New regulation concerning the import of plant products will come into effect as of 1st January 2018. Under this regulation, all tomatoes imported into the EU, regardless of their country of origin, must have phytosanitary certificates issued by the competent authorities. Therefore, starting from 1st January, tomatoes will be subject to a phytosanitary control at the points of entry of the European Union.
In Morocco, the European commission works closely with the National Office of health security of food products (ONSSA) to accompany the professionals of the agricultural sector to adapt to the new import conditions. It provides the ONSSA with TRACES, the certification system for the export of plant products in order to compensate for the additional administrative work linked to the issuance of the new phytosanitary certificates. Training workshops on the use of the TRACES system phytosanitary module are being organised from 19 to 22 December in Casablanca and Agadir, Morocco, and target professionals of the agricultural sector.
While document controls will apply to all the certificates presented, the physical control will involve only 5% of the volume of imported tomatoes from Morocco, due to the present satisfactory phytosanitary situation of the production of tomatoes in Morocco. Morocco is included on the list of the countries which benefit from reduced control on the export of tomatoes towards the EU.