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Competition from third countries in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit

This Thursday at Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect

• Fruit and vegetables would have to pay €198 million each year in tariffs

26 Oct 2020

  • To attend the sessions you must first create a professional profile on the Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect platform by clicking on this link, and entering the invitation code: FA200000041NA

    In the middle of the final stretch of the negotiations between the European Commission and the United Kingdom to reach an agreement on the future relationship after Brexit, FEPEX will be analysing, this Thursday, what the competition from third countries will be like in the United Kingdom in the event of a no deal Brexit, in a webinar on the Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect platform, opened by the director of the fair, Raúl Calleja, in which Camino Arroyo, from the Ministry of Agriculture will also be taking part.

    Negotiations between the EU and the UK are in their final stretch. Yesterday the European Commission reported that the chief negotiator of the European Union, Michel Barnier, will remain in London until next Wednesday after extending negotiations with his British counterpart, David Frost, for three more days on the future commercial relationship after Brexit.

    However, in the event that there is no deal that can be approved before the end of the transitional period, on 31 December, European exports will have to pay the customs duties collected by the World Trade Organization.  In the fruit and vegetable sector, this situation would mean that Spanish exports would have to pay tariffs of €198 million per year, as estimated by FEPEX.

    In this Thursday’s webinar “Competition from third countries in the United Kingdom in the event of a no deal Brexit” we will be analysing what the tariffs are that would have to be paid for each product and in what situation Spanish exports would remain, since other countries with which the United Kingdom reaches bilateral agreements will not have to pay these fees.

    In the webinar, organised by FEPEX, the Director General of the Federation, Jose María Pozancos and the Deputy Director General of Fruit and Vegetables and Viticulture from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Camino Arroyo, will be taking part and it will be opened by the director of Fruit Attraction, Raúl Calleja. It will be held on Thursday 29 October, from 10-11 a.m. on the Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect platform.

    To attend the sessions you must first create a professional profile on the Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect platform by clicking on this link, and entering the FEPEX invitation code:FA200000041NA

    The United Kingdom is the third-largest market for the Spanish sector, where fruit and vegetables worth €1.160 billion were exported in the first half of 2020, 9% more than in the same period of the previous year. Considering a full year, in 2019 exports amounted to 1.5 million tonnes, 5% more than in 2018, for a value of €1.779 billion (+1%), according to data from the Customs and Excise Department.