Which Impact Does Brexit Have on The Fruit and Vegetable Sector?


Which Impact Does Brexit Have on The Fruit and Vegetable Sector?

The impending Brexit on the 29th of March 2019 brings a lot of uncertainty for entrepreneurs who are doing business with the United Kingdom. With 600.000 lorries crossing the Canal each year, the UK is our most important trade partner after Germany. What happens when the UK leaves the European internal market and customs union, and free transport of fruit and vegetables is no longer an option?

Will Brexit Cause Miles of Tailback at The Border?

Customs formalities like duties and control, could lead to miles of tailback on both sides of the Canal. The situation after Brexit will not only cost more time, but more money and more (administrative) work too.

On the 7th of November, the GroentenFruit Huis and NBCC organise the Brexit Forum for their members and invited guests. Here, they will discuss the latest developments, give advice and provide the opportunity to pose questions to representatives of the Dutch government and customs, and to the GroentenFruit Huis.

The Brexit Loket and the Brexit Impact Scan

For entrepreneurs, it is important not to wait, but start preparing right now. Which impact does Brexit have on their business? Next to gathering information at various conferences, the online Brexit Loket [https://www.brexitloket.nl] can also be consulted. Here, entrepreneurs can conduct a Brexit Impact Scan and receive additional personal advice on how to handle the new situation.

A Shortage of Fresh Vegetables and Fruit in the UK?

In the UK too, people should start adapting to the new situation. 60 million British consumers are used to buying a wide variety of fruit and vegetables year-round. This could change after Brexit. The fact that there has not been taken any initiative to increase local production or deal with labour shortages, makes it even more distressing for British retailers and consumers. For their daily supply of fruit and vegetables, they are still dependent on imported (European) fresh produce.

DOOR Partners / Prominent keeps an eye on the recent development; both on a European and a British level. Curious to know more? We are keen to tell you more. Do not hesitate to get in touch with Wim van den Berg of DOOR Partners / Prominent: w.vandenberg@doorpartners.nl or +31 (0)6 5756 4346.

The sales, marketing and quality control of Prominent tomatoes are handled by Door Partners B.V. This sales subsidiary forms part of the Grower Cooperative DOOR U.A.

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