TelestackTBA GroupViganVan AalstPort of StocktonGeneva Dry
  • Vigan
  • Geneva Dry
  • Telestack
  • Port of South Louisiana
  • Van Aalst
  • Bühler GmbH

Joint statement commits to food supply

Joint statement commits to food supply

(Posted on 17/04/20)

“During these times of crisis, COCERAL, FEDIOL, FEFAC, their member associations and individual companies are fully committed to fulfil their core mission: to continuously supply the food and feed chain by ensuring that nutritious and safe products are available at all times to the food and livestock industry. This helps provide access to affordable food to all European citizens and adequate nutrition to animal husbandry.

The fast crisis response coordinated by the EU Commission through its Green Lanes agreement, as well as the recent G-20 declaration on COVID-19, highlighted the critical importance of maintaining global trade in food and feedstuffs.

As the current crisis has shown us, a well-functioning internal market is of vital importance in ensuring food security in Europe. Therefore, broader awareness of the crucial role of grain trade, oilseed crushing and feed production is needed at national level to address persisting key short-term challenges on transport logistics.   In this sense, long waiting times at border posts and lack of access to Personal Protective Equipment, as well as fast changing COVID-19 guidance for our workforce on manufacturing plant sites, ship crews and truck drivers remain important issues in many countries. This may still lead to disruptions and adverse impacts on the continuous flow of commodities for our strategic supply chains.

We strongly urge the European Commission and competent national authorities in Europe and in export countries to continue developing and implementing a harmonised COVID-19 guidance for the workforce of food and feed chain operators, as well as trading companies. This approach should secure the proper flow of goods and functioning of the internal market, but also imports of agricultural raw materials and ingredients.

In addition, the EU Commission and Member States need to prepare the groundwork for an orderly and coordinated step-wise way out of the crisis, including a lifting of national COVID-19 measures that will preserve an uninterrupted food and feed supply chain, which is essential to ensure food security.

COCERAL is the European association of trade in cereals, oilseeds, rice, feedstuffs, olive oil, oils and fats and agrosupply. FEDIOL, the EU vegetable oil and protein meal industry association, represents the interests of the European oilseed crushers, vegetable oil refiners and bottlers.

FEFAC, the European Compound Feed Manufacturers' Federation, represents 23 national Associations in 23 EU Member States as well as Associations in Switzerland, Turkey, Serbia, Russia and Norway with observer/associate member status.

Latest News

ADM and Bayer collaboration help farmers achieve lower carbon emissions

(Posted on 19/06/24)

 ADM and Bayer have announced an extension of their collaboration, working with farmers in a bid... Read more


US House appropriations bill includes reinstatement of NASS reports

(Posted on 14/06/24)

A House appropriations subcommittee in the USA has approved its Fiscal Year 2025 bill that includes... Read more


Rio Tinto to acquire Mitsubishi’s stake in Boyne aluminium smelter

(Posted on 14/06/24)

Rio Tinto has agreed to acquire Mitsubishi Corporation’s 11.65% interest in Boyne Smelters Ltd... Read more


Richards Bay Minerals’ renewable energy agreement

(Posted on 07/06/24)

Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has signed a renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) with Khangela Emoyeni... Read more


Trafigura half year result show core business strength

(Posted on 07/06/24)

Trafigura Group Pte Ltd, a market leader in the global commodities industry, has released its 2024 Half... Read more


New Zealand aluminium smelter’s future secured with power deals

(Posted on 01/06/24)

New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) has signed 20-year electricity arrangements that secure the future... Read more


NGFA statement on farm bill advanced by House Ag Committee

(Posted on 31/05/24)

The House Agriculture Committee in the USA have advanced a farm bill that includes several important... Read more


Rio Tinto and BHP collaborate on electric trucks in the Pilbara

(Posted on 28/05/24)

In an industry first, Rio Tinto and BHP will collaborate on the testing of large battery-electric haul... Read more


KEZAD signs lease agreement with Ducab Metals Business

(Posted on 28/05/24)

KEZAD Group, the largest operator of integrated and purpose-built economic zones, and Ducab Metals Business... Read more


Anglo American simplifies portfolio of copper, premium iron ore and crop nutrients assets

(Posted on 22/05/24)

Anglo American plc is setting out a clear, compelling and decisive plan to unlock significant value... Read more


Port of South LouisianaTMS Awards 2023CimbriaSailors SocietyBühler GmbH
  • TMS Awards 2023
  • Port of Stockton

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping