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"Many trucks could be returning empty from April"

The director of the association of fruit and vegetable producers and exporters in Andalusia (Asociafruit), Luis Marín, said in statements to Efe that the transport of fruit and vegetables in Spain and abroad is proceeding normally despite the exceptional situation generated by the outbreak of COVID-19. The borders are currently closed and only the transport of goods is allowed.

However, he has expressed his concern about the problems with the return in the transport of fruits and vegetables for trucks going outside the national territory. He said that this is not something generalized, yet, but it could be in April or May. Marín believes that the problem may be observed in the spring, coinciding with several agricultural seasons. As the volume of goods in general decreases, the trucks that transport fruit and vegetables will have to return to Spain empty of cargo.

The director of Asociafruit warns that this could lead to price increases for the fruit and vegetable sector.

For the rest, he reported that the activity on agricultural farms, in national markets and in fresh food handling and marketing companies is also proceeding normally "within the framework of an exceptional situation," marked by the measures decreed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Therefore, this sector, which is not affected by the closings decreed by the Government, is working at full capacity, although it is doing so in a different way, adapting to the preventive measures that need to be enforced, said Luis Marín.

 

Source: Efe / lavanguardia.com


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