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22 October 2021 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 21:55 GMT+2

September 29, 2021

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European agri-food organisations are concerned about the effects of the exponential increase in the costs of Shipping

The long-term competitiveness of the EU agri-food chain

CELCAA, Copa-Cogeca and FoodDrinkEurope, the European associations representing the agricultural, food and beverage sectors, sent a letter to Flavio Coturni, head of unit Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission, in which they denounce as the exponential increase in transport costs maritime represents a highly critical situation for the agri-food trade, which concerns perishable goods. He made it known Federvini, the Italian federation of wine producers, spirits and vinegars, emphasizing that post-Covid logistics is putting world trade in difficulty.

"Today - explained CELCAA, Copa-Cogeca and FoodDrinkEurope in the letter - the lack of ability to transport leads to cost increases that cannot be absorbed by European distributors bound by long-term contracts term. For many, the current high cost of shipping in containers can have fatal outcomes, leading to the risk of failure. As the leading exporter of agri-food products (which represent in 2020 a value of 184.3 billion euros) is the EU's reputation as a trading partner is also at stake reliable'.

The three organizations highlighted the negative impact that this situation will probably have on competitiveness long-term EU agri-food chain.

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