French block­ade af­fects orange ex­ports

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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

sit­u­a­tion.

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