Spain: FEPEX concerned about “invasion” of Moroccan exports to Europe
The Spanish Association of Producers of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and Living Plants (FEPEX) has expressed concern about the rise in Moroccan exports to the European Union and investment programs in Morocco in the agricultural sector.
The decision of the European Court of Justice of 21 December 2016 seems to have had no effect on trade between Morocco and the European Union, according to figures released by FEPEX in early November.
The Spanish Association observed a "strong rise" of the Kingdom's agricultural exports to the EU and Spanish markets between January and August 2017, up 14 percent and 24 percent over the same period last year, respectively.
"These figures are worrisome," they said, lamenting how Moroccan-branded products have overlapped in the European markets with Spanish products without automatically triggering the measures set out in the Agricultural Agreement, which aims to prevent such disturbances in the common market.
The Spanish Association is concerned not only with the "invasion" of Moroccan agricultural exports into the European markets, but also expressed its concern about the "major investment programs" made by the Moroccan government for the development of fruit and vegetable cultivation, which is based on the search for other international markets, such as China and the Arabic and African countries.
Publication date: 11/9/2017
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