Fruit exporters fear a no-deal Brexit will create another crisis

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Director of Fepex, José María Pozancos, consider that “a no trade agreement with the UK” would provoke “a more serious crisis” in the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector “than the one produced after the Russian veto” to the entry of community agri-food products, which is now six years old.

In an interview with Efe, the director of the Federation of Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Associations (Fepex) has expressed concern about the little progress in the negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom, whose seventh round concludes this Friday.

London’s proposal for the scenario of a lack of agreement for a trade framework starting next year is the imposition of entry tariffs for community fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants that would range between 6 and 15%.

What they have done, Pozancos explained, is apply the current Community tariff to future imports into the British market from the European Union ” and, if confirmed, it would be “the sword of Damocles” for the sector.

The United Kingdom is the third export market for the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector, a business that “continues to weigh heavily the loss of the Russian market” due to the sanctions established by Russia after those approved by the EU after its annexation of Crimea.

Fepex, the main Spanish organization of fruit and vegetable producers and exporters, also it is concerned about the agreements that the United Kingdom is signing with third countries. “The most negative scenario would be that community productions have to compete as of 2021 with those of other markets without entry tariffs.”

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