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: 2022-07-23

Croatia has approximately 1.5 million hectares (ha) of used agricultural land and 2.8 million ha of forests. Croatia has favorable conditions for diverse farming, but is self-sufficient only in the production of wheat, corn, oats, barley, major oil seeds, mandarins, cherries and sour cherries.

Imports of agricultural and food products continue to grow, but the rise in inflation caused by COVID-19 and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are expected to slow down imports and shift consumer demand towards more affordable products. Furthermore, food trade patterns are expected to move towards suppliers not affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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

  2019 2020 2021

2022

(Estimated)

Total Local Production n/a  n/a  n/a  n/a 
Total Exports 3,500,437  3,779,266 4,664,728 4,650,000
Total Imports 4,415,459 4,228,175 5,212,772 5,215,000
Imports from the US 29,263  23,012 25,184 25,184
Total Market Size n/a  n/a  n/a  n/a 
Exchange Rates 6.62  6.61  6.36 n/a 

USD thousands

Import / Export data source Trade Data Monitor (TDM)

 

Consumer Oriented Products 

 

  2019 2020 2021

2022

(Estimated)

Total Local Production 800,000  800,000  800,000  800,000 
Total Exports 1,851,109  1,915,343 2,306,626 2,300,000
Total Imports 3,326,607  3,166,748 3,815,016 3,800,000
Imports from the U.S. 28,488  22,555 24,264 25,000
Total Market Size 2,275,498 2,051,405 2,308,390 2,308,390

 

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

 

  2019 2020 2021

2022

(Estimated)

Total Local Production 185,000 185,000 185,000 185,000
Total Exports 236,336  264,338 325,674 325,500
Total Imports 201,635 162,890 236,784 236,500
Imports from the U.S. 364  17 87 100
Total Market Size 150,299 83,552 96,110 96,000

 

 

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

Import / Export data source Trade Data Monitor (TDM) 

Local production is an unofficial estimate. 

 

Soybeans and Soybean Meal 

  2019 2020 2021

2022

(Estimated)

Total Local Production 95,000  120,000 120,000 120,000
Total Exports 82,689 118,623 129,795 130,000
Total Imports 64,299  73,836 93,060 95,000
Imports from the US  181 0 0 0
Total Market Size 76,610 75,213 83,265 85,000

 

 

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

Import / Export data source Trade Data Monitor (TDM) 

Local production is an unofficial estimate. 

 

Resources 

  • Foreign Agricultural Service Zagreb 
  • Foreign Agricultural Service 
  • Croatian Bureau of Statistics
  • Ministry of Agriculture   

U.S. Embassy – Foreign Agricultural Service 

Andreja Misir, Agricultural Specialist 

Zagreb, Croatia 

Tel:  +385 (0)1 661 2467 

Email: AgZagreb@state.gov