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Abrafrigo asks the government for efforts in trade and diplomatic negotiations to avoid collapse in the export sector

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In a letter sent on the 14th to the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Tereza Cristina Corrrea da Costa Dias, the Brazilian Refrigerators Association (ABRAFRIGO) is asking the government to intensify its efforts in terms of trade and diplomatic negotiations, including with the World Organization do Comércio, in order to demonstrate the misunderstandings surrounding legislative proposals with environmental restrictions that are underway in the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States “aiming to deconstruct them and safeguarding the highest commercial interests in Brazil”. The letter was also sent to the Ministers of Economy, Foreign Affairs and the Environment.

According to the organization, which brings together companies responsible for more than 50% of Brazilian beef production, the initiatives in these countries against deforestation in Brazil “have been causing great apprehension in several Brazilian agro-export sectors, and especially in the beef segment, since, if the aforementioned legislation is approved, the companies that buy the Brazilian product will start to demand stricter controls and certifications, inevitably raising compliance costs and may even make the production of several industries and agricultural producers unfeasible ”.

Recently, the UK Government opened a public consultation in order to collect subsidies with a view to drafting new legislation that aims to inspect large companies that import agricultural products for risks related to forest deforestation. “Concerning is the fact that this model of legislation, proposed by the United Kingdom, may also be adopted by other important trading partners in Brazil, which could result in a domino effect that could lead to incalculable losses to Brazilian agribusiness and foreign trade ”, Says ABRAFRIGO. "It is necessary to emphasize that Brazil has one of the most restrictive and strict environmental legislation in the world, which puts Brazilian agricultural production at a higher level in terms of environmental requirements compared to our main international competitors", says the entity.

Source: Notícias Agrícolas