07 September 2023
Consortium helps secure a more promising future for fresh produce entering UK.
THE Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) has played a pivotal role in securing a more promising and sustainable future for fresh produce entering the UK from the European Union.
Through its lobbying efforts, the FPC has influenced key governmental decisions that have led to the elimination of pre-notification requirements and UK border inspections for EU fresh produce. These changes are expected to save the industry millions annually, thereby benefiting both the sector and consumers.
Chief Executive of the Fresh Produce Consortium, Nigel Jenney, said: "FPC welcomes the publication of the final Border Target Operating Model. It's clear, the Government has acted upon our concerns and will now implement a unique border approach for the benefit of consumers and industry.
"This focused, risk-based approach will reinforce UK biosecurity and promote self-regulation to minimise supply chain disruption. Let's be clear, challenges remain. However, this is a bold step forward to achieve our ambition to become a world-leading destination of choice promoting imports and exports of fantastic fresh produce."
The FPC has also been instrumental in shaping a more risk-based, industry-focused approach to biosecurity. This new paradigm aims to minimise disruptions in the supply chain, thereby ensuring that fresh produce reaches UK consumers in the best possible condition.
The government's willingness to listen to FPC's concerns and act upon them signifies a more collaborative relationship between policymakers and industry leaders, a relationship that is crucial for navigating the complexities of international trade and biosecurity, according to FPC.
FPC has been at the forefront of developing long-term solutions that not promote biosecurity and minimise the impact on responsible companies. This includes working on effective inspection solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), group consignments, and facilitating the immediate approval of responsible companies to complete their own official inspections.
These nuanced approaches are designed to make the UK a more attractive destination for EU and Rest of the World exporters, thereby enriching the variety and quality of goods available to British consumers.
Looking ahead, the FPC is keen to continue its work in shaping a future-proof framework for the industry. Public awareness initiatives are in the pipeline, and the organisation is actively engaging with stakeholders from a diverse range of sectors to ensure that the sweeping changes are well-understood and effectively implemented.
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