Once again, Spanish farmers intercept Moroccan vegetable trucks.

Hiba Press

A Moroccan trade unionist said that on Tuesday, Spanish farmers intercepted Moroccan trucks loaded with vegetables heading to Europe, amid a surge in protests by farmers in several European countries demanding what they see as rights subsistence and financial. El Shargi El Hashemi, head of the General Union of Transport Professionals, said that “Spanish farmers continue to attack foreigners and goods trucks crossing their territory, especially those coming from Morocco”. He explained that “Spanish farmers first intercepted Moroccan vegetable trucks about three weeks ago, and it happened again this morning.”

El Hashemi called on the Moroccan government to “intervene to protect Moroccan transport companies and investors, while Europeans must respect international trade agreements and those signed with Morocco.” No information was available on the number of trucks intercepted Tuesday or the extent of any losses.

During a press conference with his French counterpart Stéphane Séjourné, in Rabat on Monday, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita criticized the interception of trucks transporting Moroccan goods to Europe. He described the targeting of products from the southern Mediterranean to European Union countries as “irrational,” noting that agricultural imports from Morocco to the Union exceed exports.

He specified that the European Union has a surplus of around 600 million euros in the agricultural sector with Morocco, and achieves a surplus of around 10 million euros in its trade in general with the kingdom. Protesting farmers in most European countries are calling on governments to help them improve their situation, to apply tax exemptions on local crops, to stop what they see as a policy of dumping with cheap foreign products, and to impose taxes on imported crops.

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