"If I am acting lawfully, why should I have to hide?"

Spanish distributor of Moroccan products denounces damages and threats

A fruit and vegetable distribution company in El Ejido, Almería, accused by other Almeria-based producers of "re-labeling" products from Morocco to make them look like Spanish products, has denounced threats and damages to vehicles and the company's headquarters after the protests carried out by agricultural producers on February 18.

As explained to Europa Press by one of the company's partners, the entity has flatly denied all accusations, and has said that since the company's foundation eight years ago, the products of Moroccan origin have been marketed openly, legally and with all the necessary controls.

"Since 2012, when we started with a rented warehouse, the majority shareholder has always been a Moroccan producer who has his farms, his warehouse and his trucks, and what we do here is be in charge of the logistics part, distributing in Spain and other parts of Europe," said the head of the company.

The entrepreneur said that the Government of Andalusia "has never started a disciplinary proceeding against us" as far as quality control or fraudulent practices are concerned.

Likewise, he said that the company has consistently refused to conduct business with "considerable volumes" with other companies that have proposed the re-labeling of the goods, which would be impossible to do. "I can't change the labeling because I don't have a Spanish production; all my goods go through customs."

"Someone has spread a hoax that has become too big and they are hurting us," he said, lamenting that the threats motivated by his commercial activity have extended to his family environment. "Since yesterday, I have been forced to use a rental car, because I'm afraid to use my own," he said after the attacks, in which stones, and not just vegetables, were used, followed by graffiti accusing them of being 'traitors'".

The company has argued in favor of the "legality" of its activity, which is regulated under customs and sales controls, and which is done openly. "The trucks are labeled with the names of the company in Morocco, that of Almeria and that of the transport company. Everything I do is legal and I am acting lawfully, so why should I have to hide?" said the entrepreneur.


Source: Europa Press / lavanguardia.com

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