstuffs caused by the war in Ukraine.

Serbian wheat and maize exporters that have contracts with companies in North Macedonia will be allowed to fulfil their contractual obligations, the government said in a statement on Thursday.

“This will not disturb the functioning of the domestic agri-food sector, nor will it endanger the food security of the population, but will contribute to building trust and maintaining good trade relations in the region,” the government said.

Serbia banned exports of vegetable oil, maize, wheat, and flour in early March in a move to ensure stable prices and avert potential shortages caused by disruption of supply channels as a result of the war in Ukraine.

On March 22, North Macedonia’s agriculture ministry announced Serbia will resume exports of wheat, maize, flour and edible oil to its southern neighbor in the following ten days.

Apart from sales to North Macedonia, Serbia has allowed limited exports of basic foodstuffs to Albania, Montenegro, and Italy.

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