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The shadow of Brexit looms over the future of Spanish berries

As part of the celebration of the 21st Agricultural Days of Bonares, the manager of Freshuelva, Rafael Domínguez, has addressed the impact that Brexit will have on the cultivation of berries in the province of Huelva. "The United Kingdom is the third largest European market for strawberries and blackberries, and the second for raspberries and blueberries," said Dominguez, who reported that 63,000 tons of berries have been exported by Huelva between January and June of 2019.

Uncertain future
The manager of Freshuelva talked about the possibility "of two different scenarios, depending on what happens in the upcoming elections to the British Parliament on December 12."

According to Dominguez, if Brexit is carried out with an agreement, "the requirements for exports would remain the same as before the United Kingdom left the EU; however, if there is a no-deal Brexit, certain requirements would be enforced that would entail customs formalities and delays in the delivery of the goods. In any case, no tariffs or phytosanitary certificates would be required for the time being.

Rafael Domínguez said that "it is still very difficult to estimate the consequences of Brexit, considering that both the terms under which the United Kingdom will leave the Union and the way in which the English market will react to the new situation remain unknown."



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