Scottish seed potatoes rejected by Egypt, industry mulls international trade risks – Potato News Today

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A valuable shipment of premium Scottish seed potatoes are believed to have been sent back from Egypt, at a cost estimated by traders at around £1.5million.

As Nancy Nicolson reports for The Courier, it is understood that 1,500 tonnes of Hermes seed potatoes from five or six suppliers are currently in limbo in Alexandria, after the shipment was rejected by Egyptian authorities because missed the December export deadline by one day.

The companies believed to be involved did not respond to calls, but industry insiders say the combined price of potatoes, shipping and the shipment back to the UK would be around £1.5 million.

The news emerged as leading Scottish seed potato exporters told an online conference that the risks of international trade now outweigh the benefits.

According to Sandy McGowan of Cygnet PEP Ltd, based in Milnathort: “We had the opportunity to supply several hundred tonnes of seed to a customer in North Africa which was not Egypt and we could not find the logistics solution, but the Dutch exporters put 7,000 tonnes of seed on this market.

Source: The mail. Read the full story here
Photo: Egypt is an important destination for Scottish seed potato exporters. Courtesy of the Courier

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