Castellon will once again be able to export citrus fruits to the United States

The recent announcement of the five-year suspension of tariffs that the EU and the United States have imposed on themselves in the context of the trade dispute maintained by the two blocs for the aid granted to Airbus and Boeing, offers new prospects for them. Spanish export sectors. which have been affected by said tariffs.

One of those sectors is the citrus sector of Castellon, which was forced to stop sending clementines to the US market at the end of 2019 when the administration led by Donald Trump imposed a 25% tariff on the market. product, making these exports unsustainable.

The Citrus Management Committee, an organization that brings together the main exporters in the Community, expressed its satisfaction with the announcement, as it shows that Biden’s arrival at the White House has positively changed relations between the United States and the ‘European Union. Despite having freed itself from the tariff, the sector said that after two years of absence, it will have to reposition its product in the US market and compete with countries that gained ground there at that time, such as Morocco.

Unio de Llauradors general secretary Carles Peris said the trade peace was good news and they hoped to be able to export to the United States again. Finding out in June that we will be able to export to the United States next season gives us enough time to prepare. This is something we were unable to do in March when tariffs were only lifted for four months, he added.

Cristobal Aguado, president of the Valencian Association of Farmers, said he was happy that tariff barriers were suspended but recalled that this trade problem was the result of an injustice and that the agricultural sector paid the price. That is why he proposed that the EU compensate them for the damage.

The North American market is considered to be a very interesting country for developing citrus sales, which have recently been limited to European countries. However, being freed from this additional cost is not the only outstanding challenge for the sector. The Management Committee said the United States had very harsh phytosanitary conditions. They require cold processing that costs nine cents for every kilogram exported, Carles Peris said.

To solve this problem, the sector asked the Ministry of Agriculture to negotiate a series of conditions so that exports are viable.


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