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Spain: Fruit and Vegetables Working Group discusses market openings
The tenth meeting of the Fruit and Vegetables Working Group, set up in the framework of the Plan for the Internationalization of the Agro-Food Sector of the Ministries of Economy and Agriculture, took place this week in Madrid with the goal of moving forward in the negotiations for the opening of markets in third countries (based on the requests made by the sector) and agreed to formalise and standardise the process of requesting the opening of new markets for exports.
The meeting emphasised the importance of defining the products and markets considered as priority and non-priority, given the wide range of products in the fruit and vegetable sector and the many countries where there may be opportunities. For this reason, it was agreed to standardise the process to request the opening of new markets, basing it on a questionnaire to be completed by the association interested in that opening and which provides basic information about the country of destination, as well as the companies interested in exporting.
Progress was also made in the status of the opening dossiers already being processed, focusing on this occasion on the opening of the Indian market for stonefruit, and especially on the cold treatment required for the transport by sea.
For FEPEX, this Fruit and Vegetables Working Group is of particular interest, because it is carrying out an exhaustive analysis of the phytosanitary barriers and needs that the horticultural sector is facing to access non-EU markets and proposing multiple actions.
FEPEX believes that a greater involvement of the European Commission is necessary for the opening of new markets. In contrast to the phytosanitary import regime applied in the EU, which is an open regime and allows entry into its territory of everything that is not expressly prohibited, countries such as China, Japan, India, the US or South Africa only allow access into their territory to those products/countries for which there has been a negotiation process leading to the signing of an export protocol, which features the organisms considered harmful by the importing country and establishes specific control measures. The negotiation of this export protocol usually takes several years.
Publication date: 4/21/2017
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