Serbian Trade Minister Rasim Ljajic said on Wednesday that Serbian goods are available across Kosovo because they are being brought in through alternative routes.
He told the Serbian state TV (RTS) that Serbian goods are available in shops in the north and south of Kosovo and recalled that Serbian officials warned of the appearance of a black market when Pristina imposed 100 percent tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
“We have a situation in which our wheat is goes to Croatia and is transported and sold in Kosovo as Croatian wheat. Some goods are sold to business people in Macedonia before being re-exported to Kosovo,” the minister said.
Ljajic said that some 90 million Euros less worth of Serbian goods were exported to Kosovo than in the same period a year earlier because of the tariffs.
He warned that Serbian businesses would loose the Kosovo market if the tariffs remain in place. “We have seen businesses from Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Albania and Macedonia step in offering their products as an alternative,” he said.