French blockade affects orange exports
The blocking of roads that French protesters are conducting is delaying orange exports from Castellón,
By Joe Wickman THE BLOCKING of roads that French protesters are conducting is delaying orange exports from Castellón, further damaging what was already shaping up to be a lacklustre year for farmers.
Increasing petrol prices have prompted France residents to hit the streets and show their discontent. One of the ways to get their voice heard has been to shut down numerous roads in the country, and one of the consequences affects our workers.
Farmers were already concerned for the 2018 season following the bouts of rain, the increase in imports of South African oranges and lower ove- rall prices, and this is yet another stone in their shoe.
The blockade has led to delivery delays of ‘ two or three days’, a setback which has only lightly affected ceramic exports, but which is much more harmful for perishable goods such as oranges.
Up to 99% of orange exports to the rest of Europe are carried out with lorries through France, but thousands of vehicles are being trapped in Cataluña, near the border. The European Union’s Fruit and Vegetables Trade Association, EUCOFEL, has formally requested the European Commission to intervene and help alleviate the