The EU should seek Mercosur's commitment to the prompt removal of the existing SPS and non-tariff barriers impeding EU agri-food experts to Mercosur. Celcaa also calls for agri sensitive products to be excluded from full liberalisation of the market acces April 26, 2016

The EU should seek Mercosur’s commitment to the prompt removal of the existing SPS and non-tariff barriers impeding EU agri-food exports to Mercosur in parallel of the exchange of offers that will take place in May 2016. Press release is available here

As the European Commission intends to exchange tariff offers with Mercosur in May 2016, CELCAA, the European Umbrella association representing the trade in agricultural commodities, urges the Commission to secure a commitment on running parallel negotiations to promptly removed SPS and non-tariff barriers that impede EU agri-food exports. Celcaa also calls for agricultural sensitive products to be excluded from the full liberalization of the market access negotiations. 


CELCAA Secretary-General, Pascale Rouhier, said “From the start, the EU agri-food chain has been a strong supporter of an ambitious EU-Japan FTA. I hope that expectations from the sector will be met in terms of tariffs elimination, and the removal of non-tariff barriers impacting EU exports. We also welcome the fact that Japan has agreed to recognise the EU system of Geographical Indications (GIs) to protect our agri-food products from imitations. Such a deal could result in a significant increase in our exports of high-value added products to Japan”.

Press release is available here