Freight to Serbia


John Shirley direct service to Serbia for full loads with transit time of about 5 days.
Part loads with transit time of 7 – 9 days.


Typical Exports from Serbia include tyres for trucks, forklifts and other vehicles, copper tubes and cables, pressed crystal glassware, ordinary glassware, flatpack buildings and general engineering products. John Shirley freight forwarders have considerable experience in shipping heavy loads, specialist deliveries such as car transporters and large vehicle transporters and fragile loads. Commercial cargo ships to Belgrade, Majdenpek, Bor, Sombor and Subotica. Exports in the past have included large numbers of generators for the Republika Srpska.

John Shirley Ltd can arrange UK-Serbia freight shipments and Serbia-UK shipments. We can also arrange cross-trades to other European destinations.

Serbia trade information: the current status of Serbia

Capital: Belgrade
Currency: Dinar (RSD) (As of August 2015:  £1~168 RSD; €1 ~ 120 RSD)

Serbia is the largest market in the Western Balkans with a population of over 7 million. Whilst political and economic progress was stalled by a series of conflicts and sanctions in the 1990s, the emergence of a democratic political in regime in 2000, has helped spur rapid economic growth and closer ties with the European Union. The Serbian economy grew by annual average of 6% between 2000-2008. In May 2008, a pro-European government came to power, with the primary objective of integrating the country with the European Union. Increased co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTFY) in handing over suspected war criminals has greatly improved relations with the EU. The EU and Serbia signed an Interim Agreement (IA) to liberalise trade with EU member states. While Serbian ascension to the EU will take some years, Serbia intends to eventually harmonise its customs regime with that of the EU. Serbia has also signed a number of Free-Trade Agreements with other countries in the region, including Russia, Turkey, EFTA (Norway, Switzerland, Ireland, Liechtenstein) and is a member of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (includes Albania, Moldova, and all former Yugoslav states, except Slovenia). Serbia is also engaged in negotiations with the WTO and hopes become a member by 2011. 

UK - Serbia trade

Bilateral trade with the UK grew sharply in recent years (UK exports increased by 33% in 2008) but has been affected by the global economic downturn. UK exports to Serbia totalled £135.5m in 2009, while total imports from Serbia were valued at £204.5m. However, significant amounts of trade is routed via third countries are excluded from direct trade statistics. Trade is expected to increase as the global economy recovers in 2010, and Serbia integrates further with the EU. The top UK exports to Serbia include specialised machinery, road vehicles, manufactured goods and office machinery. The UK imports rubber products, iron and steel, non-ferrous metals and Power generating equipment.    

Almost half of all industrial and commercial activity is centred around Belgrade, the capital. Other major centres include Novi Sad, Nis and Kragujevac.  

France - Serbia trade

Tariffs and Duties:

The two-way Interim Trade Agreement (ITA) will progressively reduce trade tariffs of goods to zero over the next several years. Goods imported to Serbia are subjected to customs duty ranging from 0 to 30%. The customs basis is established as the transaction value of imported goods. Other additional taxes and levies such as import VAT, excise duties and customs clearance fees may also apply to certain goods. Preferential rates apply to a wide range of imports covered by particular free-trade agreements. 

Excise duties apply to the import of goods like alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and oil derivatives. Excise duty rates are set in fixed RSD amounts per unit or as a percentage of a specified tax base.

Information sources

Research for trade information regarding our specialist countries was conducted by John Shirley Ltd. This information was compiled to inform potential and actual clients about the recent and current trade situation within the Balkans. With particular emphasis for trade between the Balkans & the United Kingdom, and the Balkans & France; our current main client base for our freight services, attention is paid to goods exported, goods imported, and tariffs. Information is intended as indicative and not conclusive. It was compiled in August 2010.

Sources include UK Trade and Investment, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (HM Government), the French Commerce Department, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Export Organisations, and where applicable, Balkan country government websites such as the Macedonian Trade site.

British Companies: For more information regarding Serbia, visit UK Trade and Investment’s Serbian webpage.