11 Jul 2022
FPC’s constant challenge of UK Government’s approach to post Brexit UK border controls is beginning to have a substantial and positive outcome for the sector. During 2021 around 103k fresh produce consignments (Peach applications) arrived from non-EU sources with almost 52k consignments held at UK borders for plant health inspections alone (approx. 50%).
From 22 July, the majority products will be subject to drastically reduced border checks, averaging 5%. This translates to around 47k fewer official inspections from non-EU sources (note this excludes the Citrus category which is no longer requires the provision of a Phyto and additional treatments for GB sale in total contrast to EU position).
FPC CEO, Nigel Jenney, comments “ After constant discussions and robust challenge over many months I’m delighted with this outcome on behalf of members. We are now focusing our efforts to secure a fundamental review of the UK’s proposed border strategy with the EU. The current proposals fail to accommodate the perishability and the JIT nature of our supply chains. A new solution must be radically different and be effective as well as affordable.
If nothing changes the financial cost to industry and subsequently the consumer is simply enormous. We need an effective least cost border solution that meets the needs of a sector keen to expand its international trade opportunities.”