Freight Shipping to Bosnia

John Shirley Ltd. provide direct freight services to Bosnia for full loads with a transit time of about 5 days or part loads with a transit time of 7 – 8 days.

John Shirley Shipping & Freight Services to Bosnia

Past freight experience in Bosnia

Exports from Bosnia centre largely on wooden furniture and doors. Following the war in Bosnia and the Dayton Agreement, all parts of the country received humanitarian aid cargo and development aid. At first, it was only outlying towns near the borders such as Metkovic in Herzegovina and Srpska Brod in the Republika Srpska, then Bihać and Mostar, Banja Luka, Tuzla, Gorazde until eventually,  we carried goods into Zenica and Sarajevo.

Container delivery to and from Bosnia

John Shirley Ltd can arrange collection and delivery of line or shipper’s own containers whether 20’, 40’ or 45’  standard or high top. The most recent consignments have involved the shipment of raw materials from Bosnia to the United Kingdom where containers travelled via a road-rail-ship intermodal service.

Vehicle shipping to Bosnia

We regularly ship Land Rovers to Bosnia and can facilitate the shipping of backhoe loaders, cars, vans pick-ups and lightweight trucks.  Our newest transport activity is in Herzegovina where we collect alcohol to deliver in France using tank-trailers.

Delivering Humanitarian Aid Materials to Bosnia

Known for forwarding work carried out in Bosnia and Kosovo, John Shirley Ltd is ready to provide assistance to aid and reconstruction bodies elsewhere in the world.

John Shirley has at hand tried and trusted hauliers who are not only experienced at working in difficult conditions but also ones that are used to carrying enormous quantities of aid construction materials.

Bike outside Bosnian Embassy
John visits the Bosnian Embassy in London on his company Brompton!

The current status of Bosnia




Bosnian Mark (BAM)

The currency rate of the Bosnian Mark is fixed by a currency board arrangement, at parity with the Euro. The fixed rate is 2 Bosnian Marks to 1 Euro.


Following the 1995 Dayton Accord, which ended the country’s devastating civil war, the post-war Bosnian economy was fuelled mainly by reconstruction work. However, the private-sector is increasingly buoyant and is the main driver behind economic growth. The Bosnian economy has grown at 5% since 2000, aided by one of the most stable currencies in the region. In 2008, Bosnia signed a Stabilisation and Ascension Agreement with the European Union, which enabled significant customs concessions for certain EU imports. Bosnia also benefits from preferential trade agreements with Russia, USA, Japan, Switzerland, Norway and Turkey. Around 95% of Bosnian exports enter the EU duty free and quota free.

In 2006 around 70% of all Bosnian exports worth around €1.3bn was directed to the European Union, while the EU accounted for 60% of the country’s imports. Bosnia has a very open economy and the ratio of exports and imports to GDP was 87% in 2005. The Stabilisation and Association Agreement signed between Bosnia and the European Union lead the way for the abolition of import tariffs on 11,000 products that Bosnia imports from the EU. For products such as cosmetics, motorcycles, furniture, computers, electronic equipment and tools tariffs have been completely eliminated from January 1, 2010 onwards.

Transport Network in Bosnia

Bosnia is well connected by road as there are major crossings from Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro, although link roads can often be in poor condition. Sarajevo is the country’s largest market and industrial centre, although there are smaller hubs in Banja Luka, Mostar and Duboj.

UK – Bosnia Trade

The total value of exports from the UK to Bosnia was valued at £20.5m in 2008 mostly in specialised industrial and electronic machinery, manufactured goods, telecoms, chemicals and sound equipment.

The value of Bosnian imports into the UK amounted to £22.5 m in 2008, mostly in metalworking machinery, plastics, chemicals, essential oils and furniture.

France – Bosnia Trade

In 2006 French exports to Bosnia were worth €68m, comprising mostly of products from the automotive sector and consumer goods. Imports totalled €53m in the same year, comprising mainly of metallic products, clothing, wood transformation and household products.

Although Bosnia holds a relatively marginal position amongst France’s trading partners, the volume of imports and exports have remained stable.

Documentation & Administration for Bosnia-Herzegovina Imports

All goods imported into Bosnia-Herzegovina must be accompanied by a customs declaration, completed in Bosnian, Serbian or Croatian and submitted by the person named on the waybill or their authorised representative. Goods cannot be circulated without the payment of customs duties or a bank guarantee for the payments.

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 Bosnia, visit UK Trade and Investment’s Bosnian webpage.

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