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Copa and Cogeca warn EU Commission about USA plans to impose measures against Spanish olive imports

Copa and Cogeca warn EU Commission about USA plans to impose measures against Spanish olive imports

2017/26/07 - Copa and Cogeca sent a letter to the EU Commission today warning against USA plans to impose antidumping measures on imports of Spanish black table olives, saying that it amounts to protectionism.

Copa and Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen urged the Commission to take the matter seriously as such action risks jeopardizing thousands of jobs in Spain and deepening the economic crisis there.


“Copa and Cogeca consider it unacceptable that the main EU agri-food export market – the USA - can impose protectionist measures against our products without justification. It could set a dangerous precedent for other production sectors and other EU trade partners and prevents USA consumers from enjoying our quality produce at affordable prices ”, he warned.


According to our information, the U.S. Department of Commerce has opened up an investigation into imports to the USA of table olives from Spain, on the grounds that the olives are undercutting domestic production and amount to unfair competition as Spanish producers receive aid under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Moreover, the USA Administration is planning to impose the measures against the imports as early on as September, even before the investigation led by the Department of Commerce is concluded. Copa and Cogeca argue that the only reason Spanish producers can produce black table olives so competitively is due to their efforts to reduce production costs, combined with investment in key issues like quality technology. Cooperatives also play an important role as they provide services to farmers using economies of scale.

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