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N. Macedonia, Kosovo scrap barriers on trade in certain foods

N. Macedonia, Kosovo scrap barriers on trade in certain foods Macedonia’s Economy Ministry/All Rights Reserved

SKOPJE (North Macedonia), September 5 (SeeNews) – North Macedonia and Kosovo have removed the recently introduced barriers on certain food exports, North Macedonia’s economy minister Kreshnik Bekteshi said on Thursday.

Kosovo has provided to North Macedonia information on its fish and fish roe monitoring programme in order to guarantee that safety standards are being met, Bekteshi said in a Facebook post.

Kosovo can now export fish and roe to North Macedonia, Bekteshi noted, adding that at the same time he has received a letter from Kosovo officials confirming that they have removed the barriers to the import of honey and potatoes from North Macedonia.

In mid-August, Kosovo decided to ban imports of honey and potatoes from North Macedonia after the government in Skopje introduced customs duties on imports of fish and roe from Kosovo in June.

Bekteshi has said that the tariff on fish and roe concerns their imports not only from Kosovo, but from all countries that have not implemented monitoring standards and cannot provide guarantees on the safety of these products.

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