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Kosovo introduces new barriers to trade with Serbia

Kosovo's government introduced new reciprocal barriers on the import of Serbian industrial and agricultural goods, requiring all paperwork accompanying goods to explicitly name Kosovo as their destination. 

Kosovo’s government introduced new reciprocal barriers on the import of Serbian industrial and agricultural goods, requiring all paperwork accompanying goods to explicitly name Kosovo as their destination.

Also, all transport vehicles from Serbia will require a special permit to enter Kosovo, according to a report in news site gazetaexpress.com on Sunday citing a government decree from Saturday.

Serbia refuses to recognise the independence of Kosovo which it considers a breakaway province.

Kosovan border guards reportedly stopped a Serbian truck from entering the country on Sunday because of the new regulations, according to a report by Serbian television channel RTS.

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic called the new measures wholly unacceptable, adding that this would not force Serbia to recognise Kosovo as a state.

Earlier this year, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti lifted the 100-per-cent tax on imports from Serbia, saying he expected reciprocity. Serbia continues to stop vehicles with Kosovan license plates from entering the country.

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