Agriculture is the sector that is expected to highly benefit from SAAPrishtina, 7 December 2015 - In the light of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA), Kosovo has managed to negotiate the exemption from customs duties for the export of almost all agricultural products in the country, in the market of 28 EU countries.
The EU will lift customs duties on the export of almost all agricultural and fish products of Kosovo from the entry into force of the SAA, which was signed between Kosovo and the EU and it was ratified by the Assembly of Kosovo . "There are around 2 thousand and 560 agricultural products which Republic of Kosovo could export to the EU without customs duty from the entry into force of the agreement", stated Minister of European Integration, Bekim Çollaku.
According to him, with the agreement, Kosovo has managed to secure an increase of quota for export of wine to the EU countries from 20 thousand to 50 thousand hectolitre hectolitre or 5 million litres per year. Another positive fact for the wine export, is that this quota from now on is guaranteed, which earlier could change at any time.
Similarly, for the calf meat and fish of carp and trout species of Kosovo, EU stated that it has offered preferential treatment within the specified quota.
Whereas for a number of products it will continue to have customs duty which will be gradually lifted within 5, 7 or 10 years in order to protect the local producers and farmers.
Minister Çollaku considers that this agreement besides the positive sides regarding the trade liberalization will also have positive effects in increasing the quality and safety of products as well as in protection and authenticity of local products.
With SAA, Kosovo will benefit from cooperation with the EU through technical expertise and financial support in development of agriculture and agro-industry towards modernization of the sector, improvement of rural, forestry and irrigation management as well as towards achieving the sanitary standards of EU.