Macedonian companies suspected of re-exporting goods to Russia

Macedonian companies suspected of re-exporting goods to Russia

Skopje, November 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Government of Skopje has ordered an inquiry in order to find out if a company from FYR Macedonia is involved in re-exporting agricultural products from EU countries to Russia.

Minister of Economy, Bekim Neziri says that if these suspicions are confirmed, all companies involved will face heavy penalties.

“Part of this investigation for violation of Russian embargo with the re-export of European agricultural products through Macedonia will also be Customs, Ministry of Interior, Agricultural Inspectorate and Agency of Food and Veterinary. An inquiry will also take place in Russia about European products that end up there through Macedonia, thus violating the embargo for the import of food products from the EU”, said minister Neziri.

Authorities from the Ministry of Agriculture have also launched their inspections on the field.

FYROM must prove that fruits and vegetables exporting to Russia originate from the country. Due to such suspicions, FYROM may be forbidden to export food products in the Russian market. The general volume of trade between FYROM and Russia in the first half of 2014 amounted to 74.7 million USD. Compared to the same period a year ago, the volume of general trade has gone down by 65.3 million USD. Exports mainly consist on wine, grape and vegetables. /ibna/