In Spain, a strike by road hauliers is looming, causing concern among fruit and vegetable exporters in both Spain and Morocco. Indeed, workers in the Spanish transport sector in the majority of their unions, vote this Sunday on the need to organize a new strike due to rising fuel costs.
Spanish fruit and vegetable exporters but not that, since further south in another Kingdom we are dependent on this movement whose threat is thinly veiled, are preparing for further disruption after truckers announced their intention of a transport strike soon.
If the call for a new transport strike materializes, pending its ratification on Sunday, it will be 250,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables intended for export and 200,000 tonnes intended for the Spanish national market, i.e. 250,000 million euros thrown away. , with the export value of fresh fruit and vegetables in one week of July and approximately 280,000 million euros, approximately, on the national market each week, indicates the Spanish Association of Producers and Exporters of fruits and vegetables in Spain, Fepex.
The products most affected both in Spain and in Morocco will be summer fruits and in particular peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums and cherries due to their extremely perishable nature, melon and watermelon being also concerned which, although less perishable than stone fruits, in the months of June, July and August reaches the peak of production and export.
Vegetables will also be affected mainly tomato, pepper and lettuce. For this reason, the Association considers that the fruit and vegetable production and export sector, which is decisive for the social and economic sustainability of the production areas, will be seriously affected and will be one of the most affected by a future strike, because they are products whose collection and marketing cannot be postponed, July being, moreover, a month of maximum activity.
It is therefore considered essential that “free transit” of perishable products be respected. And there we are, the free transit of perishable products! Transit also concerns Moroccan products, there is no doubt that the few Moroccan truckers working in this activity will be affected.
The warning through this application ” the transport sector not to subject society to a new threat is crystal clear and puts the entire food industry on a war footing. The Spanish agri-food chain stressed that the sector is in the middle of the summer fruit campaign and that a large part of its production is destined for international markets, and that a strike would mean that there would be no response to international demand and this would result in the loss of export destinations.
From the latter, Morocco would not benefit so much, because let it be said, it remains dependent on the nourishing hand of Spain, which it provides in the same way as Europe with a manna in tons of fruit. and vegetables and on which it is also sometimes dependent on transport (transhipment of goods at the borders of the two countries).