The European Commission has estimated that Moroccan exports of tomatoes exceed the tariff quota concluded under the agreement between Morocco and the European Union. The Commission therefore warned that Morocco could be sanctioned.
Referred by Spanish MEP Clara Aguilera (PSOE), the European Commission has spoken out on the Moroccan exports of tomatoes, which the MEP describes as “massive” and creating a “serious situation on the European market.”
First of all, the European Commission confirms having recorded an overrun of the preferential tariff quota granted to Morocco. Set at 43,500 tons, this quota was exceeded in February of this year, as well as last year, according to the European Commission.
The community executive warns and insists that “the imported volumes exceeding the monthly and total limits of the tariff quota will not benefit from any preferential treatment, but will be submitted to normal customs duty.”
The preferential tariff quota under the agreement between the European Union and Morocco is 285,000 tons. However, Clara Aguilera warns that “the Moroccan exports of tomatoes to the European Union maintain their upward trend and are expected to exceed 500,000 tons during the 2020/2021 season.”
Besides tomatoes, the Spanish farmers are pointing to the ever-increasing exports of Moroccan fruit and vegetables sold at a lower price which, for them, constitutes unfair competition. They also ask European authorities to take the necessary measures.