Bonita Bhandari: the English will not eliminate Almeria vegetables due to Brexit

Manuel Leon

15:03 • 29 jun. 2021

Fruits and vegetables from Almeria -and the rest of Spain- will not be replaced in the United Kingdom by others from third countries, as a result of the entry into force of Brexit. So he believesto foreign trade manager of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain, Bonita Bhandari.

It also clarifies that the British Government has tried to establish new commercial links with other countries such as Morocco, Egypt, Peru, Chile or South Africa, without extra substance costs, “but without Spain (and Almería in particular) having been replaced, since, in addition to having the advantage of geographical proximity, there is the high quality it has”. And he adds that Spain will continue to be a primary supplier for the fruit and vegetables demanded by British consumers ”.

The statements of the person in charge of foreign trade are produced by the concern that had generated in the Almeria sector and in the peninsular Southeast, the report made by the British Food and Drink Federation in which the food imports of the income in the last quarter have fallen by 15%, especially affecting areas such as the Almeria garden.

These figures come at a time when the European and Spanish agri-food sector is involved in a climate of crisis in which the state of its exports is increasingly complicated and weakened due to the lack of equal conditions with third countries.

One of the keys to this decrease in purchases of Almeria vegetables, according to the advisor of food companies for the United Kingdom, José Miguel Flavián, has been the closing of the horeca channel in England, coupled with customs difficulties after Brexit and extra costs during the pandemic.

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At the moment The United Kingdom is still looking for suppliers of fresh products in the Spanish market, “That is unquestionable,” reaffirms the head of foreign trade. And remember figures: “30% of imported agri-food products come from the European Union, the majority being vegetables.” In addition, 19% of the fruits consumed come from Spain.

Bhandari believes it is essential that information in both the UK and Spain is easy for businesses to understand.