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Importation of Fruits and Vegetables into the UK

Importation of Fruits and Vegetables into the UK

The UK imports fruits and vegetables from several countries around the EU community and other nations, but exports their fruits only to a few countries. The 2016 fruits and vegetable export statistics show that there was an increase in the percentage of fruits and vegetables that were imported. For the vegetables, the UK registered an 11 percent increase in the imports while for the fruits there was an 18 percent increase. The fruits that were imported to the UK in 2016 were worth £3.6 whereas the vegetables that were imported to the UK the same year were worth £2.3. Most of the fruits imported into the UK came from the EU nations.

Analysis of Fruits and Vegetable Imports in the UK
A Third of the fruits and vegetables that were imported into the UK came from Spain. The fruits that were imported from Spain include strawberries, grapes, and citrus fruit. The veggies from Spain included the Tomatoes, lettuce, Cauliflower, and broccoli. Of the remaining imports, a quarter of the vegetable imports came from the Netherlands with vegetables being the tomatoes and the sweet peppers.  The Ireland republic only exported 5.4 percent of the vegetables. The other percentage of the fruits and vegetables came from the non-EU community member, and this was South Africa. 11 percent of the fruits that came from South Africa included grapes, citrus fruits, and also the apples.

How to Import Fruits into the UK
UK government has put regulations in place to make sure that the fruits and vegetables that are imported to the UK meet the regulations. Therefore whether you are importing fresh, dried, processed, or tinned fruits, you must meet the regulations to be allowed to import into the UK. Note that the imports from outside the EU nations should comply with the overall EU regulations.

Before you begin the process of importing the fruits and vegetables to the UK you need to apply for the certificate of conformity which is issued by the Ministry of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs abbreviated DEFRA. These regulations fall under the PEACH system which can be reached through the URL http://peach.defra.gov.uk/

You will also require applying for the Common Agricultural Policy licenses that are issued by the Rural Payments Agency. Further, you will require approvals regarding food coloring, flavoring, and sweeteners which must comply with your country of origin and the EU as well. The body that is responsible for this is called the Food Standards Agency. The general regulations regarding food labeling apply also to the fruits and veggies labeling, and these can be accessed through the GOV.UK website.

Food Hygiene Pesticides and Contaminants Compliance
It is also important for the importers of fruits and vegetables to make sure that they comply with food hygiene, pesticides, and contaminant regulations. The pesticide levels compliance regulations can be accessed from the Health and Safety Executive`s and also the Chemicals Regulation Directorate. The importers should as well familiarize themselves with the Contaminants in Food regulations of 2013 through the website www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2013/oct/regulations.

For information on fruits and vegetable importers in the UK please, visit our website: www.nutrada.com
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