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How FPC's Advocacy is Transforming EU-UK Trade in Fresh Produce and Flowers

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) has played a pivotal role in securing a more promising and sustainable future for goods entering the UK from the European Union in the fresh produce, cut flower and plant sectors.

Through its relentless lobbying efforts, the FPC has influenced key governmental decisions that have led to the elimination of pre-notification requirements and UK border inspections for EU fresh produce. These changes are expected to save the industry an estimated £250 million annually, thereby benefiting both the sector and consumers.


Nigel Jenney, Chief Executive of the Fresh Produce Consortium, proudly stated, "FPC welcomes the publication of the final Border Target Operating Model. It's clear, the Government has acted upon our concerns and will now implement a unique border approach for the benefit of consumers and industry.


"This focused, risk-based approach will reinforce UK biosecurity and promote self-regulation to minimise supply chain disruption. Let's be clear, challenges remain. However, this is a bold step forward to achieve our ambition to become a world-leading destination of choice promoting imports and exports of fantastic fresh produce, and flowers and plants."


An Unwavering Commitment


This monumental shift in policy is a testament to FPC's unwavering commitment to safeguarding the future of the industry, ensuring that the UK remains a prime destination for high-quality fresh produce and cut flowers from the European Union.


The FPC's advocacy hasn't just stopped at border controls and financial savings; it has also been instrumental in shaping a more risk-based, industry-focused approach to biosecurity. This new paradigm aims to minimise disruptions in the supply chain, thereby ensuring that fresh produce, cut flower and plants reach UK consumers in the best possible condition.


The government's willingness to listen to FPC's concerns and act upon them signifies a more collaborative relationship between policymakers and industry leaders, a relationship that is crucial for navigating the complexities of international trade and biosecurity.


Long-Term Solutions


Moreover, the FPC's influence extends beyond immediate legislative changes. The organisation has been at the forefront of developing long-term solutions that not only promote biosecurity but also minimise the impact on responsible companies. This includes working on effective inspection solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), group consignments, and facilitating the immediate approval of responsible companies to complete their own official inspections.


These nuanced approaches are designed to make the UK a more attractive destination for EU and Rest of the World exporters, thereby enriching the variety and quality of goods available to British consumers.


A Future-Proof Framework


Looking ahead, the FPC is keen to continue its work in shaping a future-proof framework for the industry. Public awareness initiatives are in the pipeline, and the organisation is actively engaging with stakeholders from a diverse range of sectors to ensure that the sweeping changes are well-understood and effectively implemented.


As the UK navigates its post-Brexit landscape, the role of organisations like the FPC in influencing policy and safeguarding industry interests has never been more critical.


The FPC's ongoing efforts promise not just to mitigate the challenges of today but to prepare the industry for a more sustainable and secure future.


Why Your Business Needs to Be a Part of the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC)

In an industry as dynamic and essential as fresh produce, cut flowers, and plants, it's crucial to have a strong network and support system. The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) is that system. We are the UK's leading trade association in the fresh produce, cut flowers, and plants sector, and we are inviting businesses of all sizes to join us in shaping the future of this vital industry.

For Large Enterprises:

  • Influence Policy: Have a say in the regulations and policies that affect your business.

  • Expand Your Network: Connect with other industry leaders, suppliers, and customers.

  • Access to Market Research: Stay ahead of the curve with our in-depth industry reports and analyses.


For Small Businesses:

  • Business Support: Get access to resources that can help you grow and sustain your business.

  • Community: Join a community of like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners.

  • Visibility: Increase your brand's exposure through our various platforms and events.


What the FPC Offers:

  1. Advocacy: We represent your interests at both national and international levels.

  2. Education: Regular webinars, workshops, and training sessions to keep you updated.

  3. Networking: Exclusive events to help you connect with industry professionals.

  4. Resources: Access to a wealth of industry reports, market trends, and best practices.

  5. Sustainability: Initiatives aimed at making the industry more sustainable and eco-friendly.


How to Join:

Please contact the FPC team using info@freshproduce.org.uk or call 01733 237117 if you wish to discuss the opportunities or visit our website to apply online. The future of the fresh produce, cut flowers, and plants industry is in our hands. Let's secure it, together. Join the FPC today and be a part of something bigger.




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