sanitary and phytosanitary measures news

EU DIRECTIVE 2019/523 entered into force on September 1 affects Ukranian apples, pears and tomatoes

EU fruit importers refuse to purchase apples and pears from Ukraine and other countries outside the European Union due to the entry into force of Directive (EU) 2019/523 (COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DIRECTIVE (EU) 2019/523 of 21 March 2019 amending Annexes I to V to Council Directive 2000/29/EC on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community).

Confirmation that Ukrainian apples and tomatoes are not sent to the EU from September 1, came from several exporters and producers.

The EU Directive 2019/523 was adopted on March 21, 2019. It envisages strengthening the EU protection against harmful quarantine organisms and concerns the supply of apples, pears, tomatoes, eggplant, pepper and other products. As part of the directive, from September 1, 2019, all countries outside the European Union are obliged to officially declare that they are free of certain quarantine organisms.
Given the fact that Ukraine is a country free of these organisms, since there were no cases of their detection, the competent authority of Ukraine (State Consumer Service) has officially  invited the European Commission to decide on the unimpeded import of these goods. However, at the moment, an official response has not yet been received from the European Commission, which means that these goods of plant origin cannot be delivered.

Ukrainian manufacturers are independently engaged in solving this problem. Exporters of greenhouse tomatoes and peppers at their own expense are trying to legally arrange the import into zones or regions free of these pests.

If deliveries are not unblocked, then the hypothetical losses of Ukrainian apple producers in the new season will be about $ 4-5 million, or about 15% of all export earnings. For suppliers of greenhouse vegetables from Ukraine, the EU market is even more important — it accounts for more than half of all supplies and also approximately $ 4 million per year.