Trading with the UK – FPC sets out what exporters need to know

Delegates from across the globe attending the London Produce Show had the opportunity to learn more about trading with the UK and how to meet regulatory requirements, thanks to a tailor-made seminar held by FPC as part of the London Produce Show.

The seminar was held in the afternoon of Wednesday 5 June, and the programme included presentations on opportunities to trade; meeting regulatory requirements in plant health and food safety; and the challenges of trading with the UK from a European perspective.

Nigel Jenney, Chief Executive of the FPC reinforced the importance of the UK’s trading relationships. “The UK fresh produce industry values its trading relationships with exporters across the globe.

"Irrespective of the UK’s situation with regard to leaving the European Union, we want to ensure that our members can continue to trade.

"It’s vital that exporters know that EU regulations continue to apply in the UK and that importers must meet the European Commission’s requirements.”

Forthcoming changes to UK plant health requirements were highlighted at the FPC seminar for exporters to the UK.

Richard McIntosh, Assistant Chief Plant Officer at Defra, reminded delegates that from 1 September 2019 new protective measures against the introduction of harmful organisms in the EU will come into force.

The European Commission has asked the plant health authorities of these countries to provide certain information in advance of 1 September 2019 in order to continue trading in the EU.

In addition, from 1 September 2019 importers will require a phytosanitary certificate and declaration to the UK plant health authorities when imported from any third country for the following products:

  • Grapes

  • Kiwifruit

  • Strawberries

  • Papaya

  • Rubus (raspberries etc.)

John Furzer of the Food Standards Agency reminded the audience of import controls in place to protect the UK customer.

Philippe Binard and Natalia Santos-Garcia Bernabe from Freshfel, the European trade association for the fresh produce industry, shared their perspective on the Brexit situation and future challenges of trading with the UK.

Gert Mulder of GroentenFruit Huis, the Dutch trade association reinforced the importance of Dutch trade to the UK market and our strong trading relationships.

FPC is exhibiting on stand 112 at the London Produce Show on Thursday 6 June.