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Serbian industry today represents a diversified mix of focus on agriculturally fruitful land and experience in manufacturing industry. Traditionally based on cooperation with Western European companies some of the key sectors in Serbia are food, wood processing and furniture. An overview of key trade partners of Serbia reflects both its geographical position between east and west as well as the openness to cooperation with all countries. 


Agriculture has traditionally been one of the most important industries of Serbian economy. With the 2.7 billion USD worth export of food and agricultural products in 2011, and a surplus of 1.3 billion USD, Serbia is the biggest exporter of food and agricultural products in the Balkan region. Serbia is a traditional supplier of EU country and Russian Federation with fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, preserved fruit and vegetables, spirits, confectionery products and meat products. Serbia is a global leader in the export of frozen raspberries with 100.3 thousand tons exported in 2011.
Serbia boasts ideal natural conditions for the growing of fruit. Its soil is still one of the cleanest in Europe, while most of the fruit is grown in perfect conditions, hand-picked, carefully stored, and packaged. Additionally, Serbia's diverse climate and ample land resources create unique opportunities for the development of primary vegetable product.
Made-in-Serbia food is present around the globe, from Japan to the US, and is sold under Serbian brands and through world's largest supermarket chains such as Tesco, Lidl, Asda, Spar, Carrefour, Metro, Idea, Leader price, Kopeika, and Rewe. International customers keep increasing orders for Serbian truffles, raspberries, apples, corn, juices, concentrates, purees, jams, frozen and dried fruit and other high-quality produce. 



FTAs with CEFTA, the EU and Russian Federation provide for vast opportunities of customs-free export of office furniture. Made-in-Serbia furniture has a good reputation on the Russian market. This creates many ways in which international companies can cooperate with local ones - either through subcontracting, undertaking a Greenfield or Brownfield investment, or entering a Joint Venture. One of the sub-sectors of the industry with the brightest future is production of massive furniture offering comparative advantages such as: local raw materials, low-priced labor force, energy prices lower than in other European countries, and a strategic geographic position that allows fast shipment. Almost all producers of solid wood furniture are exporting to Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland. Upholstery production is also a strong point for Serbia where Serbian companies dominate the region, especially in Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Albania. Interior design is a sub-sector from which Serbian companies achieve great results in markets such as Montenegro, Greece, and the Russian Federation. 
Forests cover some 2.252.400 hectares (29.1%) of the territory of Serbia. Broad leaves constitute 90% of Serbian forests, while the remaining portion is made up of various conifers. The main tree groups of Serbian natural forests are beech (40%), oak (30%) and other broadleaves. Some 30% of forests are certified by FSC standard, while the rest are undergoing certification. 

2011 Experience

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  • «Каждые 20 минут у нас была встреча с той или иной компанией. Все проходило динамично, четко и результативно – я считаю, это и есть успех мероприятия….»

    Вячеслав Гриценко
    ООО «ТСК», Санкт-Петербург



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    Spanskih boraca 74, New Belgrade



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