Today, the Government of Serbia approved monthly quotas for the export of 150,000 tons of wheat and corn, 20,000 tons of flour and eight million liters of refined sunflower oil.
Upon request, it will be possible to request approval for export of a maximum of 20 percent of the approved quantities per product group on a monthly basis. In case the exporters do not export or exceed the approved quantities, they will not be able to submit a request for export next month.
Applications can be submitted from the 20th to the 25th of the current month for the following month, while applications for May will be able to be submitted from the 22nd to the 28th of April.
The association “Zita Srbije” requested a monthly quota of 350,000 tons for wheat and corn for all destinations, exclusively for contracts signed by March 9 this year, before the export ban, and exclusively for the old crop.
The second request was that the quota for the export of sunflower oil, refined and unrefined, be determined by the Ministry of Agriculture, and it would include all contracts of the Association and the quantities that the oil producers delivered through their association.
Among the demands is that the export of wheat flour and groats and corn bites be free.
The association also demanded the abolition of customs duties on the import of wheat and corn for an indefinite period of time.
The owner of the MB Komerc mill in Batajnica, Milorad Batalo, told Beta that 10,000-12,000 tons of flour were placed on the foreign market from Serbia before the export ban, and that the current approved quota would be acceptable, but he assumed that demand would be higher now.
Permitted export of flour at the request of 20 percent of the quota of 20,000 tons would mean that my mill can export 4,000 tons per month, which is too much for one mill. My mill could export from 1,000 to 1,500 tons per month, and is one of the largest, which means that we will be able to get rid of the surplus of that product that took up our storage space, “said Batalo.