The garlic sector has asked Brussels to end dumping from China and control the frozen garlic, which is brought out of quota and at low tariffs without actually being frozen. They are brought in containers at -4°C and are sold as fresh garlic.
This, according to the president of the garlic sector of Asaja Córdoba and vice president of the National Garlic Table, Miguel del Pino, who also stressed that the garlic was being sold below their production cost. They were showing Brussels that this practice was dumping, and they were asking them to stop it because, even though it cost the European sector 4 euro to freeze it, the product was entering the region at one euro."
According to Miguel del Pino, the ministries also discussed the common position of the three countries to convey to the European Union the concern regarding the suppression of plant protection products essential for the cultivation of garlic since many of them are being banned and farmers have no alternatives for treating weeds, which could ruin them.
The different ministries agreed to transfer the raw materials of the products they need to Brussels, taking into account that some of them are allowed in France and not in Spain.
According to Del Pino, the price is right, and there are practically no stocks in any of the three countries. "There is demand for garlic, and the market is reasonably good. We are waiting to see what prices and under what circumstances the Chinese garlic will come out, as China accounts for 83% of the garlic sown in the world.