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Published on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:31
Written by José Alberto Gutiérrez Gutiérrez
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There are different things you need to know before importing fruits and vegetables.


Phytosanitary measures


First of all, you as importer must check if a product requires a Phytosanitary Certificate and/or a Plant Health Movement Document (PHMD) to be allowed entry into the European Union (EU). The phytosanitary certificate confirms that the goods have been inspected in their country of origin and meet EU standards on pests and diseases.



It is very important to make sure that the product you want to import into your country not exceed the Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) as well as any other deficiencies.


In this concern the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) receives notifications about incidences of the fruits and vegetables entry into the EU Members States from the own European Union or non-member countries. For more information click here.


Secondly, check if your exporting partner has any certificate of quality, the most important are GLOBAL GAP and AENOR.


Know your partner


When you establish a first contact with a new producing company is very important for you to get all the relevant information about him.


-          Visit its website and check which kind of products they produce

-          Know a little bit about its history and its partners and growers

-          Know its facilities, methods of cultivation, biological control, use of pesticides

-          Ask them about their production process, way of packaging and treatment given to the final product

-          Figure out the volume of product they can provide you with

-          Find out if that company counts on any kind of quality certification

-          Contrast all this information


Select the right producer for your company


Before the only way of getting all this relevant information about a producing company was visiting its website and establishing contact with him.


But now you can get all that information about different producers and get to know the final price at your destination for the product/s you are interested in for each of them very easily.


For example, imagine your company is interested in buying two, four or ten pallets of courgette, aubergine,  cucumber or whatever. Then you need to know which producing companies can offer you those pallets, get all the relevant information about those companies and their products and get to know the final price at your destination for each of them in order to make the right decision.


Undoubtedly, get to know all this information is not mandatory, but is the most reliable way to import vegetables.


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