UK fresh produce sector profits from FPC lobbying

Fruit and vegetable imports will be excluded from safety checks

After extensive lobbying by FPC, the UK government has opted to omit those goods from the so-called “medium-risk category” laid out in the UK’s new Border Target Operating Model (TOM) draft issued early in April. This means that fresh produce imports into the UK from the EU will be excluded from safety checks under new border proposals in a move welcomed by the industry body.

Since the publication of the Target Operating Model in early April, FPC have engaged consistently with Defra since Brexit in 2016 to forewarn of the impacts of their original and revised border strategy.

Had the industry been forced to adopt the proposed Target Operating Model businesses would have faced inspection at Border Control Posts or Control Points at levels as high as 3% for each consignment (not vehicle) of ’Medium Risk’ fruit and vegetables imported from the EU, causing significant disruption.


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