Andalusia’s Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development has called on the European Union to seek a “fast track” deal for perishable food being exported to the United Kingdom.
There are numerous agri-food products that are perishable and cannot wait at customs.
The U.K. formally left the E.U. on January 31 but will remain in the single market and continue to obey European laws until the end of 2020. For the rest of the year, the two will work out a trade deal that will define their new relationship.
In a recent speech, Carmen Crespo called on the Spanish government to lobby Brussels for a deal that would allow customs paperwork on perishable food exports to the U.K. to be processed within the country.
This measure would allow agricultural goods, such as table olives and olive oil, to arrive on supermarket shelves without a lengthy delay at the border.
“There are numerous agri-food products that are perishable and cannot wait at customs,” Crespo said.
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Negotiations between the U.K. and E.U. on the future deal will begin in March.