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Tomato exports from Ukraine have increased enormously

From 1.894 tonnes to more than 40.000 tonnes in 2017: possibility of suspending the concessions granted by UE?

UE question by MP Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso (PPE) and Gabriel Mato (PPE)

Answer given by Mr Phil Hogan on behalf of the European Commission (26.4.2019).

The European Union has granted Ukrainian processed tomato products (CN 2002) a 10.000 tonnes quota under the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). In addition, EU has opened a 3.000 tonnes quota for processed tomato products from Ukraine under the autonomous trade measures (ATMs) in force since 1 October 2017. While the imports of processed tomatoes from Ukraine increased between 2014 and 2018 (from 11.000 to 40.000 tonnes), total EU imports of processed tomatoes during the same period decreased from 281.000 to 260.000 tonnes. 

While the DCFTA concessions are bilateral and of permanent nature, the ATM concessions are unilateral and valid only for 3 years since their entry into force. The decision of granting or prolonging ATMs is based on a variety of factors, including assessing the competitiveness of the concerned sector in the EU. The European Commission is closely following the evolution of trade with Ukraine; the end of the period of validity of the ATMs will offer the opportunity to assess the situation of the market in this specific sector. As regards trade in processed tomatoes, Polish exports of processed tomatoes to the other Member States are stabilised around 15.000 tonnes since 2016 and to the rest of the world around 2000 tonnes since 2014. 

See below the Question for written answer 20/2/2019  to the Commission by Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso (PPE) and Gabriel Mato (PPE)

Subject:    Tomato exports from Ukraine

The first preferential quota for Ukrainian tomato products came into force in April 2014. Since then, tomato exports from Ukraine have increased from 1.894 tonnes to more than 40.000 tonnes in 2017, significantly in excess of Ukraine’s quota of 13.000 tonnes. In Spain, the second-highest producer in the EU after Italy, serious concerns are being raised as to the damage that tomato exports from Ukraine could cause to the sector. What is more, tomato exports from Poland, which is the largest importer of tomatoes from Ukraine, are increasing exponentially, having jumped from 3.800 tonnes in 2012 to 21.370 tonnes in 2017. 

Has the Commission reviewed the issue of Ukrainian exports and the possibility of suspending the concessions granted to Ukraine, with a view to halting the damage that the massive exports are causing to EU tomato growers?

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