EU removes ban on Ghanaian vegetables
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 (EU) market on October 31, 2017, according to a statement from the EU.
The five Ghanaian plants (chilli pepper, bottle gourds, luffa gourds, bitter gourds and eggplants) will from January 1, 2018, have duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market like any other product from Ghana.
The five commodities will have to fulfil the EU phytosanitary legislation to ensure the freedom of quarantine pests.
This decision follows an audit undertaken from 12 to 21 September 2017 by the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission and the evolution of the numbers of import interceptions with quarantine pests notified by Member States for commodities not subject to the ban. ■