EU agri-food imports support supply chains
Jan 21 2022
During the 2005-2018 period, EU agri-food imports became mainly composed of raw and intermediate products, with the share of finished products declining. Their origin also evolved, undergoing a diversification process. The share of imports from European (non-EU) and Southeast Asian countries increased, while those from South America declined in relative terms. Overall, the impact of agri-food imports is mainly complementary to EU production, with limited replacement. These are among the key findings from the “Study on agri-food imports and their role in the EU supply chains” published today by the European Commission.
The study found that, for some products, the reliance of imports suggests potential exposure to some supply chain risks and that value chain actors were affected differently by the increase in agri-food imports.