FDBusiness.com

British Organic Food Exports at Mercy of EU Discretion After No-deal Brexit

 Breaking News
  • UK Shoppers Set to Spend £21.6 Billion on Food and Groceries This Christmas The UK grocery market is set to experience 2.4% growth this Christmas, with shoppers predicted to spend £21.6 billion over the festive period, according to the latest forecast from research organisation IGD. With nearly half (48%) of shoppers agreeing that food and drink is the most important part of Christmas Day, grocery has a key role to [...]...
  • Europastry Broadens its Portfolio Europastry, a family-owned business specialising in frozen bread and patisserie products, has completed its purchase of Confeitaria Torres, a Portuguese bakery company. Based in Trofa near Porto, Confeitaria Torres supplies fresh and deep-frozen bakery and pastry products. With the acquisition, Europastry adds another craft baker to its production capacity, further consolidating its range of high quality [...]...
  • Quality is King in China’s Infant Formula Market Chinese parents care much more about the quality and nutritional value of infant formula than its price, new research by Advanced Lipids has shown. China accounts for almost half of all infant formula sales globally. To gain new market insights, Advanced Lipids, manufacturer of the fat ingredient INFAT®, surveyed 211 urban Chinese parents. All fed their children [...]...
  • Austrian Meat Manufacturers Turn to FlatSkin® System by SEALPAC Food retailers in Austria, like in many other European countries, are increasingly choosing vacuum skin packaging. This technology can be found in a growing number of varieties across the retail shelves, owing to its obvious benefits: securely sealed under deep vacuum, food products have a significantly longer shelf life and can be presented in a [...]...
  • FrieslandCampina Strengthens US Presence Royal FrieslandCampina, the global dairy group, has acquired US-based importer and distributor Jana Foods. The acquisition will further strengthen FrieslandCampina’s position in supplying Dutch specialty cheese to the US market. Jana Foods will be integrated in the FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy USA business. “This acquisition supports our strategy of investing for growth. This investment is in line [...]...

British Organic Food Exports at Mercy of EU Discretion After No-deal Brexit

British Organic Food Exports at Mercy of EU Discretion After No-deal Brexit
August 24
12:10 2018

The UK organic certification body OF&G has warned that a no-deal Brexit risks the continuation of organic food exports to the EU relying on interim reciprocal and discretionary trading arrangements. The news comes in response to a government paper outlining the implications of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario.

CEO of OF&G (Organic Farmers and Growers) Roger Kerr (pictured) explains that the issue comes down to the UK’s inability to be formally recognised as being a third country outside the EU until 30 March 2019. “We have applied to the EU as an ‘Equivalent Control Body’ to operate in the UK after we leave Europe. The issue is that currently the UK isn’t recognised as a ‘third country’ and that we can’t progress the application until we are.”

With the application process taking around nine months, and as we effectively only have seven months until the end of March 2019, he says that the formal process to permit exports couldn’t be concluded in time, even if the UK were to be recognised today.

“Consequently, we need dispensation now from the EU to recognise that the UK will be a third country after March next year to allow the application to proceed and we would also need the EU to ‘fast track’ the applications,” he says.

The government has however indicated that in the eventuality of a no-deal Brexit, the UK would allow the continuation of imported organic goods at their discretion and Mr Kerr suggests that a reciprocal arrangement by the EU would see organic food exports maintained.

“It is after all beneficial to both UK operators exporting organic products into the EU and EU importers, manufacturers and consumers in the EU that the supply of UK organic products, continues uninterrupted. Sales of organic products are currently around €30 billion and growing at around 12% per annum across the EU-28[1] and so stopping the supply of organic products from a high integrity source like the UK would be self-defeating.

“A reciprocal assurance from the EU similar to that proposed by the UK government to allow the continued import of UK sourced organic products will however be reliant upon EU goodwill,” he says.

Clearly the suggestion of a formal equivalency agreement between the UK and the EU would be the best resolution in the event of the UK leaving the EU and would resolve these issues but he adds that the vague terms used in the government paper such as ‘exploring alternatives’; ‘expect to negotiate’; and ‘asking the Commission’, leaves the industry in limbo.

“Clearly, if the government is unable to secure an equivalency agreement or speed up the process of recognition of the UK as a third country this could have potentially catastrophic impacts on UK businesses that export to the EU,” he adds.

About Author

mike

mike

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • June 18, 2019Multimodal 2019
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements