Even though tomato imports from Morocco are subject to a preferential quota in the European Union, the data shows that the volume purchased by the Community is higher than the volume established in the EU-Morocco Association Agreement. MEP Clara Aguilera, a socialist spokesperson for the Committee on Agriculture in the European Parliament, has demanded the European Commission explain why it is allowing these increases in imports of Moroccan tomatoes.
"Moroccan tomato exports to the EU continue to grow and are expected to surpass 500,000 tons in this 2020/2021 campaign, which is way over the planned preferential quota of 285,000 tons," the MEP stressed.
Aguilera asked the Commission if it was aware of these facts, which have been denounced by the Spanish sector, and, if so, why it allows the quota that pays no tariffs to be breached amidst the campaign in Andalusia.
This oversupply is causing disturbances in the market, the Spanish sector pointed out. Last year the quota was widely exceeded and the established amount was doubled. In addition, the sector denounced that, based on the database of the European Commission's Taxation and Customs Union, the volume of European imports of tomato from Morocco under quota (up to February 17) had amounted to 31,939 tons, when the total volume for the month of February 2020 was 28,550 tons.
"There already was a 12% increase over the same month of the previous campaign, even before February was over," Aguilera said.