Roadblocks in Catalonia, carried out in protest of the ruling against separatist leaders, have caused some agro-food cooperatives to start looking for alternative routes for the export of mandarins to the European market, such as the entry into France through the Irun border point, despite additional costs. According to sources of Cooperatives Agroalimentàrias, the possible change of route would be a preventive measure, since they ignore the places where traffic will be blocked.
So far, only a few cooperatives have decided to start using alternative routes, but Cooperatives warns that if the protests continue over time, many will go for this option, since there will be real problems if they happen in the middle of the marketing campaign.
The Region of Valencia is currently supplying Europe with shipments of early mandarins, to which other early varieties will be added.
Source: Efe / lavanguardia.com