Kosovo Government passed a decision on introducing 100 percent customs duties for products imported from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj confirmed on Wednesday.
The tariffs were adopted at the proposal of Trade Minister Endrit Shala with an aim to strengthen the domestic production, statehood and economy of Kosovo, the decision said.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Haradinaj said the new measures referred to all products from Bosnia and Serbia except the international brands based in these countries.
“Also, the state government obliges the Ministry of Trade and Industry as well as all other relevant institutions to stop the import and potential access to the market for all products that are not mentioned and are contrary to the official and constitutional label of the Republic of Kosovo. The decision is effective immediately,” Haradinaj wrote on his Facebook profile.
Earlier this month Kosovo authorities introduced 10 percent tariffs on Bosnian and Serbian products, labelling these measures as “protective.” This triggered a series of reactions amongst Serbian and Bosnian officials who condemned the decision.