Yesterday, the Brexit Channel, a forum for collaboration between the administration and companies to analyze the evolution of trade with the United Kingdom after it left the EU and to detect possible problems in the different economic sectors, met for the second time.
FEPEX stated that the commercial flow of fruits and vegetables continued and that the new export requirements, such as the requirement of a phytosanitary certificate that will come into effect on January 1, 2022, were still pending.
The meeting was chaired by the Director-General for Trade Policy of the Secretary of State for Trade, Juan Francisco Martinez, and it addressed the postponement of import controls in Great Britain to EU products, which was announced by the British government in late March. They also answered the questions posed by the different sectoral organizations. The meeting was also attended by the Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Spanish Embassy in London, Alvaro Nadal, and the Deputy Director-General of Customs Management of the Department of Customs and Special Taxes, Nerea Rodriguez.
The United Kingdom was expected to start requiring most EU fresh fruit and vegetable exports to present a phytosanitary certificate to enter that country as of April 1. However, the British Government announced on March 11 that this new requirement would be delayed until January 1, 2022.
Fepex valued this delay positively. However, the general director of the meeting, Jose María Pozancos, said he was concerned about the way the requirement of the phytosanitary certificate would come into force on January 1, 2022.
The attendees also stated their concern about the 65% decrease in flower and plant exports to the United Kingdom when compared to January 2020. These imports have decreased mainly because the United Kingdom has demanded a phytosanitary certificate for plant imports since January 1 and many operators have encountered difficulties processing it.