As an EU member state, Britain has exported 30,000t of seed worth £13.5m to mainland Europe each winter. However, after 31 December, Britain will be classified under EU trade rules as a “third country” unless a trade deal is reached with the EU. Specific agreements must be in place for a third country to deal with the EU trading bloc.
The resulting “third country equivalence” recognises that a crop or product meets plant health (phytosanitary) and production standards. To date, the UK has failed to secure such an agreement.
Source: Farmers Weekly. Read the full article here
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