In today’s article we talk about duties in the United States, the CETA, and the threats to our best food products. A very current topic, especially after the recent visit of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Rome: on the agenda is the increase of the customs duties on European products and, in particular, on Italian food products.
The United States is the main foreign market for the Italian agri-food sector. In 2019 exportations to the United States have grown by about 5%, a sign of an ever-increasing appreciation of overseas consumers towards Italian food & beverage. But the threat of new and heavy customs duties imposed by the American government risks to seriously jeopardise the export of Italian-made products. It would be not only the manufacturing companies to pay the price, but also the good name of our agri-food products: the collapse in sales due to the tax increase would, indeed, favour the Italian-sounding business, that is already widespread in the States.
According to the U.S. plan, the Italian food products that would be hit the worst would be: cooked ham, cheese (especially Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana Padano, Pecorino Romano and Provolone), fruit and vegetables (excluding tomato). Still out of the wave, at least for now, are Prosciutto di Parma and San Daniele ham, our exquisite olive oil, pasta and wines. Duties will also increase for alcoholic beverages, and this raises concerns given the great appeal of Italian drinks in the U.S. In short, in a few weeks, a spritz in New York could be very, very expensive.
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As stressed by Coldiretti, Italian food excellence is under attack. Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano are the most imitated Italian food products in the world. From the United States to Australia, the now known (and fake) Parmesan is considered an authentic ‘made in Italy’ product from local consumers. Not to mention the Brazilian Parmesao, the Uruguayan Parmesao, the Argentinian Reggianito or the South American Gran Pampeana.
The proliferation of fake Italian food products is not only favoured by the customs raise. The other serious threat to Italian food products excellence in the food & beverage sector is called CETA. It is a free trade agreement concerning the exchange of goods with Canada. An agreement that, in fact, legitimises food piracy, allowing fake products coming from overseas to invade the European market. In spite of the pleas of manufacturers and of many associations, our Country’s government has not yet implemented significant measures to counter this agreement.
On the contrary, it seems that Teresa Bellanova, the new minister of Agriculture, has expressed her favourable opinion towards the CETA. In this regard, we want to highlight the battle of a young Italian entrepreneur, Stefano Caccavari, who is highly committed to raise the awareness of consumers and operators of the sector about the huge damage caused by the CETA. Not only Italian food products excellence products are in danger, but also public health in our Country.
Here at Bell Italia we commit daily to allow Italian food and non-food products to get on the shelves of supermarkets all around the world. We create specials and guarantee our customers a pre- and after-sales service of the best quality. Certificates of origin, customs documents, logistic support, relabelling of the wares in other languages.
Those are just some of the essential services we take care of, to allow our partners to import correctly, smoothly and without risk any product, and to receive it in a short time, wherever they are. Thanks to Bell Italia, every day about 3 containers of Italian food products reach the foreign markets: from the United States to Northern Europe, from China to Russia. We are ambassadors of the Italian excellence, as well as an always updated showcase of the best Italian food products, of the new launches on the market, of the trends of our nice Country.
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We share the hope that our Government commits to defend the Made in Italy against the threats that risk everyday to damage Italian food products excellence in the food sector.