SERBIA

Logistic and forwarding services in Serbia

Serbia

Capital City
Belgrade

Population
7,5 Mio.

National languages
Serbian, Albanian, Hungarian, Bosnian, other

Currency
Serbian Dinar

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 46.11 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 10’700

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 152 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 65 Mio.

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Bilateral relations Switzerland–Serbia

Bilateral relations between Switzerland and Serbia are dynamic, varied and well developed, characterised by meaningful human and cultural ties and a wide range of bilateral agreements in many areas as well as good cooperation in the multilateral organisations.

Economic cooperation

Economic cooperation includes annual government level meetings in the form of mixed economic commissions and forums, making it possible to establish priorities, discuss any difficulties and develop opportunities for investment.
There is potential in trade relations, which have suffered from the economic crisis, and the same can be said for Swiss direct investment in Serbia, which remains an attractive market for the Swiss companies present.

 

Business language

German, English, French

 

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

1 Serbian Dinar (Din.) = 100 Para.

ISO code: RSD

The Euro is used as currency in Kosovo.

ISO code: EUR

 

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

Import is broadly liberalised. Licences are required for goods such as waste, toxic substances, pesticides, fertilisers, seeds, telecommunications, raw materials for medicinal product production and weapons.

In accordance with standard SRPS ISO/IEC 15421, selected groups of products such as medicinal products and medical accessories must have a EAN/UPC code.

Standard VAT rate: 18%

Terms of payment and tenders

Requesting payment in advance for deliveries is recommended, or the provision of an irrevocable letter of credit confirmed by an internationally renowned bank. Where possible, check creditworthiness with Serbian chambers of commerce. Strive for reservation of title. Cash payments for commercial business are prohibited. Invoices in EUR. There are options for cover for short-term business up to a maximum term of 360 days.

 

Marking/labelling

Standard marking with an indication of the country of origin.

There are special labelling regulations for medications and foods.

Packaging

No special regulations are known. A phytosanitary control is carried out on the border if hay and straw are used as packaging materials.

Use of the IPPC standard ISPM no. 15.

Product samples

Samples with no retail value are duty free. Carnet-ATA procedure possible.

 

Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard, and for freight shipments (rail, lorry, ship)

a) Commercial invoices, 3 copies, signed and with all standard information, uncertified.

b) Certificates of origin, 2 copies, where requested by the Certification if required by the importer.

As the origin, indicate “Swiss” in the case of Swiss goods, or “European Union” for goods originating from UE.

c) Bills of lading uncertified.

d) Rail shipments: 1 international consignment note Postal shipments up to a maximum of 20 kg: 1 international dispatch note, 3 customs declarations in English/French.

f) Movement certificate EUR. 1 or UE: evidence of preferential origin for goods which come under the “regulation on origin” agreed under the interim agreement between the EC and the Republic of Serbia is to be provided as follows: value above EUR 6.000 (1 copy). The movement certificate is issued by the customs office. For shipments of a value of up to EUR 6.000, designations of origin are to be included on the invoice declaration (or another commercial document): “The exporter of the goods to which this commercial document refers states that these goods, unless otherwise indicated, are … of preferential origin” place and date, signature of the exporter and name of the signatory in block capitals (originating products from Ceuta and Melilla are to be clearly labelled with the abbreviation “CM”). Note: in the case of Exporters Authorised authorisation, designations of origin can also be indicated in the invoice declaration when the goods have a value of more than EUR 6,000.