EU-Canada trade accord: a good deal for farmers

EU-Canada trade accord: a good deal for farmers

 

Ewa-Bis is a fruit and vegetable exporter based in Warsaw. The company was founded in 1987 by Marek Marzec who grew up in his family orchard in Sandomierz, Poland. It was there he learned the basics of growing fruit trees and planted the seeds to his future career.

Ewa-Bis now employs more than 200 people and turned over more than €22 million in 2015. The company’s products are sold in 25 countries around the world with help from fruit producers from regions all over Poland. Thanks to EU funding obtained in 2014, Ewa-Bis is now fully equipped with a business-to-business IT system which has helped it increase turnover and develop a database of suppliers and customers around the world.

The company has already taken advantage of the EU’s trade agreements, most recently with the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement signed at the beginning of 2015 from which it has garnered a 3% increase in sales.

Marek Marzec believes, however, that the EU-Canada trade agreement holds most promise for his business. Canada is a market Marzec has been trying to crack for some time although high regulatory and bureaucratic barriers have not made that easy. CETA tackles a whole range of issues to make business with Canada much easier for European companies of all sizes. Applied, it offers EU firms more and better business opportunities in Canada and support jobs in Europe.

Ewa-Bis is not alone in searching for new directions for international trade in the fruit and vegetable sector. In 2015, Poland produced around 3.2 million tonnes of apples, the largest producer in the EU. In the minds of Polish producers, the expectation is that CETA will prove fruitful.

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