Open Balkan initiative to ease agricultural logistics

Agricultural products can now pass between Serbia, Albania and Northern Macedonia without being stopped at the border. With the Open Balkan initiative, the main benefit for agriculture producers from Serbia, Albania, and North Macedonia is that trucks will no longer have to wait at the borders for phytosanitary and veterinary controls.

Since January 3, 2022, trucks with agricultural products from those three countries have been passing the border control points without waiting. A special lane at border crossings for goods from the tree countries will be secured. One example of the agreement’s benefits will be the fact that markets in Serbia, Albania and Northern Macedonia will be supplied for a longer period of time with seasonal fruits and vegetables that ripen earlier in Albania or Northern Macedonia, and later in Serbia.


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