EC reducing phytosanitary controls on Moroccan tomatoes

The European Commission will enforce less strict phytosanitary controls on the export of tomatoes from Morocco to the European Union from 1 January 2018, as announced by the European entity on Wednesday 20 December through a statement.

"The phytosanitary controls (...) for tomatoes from Morocco will be reduced to just 5% of the volume imported," says the press release, which considers that "the phytosanitary situation of Morocco's tomato production is currently satisfactory."

The reduction of phytosanitary controls on Moroccan tomatoes on the border of the European Union won't entail any changes in the documentary control. The current procedures will consequently remain unchanged.

Trucks entering European territory will still have to present all phytosanitary certificates issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin.

The statement added that the Commission is collaborating with the National Office of Health and Food Safety (ONSSA) of Morocco to help Moroccan growers become familiar with the new import conditions.

The European Commission periodically updates its regulations on phytosanitary import conditions to prevent the introduction into the EU of products with pathologies, especially whenever new products are introduced into the European market.


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