BONN (dpa-AFX) – The German Fruit Trade Association sees the supply of fruit and vegetables from abroad at risk. The reason is the tightening of the corona entry regulation by the federal government, the association announced on Sunday in Bonn. Within a few hours, the entry conditions for the drivers of food transports were tightened to such an extent that it was hardly possible to import fruit and vegetables from Spain to Germany, for example.
Association managing director Andreas Brügger told the dpa that drivers from the specified high-risk areas such as Portugal and Spain had to present a negative PCR corona test that was not older than 72 hours when crossing the border on Sunday. In practice this is hardly feasible. “Spain is currently one of the main supplier countries for fruit and vegetables with a share of around 30 percent”, explained Brügger.
Together with other associations, the federal government was informed of the possible consequences at an early stage, “unfortunately without result”. The association called for binding regulations across Europe, as already defined in the Green Lanes Directive of the European Union. The directive provides for border crossings within the EU with special lanes that enable goods vehicles to pass through quickly. “We need a supply corridor for fresh fruit and vegetables even in Corona times, otherwise there is a risk of empty shelves in the trade,” said Brügger. / Brd / DP / edh