Fresh and frozen U.S. pork recently became eligible for export to Macedonia. Previously, only U.S. poultry was eligible for Macedonia. The market remains closed to U.S. beef.
Located on the Balkan Peninsula, Macedonia is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. Though it has a population of just over 2 million, Macedonia imports a considerable volume of pork from the European Union. Last year the EU reported 9,459 metric tons (mt) of pork exports to Macedonia, valued at $26 million. Canada has been Macedonia’s other main pork supplier in recent years, although exports in 2014 were just 1,353 mt (down 72 percent year-over-year), valued at $3.6 million.
While Macedonia has been a candidate for EU membership for some time, it has not yet entered formal accession negotiations with the EU and hasn’t adopted EU requirements for imported meat.