Bosnia imposes stringent rules on meat import from Croatia


Dozens of Croatian meat processing companies cannot export their products to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and this ban has been in place since 1 July, when Croatia entered the European Union, as they fail to meet EU standards, Bosnia and Herzegovina's Minister of Foreign Trade Mirko Sarovic has stated.

According to an article which the Banja Luka-based daily "Nezavisne Novine" carried on Wednesday, the Bosnian foreign trade ministry has decided to bar any Croatian meat processing company that does not meet EU standards from delivering its products on the Bosnian market, as a reciprocal measure, given that Bosnian butcher shops and meat processing plants are also required to meet EU standards in order to be allowed to export their products to Croatia.

A final list of Croatian companies that no longer can export to Bosnia has not yet been compiled and cannot still be officially published, the minister said.

He explained that this mainly referred to big slaughterhouses that fulfilled the standards, as laid down in the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) which Croatia automatically left with its admission to the EU.

The local daily reports the as many as 53 Croatian companies are subject to the ban.

In 2012, all meat imports into Bosnia were threefold higher than its meat exports, and meat imports from Croatia, valued at EUR 110 million, made up the lion's share of the import of that kind of food.