The Fruits and Vegetables Working Group has held its number 18 meeting to review the files it's working on for the opening of new markets for the export of Spanish fruits and vegetables and to define new markets and products.
The Group is currently working to open the Canadian market for cherries, blueberries, and tomatoes with green parts. In January, the country achieved opening this market for its strawberries. They are also working to open the US market for cherries, nectarines, plums, pears, apples, and strawberry plants.
In Latin America, the group is working to open Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile, among other markets. In this sense, they reported on the progress made to open the Argentine market to cherries, apples, and Prunus plant. Progress is being made to export apples to Chile. However, negotiations with Chile are being carried out by the European Commission.
In Asia, the negotiations to open Thailand for pears and grapes are well advanced. In addition, work is being done so Thailand authorizes air shipments for cherries.
These are some of the cases that the Fruits and Vegetables Working Group is working on. The list is much broader, as there are more than 18 countries in the priority files and more than 11 countries in non-priority files. In addition, one or more products can be negotiated at the same time with a single country.