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Brexit Channel resumes meetings with UK officials to resolve trade problems

A new meeting of the Brexit Channel, a collaborative body between the administration and export sectors, is scheduled for next week. The aim is to identify and attempt to resolve trade difficulties with the UK following the entry of Brexit in force. In the fruit and vegetable sector, exports to this country saw 862,372 tons exported in the first half of 2021, 3% lower than in the same period of 2020, and €1,276 million, 10% higher.

Fruit and vegetable exporters have adopted new customs requirements established by the UK as a result of their departure from the European Union from 1 January this year, which are set in three phases. In the first, which began in January this year, exports of community fresh fruits and vegetables must be accompanied by a Customs Declaration (SAD) and a Certificate of Compliance with Marketing Standards.

In the second phase, which was initially scheduled to come into force in April of this year and has been postponed till January 1, 2022 and with regard to the prevalence of fresh fruits and vegetables, a phytosanitary certificate must also be accompanied by the shipment , Pre-Notification and Remote Documentary Control.

In the third phase, which will begin in March 2022, the previous requirements will be retained, more controls will be carried out, as well as identification and physical controls at Authorized Control Points (BCPs) will be added, which causes a lot of concern in the area grouped into the group.


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