Since the last BSCC newsletter, the Chamber wrote identical letters to the UK Secretary of State for international Trade and the Serbian Prime Minister and the Serbian Ministries of Trade & Foreign Affairs expressing our concern about the continuing lack of a Continuity Trade Agreement (CTA). Copies of both letters can be seen below,
We are continuing to see further damage to UK/Serbian trade. As far as we understand, the delay is caused by issues that are unrelated to bilateral trade. The BSCC strongly believes that a trade agreement should not be held up by other issues and urge both governments to agree as soon as possible so as not to cause any more damage to bilateral trade. We are working closely with both the Serbian and British Chambers of Commerce (PKS and BCC) and will continue to press this issue.
As these circumstances are damaging members and other Serbian and foreign owned exporters and importers, we are planning an opportunity to discuss the problems (and to provide suggestions for mitigation where possible), probably as a webinar with a mixture of Serbian, British and international experts. More details follow shortly. In the meantime, please continue to contact us with details as the more information that we have, the stronger the case that we can make to both governments. Please contact Richard Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.