Serbian fruit exporters face Russian embargo for selling on Polish apples

Rasim Lajic, Minister of Foreign and Domestic Trade and Telecoms Serbia

Rasim Lajic, Minister of Foreign and Domestic Trade and Telecoms Serbia

Serbian fruit exporters: Russia’s food safety watchdog today said that it was considering banning all fruit imports from its non-EU Balkan ally on suspicion of trying to pass off Polish apples as its own. Although a spokesman from Serbia’s Ministry of Trade said that they had no evidence to corroborate the Russian claim, Trade Minister Rasim Lajic told Vecernje Novosti that the government would be launching an urgent investigation. “We cannot allow one or two exporters to jeopardise the free-trade agreement with Russia,” he said. According to data obtained from Serbia’s Chamber of Commerce, Serbian apple exports to Russia have grown by 48% since the imposition of the food import ban.