According to the latest data updated by the Customs and Special Taxes Department of the Tax Agency, in the first three months of 2021, Spain exported 461,666 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables worth 675 million euro to the United Kingdom, i.e. 6% less volume and 6% more value than in the same period of 2020. The United Kingdom continues to be the third destination market for the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector, behind Germany and France.
However, in the short term, the UK's departure from the EU has meant higher administrative costs for managing shipments and more documentary formalities, according to FEPEX. Since January 1 of this year, exporting companies have been processing the customs declaration (DUA) and the certificate of compliance with marketing standards.
The United Kingdom was expected to start requiring most EU fresh fruit and vegetable exports to present a phytosanitary certificate as of April 1 to enter that country after they left the EU. However, the British Government announced on March 11 that this new requirement would be delayed until January 1, 2022.
These issues and others related to trade between Spain and the UK will be addressed today at the third virtual meeting of the Brexit Channel, a forum for collaboration between the Administration and Spanish companies that was launched by the Secretary of State for Commerce to analyze and seek solutions to the difficulties that companies are facing when carrying out commercial exchanges to the UK after the entry into force of the Free Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK.