British consumers would pay up to 20% more for fresh produce

Expensive Spanish fruit with No-deal Brexit

The Spanish business association Afrucat has calculated that British consumers would have to pay up to 20% more for Spanish fruit in case of a No-deal Brexit.

In recent years, on average 325,000 tonnes of fruit have been exported from Spain to the United Kingdom each year. These were mainly mandarins, oranges, peaches and nectarines, as well as apples. The UK is not very important as exporting country for Spain, with 5% of all their exports. For the UK itself, however, Spanish imports are significant: with nectarines and peaches, the share of Spanish goods in British supermarkets is 80%.

High import duties
With a no-deal Brexit, prices for those fruits would rise, according to the media release from Afrucat. Price increases could be up to 16% for mandarins and oranges, 18% for peaches and nectarines, 9% for apples and pears and 20% for apricots. The reason for this would be higher import duties.


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