08.10.2020

World Horti Center organises webinar about Brexit

Experts talk about the effects on the horticultural sector on Thursday, 29 October from 3 pm until 5 pm.

Brexit becomes a hard fact on 31 December 2020 and it will have major consequences for the production and trade of fresh produce for the UK market. Brexit will lead to new borders and higher import costs, more complex procedures and checks. This will create considerable pressure on the market and the economic consequences will be profound. This upcoming webinar offers expertise from different horticultural organisations, provides insight into the current position of the sector and will elaborate on the ways we still have to prepare ourselves.

Suse van Kleef will be the moderator. Together with the experts, she will explain with all her expertise and flair what the current situation means for the Dutch horticultural sector. She is UK correspondent for the NOS news channel and the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper since 2016. In recent years, the focus of her work has been on Brexit and its consequences for the Netherlands.

Featured experts

Nigel Jenney of Fresh Produce Consortium, the trade association in the United Kingdom, will share his vision on the development of the fresh produce market. How do our British trading partners view Brexit?

Royal FloraHolland has carried out an impact analysis that shows that the more expensive Dutch horticultural products will have a major impact on the market and our competitive position in the United Kingdom. Eline van den Berg of Royal FloraHolland speaks about this.

Stefan Koopman of Rabobank will talk about the value of the British pound and whether the currency will be able to recover, or whether the current weak level is here to stay. He also offers insight into the macro-economic effects of Brexit.

Gert Mulder is Brexit coordinator at Fresh Produce Centre and foresees major logistical problems for fruit and vegetables exported to the United Kingdom. He will present different solutions and scenarios.

Winand Quaedvlieg, permanent delegate on behalf of BusinessEurope in Brussels, outlines the political view on Brexit. Without rules and regulations, nobody knows what to expect and free movement of goods will cease to exist. ‘A disaster for the trade and we must therefore prepare ourselves for severe external and internal challenges’, Quaedvlieg states.

World Horti Center organises the webinar for all growers, trading companies and suppliers that do business with the United Kingdom but also for interested parties who want to know what the economic consequences will be for fresh products in other European countries. There are no costs for taking part; you can register through the button below.