Kosovo Imports & Export of Fresh fruits and Vegetables, 2004

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This document presents an analysis by SPHPK of import and export data of fresh fruit and vegetables in Kosovo in 2004 collected by the Kosovo Customs Service and channelled through MAFRD.

The products covered in this analysis are those that could be produced in Kosovo and comprise - for fruit: watermelons, melons, apples, pears, nectarines, peaches and strawberries, and, for vegetables: tomatoes, onions, leeks, cabbage1, carrots and peppers.

This analysis does not include any estimation of the degree of penetration of the Kosovo market by imports.

2004 was the first year of the implementation of the new customs codes. The codes at times appear unclear and have probably led to the recording of more than one product under the same code. Cases observed include cabbages and lettuce under the same code while a large proportion of the onions imported appear to have been recorded as onion sets.

The declared value of the imports seems suspiciously low – apples, for instance imported during the off season  had an average declared value of just 20 cents per kilo – probably only half of their real value. Conclusions and recommendations, therefore, are based on the tonnage imported and not on the declared value.

Authors: 
Swiss Project for Horticulture Promotion in Kosovo (SPHPK)
Publisher: 
Swiss Project for Horticulture Promotion in Kosovo (SPHPK)
Year: 
2004