November 10, 2017

Ban Lifted – Vegetable Exports To The EU

As from 1st January 2018, Ghana farmers and exporters will be able to resume exports of all plant commodities to the European Union (EU) market. This follows the European Commission’s decision to lift the current ban on the exports of five plant commodities from Ghana to the European Union market on 31st October, 2017 according to a statement from the European Union.

The five Ghanaian plants (chili pepper, bottle gourds, luffa gourds, bitter gourds and eggplants) will as from 1st January, 2018, have duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market like any agricultural products from Ghana. The five commodities will have to fulfill the EU phytosanitary legislation to ensure they are free from quarantine pests.

This decision follows an audit undertaken from 12th to 21st September, 2017 by the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission and the evaluation of the number of import interceptions with quarantine pests notified by member states for commodities not subject to the ban. This outcome has been possible thanks to combined efforts of the Plant Protection and Regulatory Service Department (PPRSD), the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) and several development partners including the EU through Trade Related Assistance and Quality Enabling Program (TRAQUE), the German Development Assistance (GIZ), the Netherlands Embassy through the Ghana Vegetable Project and USAID.

GEPA is putting a Programme in place to work with these partners to provide continuous training for farmers and exporters to keep abreast with trends and requirements of the EU market for fresh products.

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