Virtual Round Table Session on Coffee and EU Regulations on February 8, 2024
The EU Regulation on Deforestation-Free Products (EUDR) entered into force on 29 June 2023. According to this regulation, Coffee placed or made available on the EU market or exported from it as of 30 Dec 2024 needs to be produced on land that was not deforested after 31 Dec 2020, and in accordance with relevant national local legislations. For this purpose, each coffee producing country needs to submit a Due Diligence statement and corresponding geolocation data for all plots of land where coffee was produced.
Several countries have expressed concern that they have both financial and technical challenges to roll out the traceability system of coffee in compliance with EUDR. Importers of coffee have threatened to halt existing contracts and not enter new ones for non-compliance, which can have negative consequences to farmers.
Member States are anxious about what this will do to the coffee industry and to those who are involved in the coffee value chain.
In the Regional Bureau for Africa alone, 25 countries export coffee to the European Union, and they will thus need to comply with the regulations. These countries include Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Republic, Congo Democratic Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
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