Greek exporters are concerned about the possibility of tariffs being imposed on Greek fruits and vegetables to be exported to the United Kingdom.
Furthermore, there is a clear risk that the country's competitors will be able to export without tariffs (after agreements that have already been signed, with another one expected with Egypt).
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, Greek exports of table grapes, raisins, kiwis, strawberries, cherries, figs, citrus fruits and fresh vegetables are all threatened.
Mr. G. Polychronakis, Special Advisor of Incofruit - Hellas, said to AgroTypos that "after the official exit of the United Kingdom from the EU, the negotiations continue, but no agreement has been reached so far. As far as the trade of goods is concerned, there is a lot of interest in the fruit and vegetable sector."
The Greek government is being called upon to press the EU to sign a preferential trade agreement with the United Kingdom as soon as possible. The objective is to protect Greek producers from the imposition of those duties.
"If tariffs are imposed, Greek traders and producers risk losing their competitiveness in the British market, while our international competitors, such as Morocco, South Africa, Turkey, Israel and Egypt, will win."