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Spanish citrus sector demands diplomatic solution to US tariffs

Spanish agricultural organizations have quickly reacted to the US announcement that it will maintain the tariffs on a number of Spanish agricultural products, including citrus fruits.

The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja) has called on the Spanish Government and the European Union to urgently seek a diplomatic solution to end the "abuse" of the Trump administration. The president of this group, Cristóbal Aguado, denounced that "our agriculture continues to be put under pressure, despite this being the consequence of a problem that has nothing to do with the sector."

Sources from the Citrus Management Committee lamented "the lack of information on the steps that the Spanish Government and the European Union have taken" to deal with the situation. They also have little hope about the possibility of Castellon's citrus exports being resumed. These will very likely be suspended for the second consecutive season due to all the procedures, bureaucratic steps and phytosanitary controls that need to be carried out. The clementines shipped from Castellon must undergo a series of treatments to prevent the arrival of fruit flies. "At this stage, it would be very difficult to resume our sales and renegotiate," they said.

Given this situation, the Ministries of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have issued a joint statement in which they have expressed their opposition to "this decision," hoping that "an agreement will be reached to reverse the current trade dynamics between both countries."



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