Parallel trade in plant protection products
The Agricultural Press cautions against illegal
Scary stories ...
Tempers flare. Inconsistent
prices, but also scary stories are
It is grey or it is black,
but in any case, it is never all white as
appropriately described by some.
It would escape all control
and endanger our crops, or even our health.
Of course, illegal traffic of
PPP is a reality. Nevertheless, are we
really completely at its mercy?
must be able to give written
commitment that their products meet the
conditions of approval supporting the
parallel trade permit.
You may request from your
supplier evidence of effective traceability.
Favour PPP that are presented
in their original packaging, not repackaged,
but simply over-labelled with the English
text. Take exceptionally good deals from
trusted sources only.
At night all cats are grey, yet …
According to Europol, counterfeit pesticides
are now at the heart of well-organized
trafficking. This illegal market would
represent 5-10% of the European market,
which amounts to about $ 10 billion per year
Illegal products can be dangerous to handle,
damage crop or harm the environment, they
can further generate residues in the food
chain. They jeopardise risk mitigation
policies that are implemented. As for the
State, they can cause losses of tax revenue.
As a matter of fact, the low margin
generated by licit parallel trade, and the
regulatory constraints to which it submits
itself, make it the first victim of illegal
trafficking, whether the latter is resulting
from infringement or non-compliance with
Maintain a credible alternative !
The professional parallel importer unrelated
to the manufacturer and the holder of the
marketing authorization of the reference
product in the United Kingdom, acts
independently from the latter’s distribution
network. He offers real competition, albeit
limited in price or volume, yet credible and
All too often parallel trade is perceived as
corrupt and mercantile, unfairly predatory
and harmful to the research capacity of
innovative firms. The truth is that through
its systematic screening of new specialties
and its market positioning, parallel trade
is not only the watchdog of price and
competition, it could also win its titles of
nobility for holding the key to achieving,
finally, the harmonisation of the EU single
market for PPP.
Nothing can indeed justify that farmers in
different Member States of the EU cannot
have access to the same PPP in terms of
efficiency, safety, environmental protection