The Agricultural Association of Young Farmers (ASAJA) Murcia has expressed optimism for the suspension of tariffs agreed to by the United States and the European Union (EU). Tariffs on Spanish lemons exported to the US -set at 25%- have been temporarily lifted for four months. Similarly, the EU has suspended tariffs on US grapefruit imports.
Alfonso Gálvez Caravaca, secretary general of ASAJA Murcia: “It is certainly good news, but we must bear in mind the suspension only lasts until the summer, so European leaders will have to continue working with their counterparts in the Biden administration so that this suspension is final and long-term."
"The US market is very attractive for the Spanish lemon, so we must take advantage of this temporary suspension, especially for the Verna lemon, and we must work hard to recover the distribution channels and consolidate the marketing of our lemons in the US market.”
Caravaca is hopeful that a permanent suspension of the tariffs can be achieved, and that the US market holds great promise for Spanish lemons in the coming years. “The US market can be complementary to the European Union for Spanish lemons, so we hope in the short term to recover normality in shipments to that market,” he told citrusindustry.net