From Sierra Leone to Europe

Brussels Airlines facilitates export of fruits & vegetables

Brussels Airlines has organised a trade mission to Sierra Leone to support and develop the export of fresh fruits and vegetables from the West African country to Europe. This comes at a time when farmers in Sierra Leone face increasing difficulties to find markets for their products.

The mission coming from Europe is composed of three importers specialised in tropical products: Capexo from Rungis market in France, Bergamini – Tropical Taste Belgium and Europe and Khadie Afro Foods, which is currently the main importer of fresh vegetables by air from Sierra Leone to London. stated that the Regional Coordinator of COLEACP was also attending. COLEACP is famous for their development program across the globe, in particular their ‘Fit For Market’ program whereby the organisation supports farmers in reaching the level of quality required for their products to enter European markets. 

On the morning of Wednesday 9th May, 2018 the trade mission was in Freetown, discussing Sierra Leone’s problems: what’s going to work and what will not; the local and international legal frameworks for exporting fresh products; barriers to entry into European markets; quality control standards; and challenges and opportunities.

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