There are growing concerns in the Spanish sector about the short-term availability of means of road transport to deliver the fruit and vegetable shipments demanded by EU markets. Consequently, the European association FruitVegetablesEurope, EUCOFEL, has asked the European Commission for more flexibility in the conditions for the transport of fruit and vegetables by road in the EU. The idea is to speed up shipments to EU markets, which are the destination for 94% of all Spanish exports.
The association has asked the European Commission to suspend certain articles of Regulation 561/2006. The suspension has been approved in Spain by a resolution of the General Directorate of Transport of March 16, which applies to the flexibility of driving times.
FEPEX has asked the Ministry of Agriculture to back this demand before the European Commission, so that the majority of Member States adopt similar measures, thus making it possible to speed up shipments to the EU market. FEPEX has proposed this measure with a double objective: to ensure that the needs of consumers are met and to contribute to maintaining the sustainability of the productive sector.
Spanish fruit and vegetable exports in March last year amounted to 1.2 million tons; 684,689 tons of vegetables and 596,659 tons of fruits.