Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports to the British market in the first half of 2020 continued on a positive trend as they totaled 889,157 tons and 1,160 million euro, i.e. 1% and 9% more than in the same period of the previous year.
Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports to the United Kingdom in the first half of the year have grown by 5% in the last five years, going from 866,611 tons in 2016 to 889,157 tons in the first half of 2020. Their value has grown by 10%, going from 1,050 million euro in 2016 to 1,160 million euro this year, according to data from the Customs and Special Taxes Department processed by FEPEX.
After the United Kingdom left the EU, on February 1 of this year, Spanish exports of fruit and vegetables to the United Kingdom continued to show a positive evolution because the UK is the third biggest destination for the Spanish sector, after Germany and France. In addition, export conditions to this destination continue to be the same as they were before the Brexit, thanks to the transit period that will last until December 31.
The sector grouped in FEPEX, however, is worried that the European Commission and the United Kingdom may not reach an agreement that governs commercial relations starting January 1st, once the transitional period ends.
The eighth round of negotiations will begin this week in London, and so far there has been little progress, according to statements by the community and British negotiators. The time to negotiate is short. According to the European Commission, for an agreement to effectively enter into force on January 1, 2021, a complete legal text must be achieved by the end of October so it can be ratified by the Council, the European Parliament, and the British government in time.