Up to September this year, European exports of fruit and vegetables to the United States reached 48,872 tonnes, almost the same figure as in the same period of 2011, when 48,347 tonnes were exported.
The European Commission is trying to start negotiations for a future Free Trade Agreement with the United States.
A high level group formed by representatives of both parts produced a preliminary report in June this year and will prepare another final report this year about the launch of the negotiations. Later, in 2013, a bilateral summit would take place in which, based on that report, decisions would be made.
For FEPEX, the hypothetical launch of EU-US negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement should open the North American market to European horticultural products, virtually closed due to phytosanitary barriers.