Serbian Government adopts Decree on temporary export ban of soybean, sunflower and sugar beet effective September 7 until December 31, 2012.
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Serbian Imposes Export Ban on Soybean Sunflower and
Serbian Government adopts Decree on temporary export ban of soybean, sunflower and sugar beet
effective September 7 until December 31, 2012. According to the Serbian Government the export ban
is part of a set of measures to ease the impact of the local drought and to protect the domestic market
from price increases.
On September 6, the Ministry of Agriculture adopted a decree providing for the “Temporary limitation
on quantities for export of soybeans, sunflowers and sugar beets”, setting zero export quotas (i.e. a de
facto export ban). According to the Serbian Government this measure is intended to maintain market
stability and protect domestic consumers from food price increases. The ban is expected to help local
processors keep enough quantities of soybeans, sunflowers and sugar beets to help contain price
Serbia annually plants about 165,000 HA of soybeans, 165,000 HA of sunflowers and 65,000 HA of
sugar beets. Average annual production of soybeans and sunflowers is around 400,000 MT each and of
sugar beet is around 3 million MT (production of refined sugar is about 430,000 MT annually). Serbia
exports on average annually about 80,000 MT of soybean oil, 45,000 MT of sunflower oil and 220,000
MT of refined sugar (180,000 MT is shipped to the EU under a duty free quota). The current price for
soybeans on the Novi Sad Commodity Exchange is 70 din/kg ($740/MT), for sunflowers is 55 din/kg
($580/MT) and for sugar is 85 din/kg ($885/MT).
The Serbian Statistical Office is forecasting production declines in all three crops for MY12/13 as a
result of the extreme drought this summer: soybeans (35 percent), sunflowers (25 percent) and sugar
beets (13 percent). These forecast declines are less severe than the Serbian Chamber of Commerce
previously announced: soybeans (50 percent), sunflower (35 percent) and sugar beets (30 percent).