Weeks of disruption sparked by the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) anti-fuel tax movement, have apparently led to a downturn in sales. Protests in France against a proposed increase in fuel taxes next month, have reportedly caused significant problems for the fresh produce business in Italy and Spain.

Distribution centres have apparently experienced similar difficulties. In Turin, however, some wholesalers with import-export interests in France, said the worst effects of the protests appeared to be over. In Spain, meanwhile, citrus exporters in Valencia reportedly described the episode as “traumatic”, with industry body Freshuelva noting there had been problems with the first shipments of early raspberries.

Export association Fepex called on the European Commission to demand that France adhere to EU regulations on free movement between member states. Click here to read the full article. Fruit Net