HGK Warns Of Difficult Situation In Meat Industry

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ZAGREB, Aug 19, 2020 – The slaughter and red meat processing group in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) on Wednesday warned of the difficult situation in that sector and called for the continued support from the state, noting that it was high time for the industry to be declared a strategic priority for the country.

“The pressure of cheap imports has for years been suffocating Croatia’s slaughterhouse and meat processing industry and the coronavirus crisis has added to the pressure on local companies in that sector, the majority of which, closed their slaughterhouses even before these turbulent times,” the HGK said in a press release.

The president of the group of companies in this sector, Mario Ravlic, underlined that Croatian producers had found themselves in a difficult situation after Croatia joined the EU and fully opened its market to large European systems capable of production with significantly better conditions and that the most recent situation had additionally worsened that.

“The impact of the coronavirus crisis, loss of revenue from the sale of hides, and increased costs of managing by-products has brought the domestic meat processing industry to the very edge. And other challenges that await us could mean the end. In other words, it is high time for this industry to become a strategic state priority,” said Ravlic.

HGK supported its arguments about the poor situation in this industry with foreign trade figures. Prior to joining the EU (2012), Croatia imported around 80,000 tones of various meat and around 10,000 tones of meat products whereas last year it imported 150,000 tonnes of meat and 24,000 tonnes of meat products.

Ravlic called for the state to urgently secure the continuation of state support for this sector.

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