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Spain: Citrus sector asks for tariffs on South African oranges to stay

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Spain: Citrus sector asks for tariffs on South African oranges to stay

On the eve of the EU Parliament and Council's decision regarding the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Southern African Development Community, the organisations representing the Spanish citrus sector have approached the European Parliament and the Government of Spain to ask for the tariffs on oranges imported from South Africa not to be lifted. They believe that this move (about which they had not been forewarned and which has not followed the due impact study) would be "a very tough blow for the sector." This is a sector that is extremely sensitive to any excess supply, especially at the beginning of the campaign, and which has faced serious difficulties in ensuring the profitability of producers in recent years. Furthermore, they have warned of the situation on the Community market, which is very saturated and has already received more than 400,000 tonnes of South African oranges in 2015 and was further affected by the impact of the Russian veto on EU imports.

Source: freshplaza.com