Croatia - Country Commercial Guide
Agricultural Sector

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2021-09-16

Overview

Croatia has approximately 1.5 million hectares (ha) of used agricultural land and 2.5 million ha of forests. Croatia has favorable conditions for diverse farming, but is self-sufficient only in the production of wheat, corn, poultry, eggs, and wine.

Imports of agricultural and food products continue to grow. However, the persistent economic crisis, now exacerbated by COVID-19, has somewhat dampened that growth.

The Croatian market for imported food products is dominated by European suppliers. Unrecorded transshipments from other EU suppliers likely makes U.S. imports higher than the amounts recorded in the official statistics. In the last few years flourishing tourism along the Dalmatian coast and rebounding consumer demand in urban areas has fueled demand for consumer foods as evidenced by the growth in the number of supermarkets. Price and credit availability are the major determinants for product sourcing.

U.S. products with good prospects include seafood, animal feed and feed ingredients, animal genetics, wine, pork, fruits and vegetables, pet food and a range of snack and convenience foods. Currently, for human consumption, only GMO-free products are acceptable in Croatia.

Agriculture and Related

 

2018

2019

2020

2021

(Estimated)

Total Local Production

n/a 

n/a 

n/a

n/a

Total Exports

3,602,617 

3,500,437 

3,769,955

3,800,000

Total Imports

4,152,253 

4,415,459

4,223,468

4,300,000

Imports from the US

22,112 

29,263 

23,011

25,000

Total Market Size

n/a 

n/a 

n/a

n/a

Exchange Rates

6.28 

6.62 

6.61 

n/a

Import / Export data source Trade Data Monitor (TDM)

 

Consumer Oriented Products 

  

2018  

2019 

 

2020

2021

(Estimated)

Local Production 

800,000 

800,000 

800,000

800,000

Exports 

1,812,617 

1,852,473 

1,915,690

1,900,000

Imports 

3,027,089 

3,288,058

3,116,519

3,150,000

Imports from the US 

22,955

24,154 

27,193

30,000

Total Market Size 

2,014,472

2,235,585

2,000,829

2,050,000

USD thousands (total market size = (total local production + imports) - exports) 

Import / Export data source Trade Data Monitor (TDM)

Local production is unofficial estimate. 

 

Seafood Products

 

2018

2019 

 

2020

2021

(Estimated)

Local Production 

185,000 

185,000 

185,000

185,000

Exports 

239,877 

236,336 

264,154

260,000

Imports 

181,825 

201,635

162,467

160,000

Imports from the US 

51

364 

17

100

Total Market Size 

126,948

150,299

83,313

85,000

USD thousands (total market size = (total local production + imports) - exports) 

Import / Export data source Trade Data Monitor (TDM) 

Local production is unofficial estimate. 

 

Soybeans and Soybean Meal 

 

2018  

2019 

 

2020

2021

(Estimated)

Local Production 

90,000 

95,000 

120,000

120,000

Exports 

64,671

82,689

118,524

118,000

Imports 

84,909 

64,299 

73,823

75,000

Imports from the US 

0 

181

0

0

Total Market Size 

110,238

76,610

75,299

77,000

USD thousands (total market size = (total local production + imports) - exports)

Import / Export data source Trade Data Monitor (TDM) 

Local production is unofficial estimate. 

 Resources 

· Foreign Agricultural Service Zagreb 

· Foreign Agricultural Service 

· Croatian Bureau of Statistics

· Ministry of Agriculture 

· Ministry of Health 

· Zagreb Fair  

 

U.S. Embassy – Foreign Agricultural Service 

Andreja Misir, Agricultural Specialist 

Zagreb, Croatia 

Tel:  +385 (0)1 661 2467 

Email: AgZagreb@state.gov