August 29, 2011
Most of meat producers in Montenegro see the
blocked movement of Serbian goods to Kosovo as an opportunity to penetrate
that market, while some of them believe that it will have a short-term
positive effect, report MINA.
Mesopromet of Bijelo Polje plans to export to the Kosovo market and,
according to the company's marketing manager Ermin Franca, it is already
negotiating with several different distributers.
Dragan Martinovic of Martex says that the company is currently not exporting
to Kosovo, adding that the beginning of cooperation with the Kosovo-based
distributers is expected in October.
Pantomarket also does not export to Kosovo because of a reduced output, but
the founder of the company Panto Vucurovic believes that Kosovo's embargo on
Serbia is an excellent opportunity for other producers.
The Goranovic meat industry has been exporting its products to the Kosovo
market for a long time.
Director of the company Djordjije Goranovic expects that the current
situation will result in long-term positive effects for the Montenegrin
producers. In his opinion, competitiveness should be the main business
principle of the Montenegrin producers.
"I am not in favour of these kinds of embargos becoming an important element
affecting the sale of products of a certain producer," Goranovic explained.
According to him, the producers should be competitive in order to be able to
sell their products in the neighbouring markets regardless of the
Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce (PKCG) Ljiljana Filiovic told
Mina-business agency that the embargo could result in a successful operation
of Montenegrin producers in the Kosovo market.
"In an open market and amid strong competition of the producers from all
over the world, the Kosovo buyers will decide what is best for them,"
According to PKCG, the commodity exchange with Kosovo has seen a steady
growth, and it was worth €19.4 million last year, up nearly 11 percent on
the year before.
Montenegro's export to Kosovo was worth €18.1 million last year, up 11
percent on the year before, while the total import from Kosovo amounted to
€1.3 million, up 9.1 percent year-on-year.
"The same trend continued this year," Filipovic added.
A dispute between Belgrade and Pristina has recently blocked the movement of
Serbian goods to Kosovo, which created an opportunity for many countries in
the region to increase their export to that market.