Sharp Drop in Food Trade Between Bulgaria and Macedonia

Bulgaria has imported nearly 7.5 million kilos less food from Macedonia in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016, as revealed by a survey from Agrozona. A total of 12,974,392 kilos of food entered the country in the first three months of 2016, whereas this year this figure has reached just 5,488,708 kilos. The most significant decline was recorded by fruits and vegetables. If last year Macedonia imported 3.9 million kilos of vegetables in the first quarter, this year the figure stands at 1.4 million kilos. For fruit, the volume last year reached 7.1 million kilos, compared to 3.3 million kilos in 2017.
Even greater is the drop in Bulgaria’s exports to Macedonia. In the first three months of last year, the country shipped 13,857,483 kilos of food, while this figure stands at just 4,711,597 kilos in 2017.

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