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Ukraine sent batches of different garlic varieties to the UK

The Garlic Producers Association of Ukraine has begun to cooperate with British entrepreneurs in the exports of garlic according to the head of projects for the association Julianna Mussa, reports AgroPortal.ua.

“For half a year, negotiations were conducted regarding Ukrainian varieties and the quality of the product itself. The UK withdrew from the EU in 2020, but trade rules have remained unchanged for now. In 2021, the UK is changing the rules of trade. If we are talking about the study of this product, then this is not the first time people are interested in Ukrainian garlic,” says Julianna Mussa.

When exporting in 2020, a Euro-1 phytosanitary certificate or a certificate of origin and certificates of the relevant authorities were needed upon request, but GLOBALG.A.P. certification remains preferred. “Without a GLOBALG.A.P. certificate. it will be difficult to get garlic on the market shelf,” notes Ms. Mussa.

Read also: Rising shipping costs negatively affect the export of garlic from China

She added that the following varieties of garlic were sent to the United Kingdon: Lyubasha, Lyubava Tavricheskaya, Kharkovsky Violet, Duchess, Sofievsky, and Irene.

“Soon we expect a positive answer because some countries question the quality of Chinese garlic and the cultivation process itself: how it is grown, what is added, what fertilizers are applied, and how the final product is processed. The fundamental problems for Ukrainian garlic producers are proper storage and proper transportation. Storing vegetables remains a big problem for Ukrainian farmers and cooperatives,” says Julianna Mussa.

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