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Parliamentary questions
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4 February 2020
P-004382/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Hogan
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-004382/2019

The interests of the European Union's (EU) economic sectors, including the citrus fruits sector, are taken into account in each trade negotiation. This was also the case in the negotiations with the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Although South Africa is the biggest source of EU imports of oranges, these imports take place mostly outside the EU harvest season (from 1 June to 15 October). Imports during the period of progressive tariff reduction, i.e. from 16 October to 30 November, remain very limited and have been decreasing.

Between 16 October and 30 November 2017, the EU imported 16,850 tonnes of fresh sweet oranges from South Africa. In the same period of 2018, such imports decreased by 39% to 10 253 tonnes and declined again by 26% to 7 605 tonnes in 2019. While the average import unit value between 16 October and 30 November 2018 was EUR 573 per tonne, it increased to EUR 644 per tonne in the same period of 2019.

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