Digital certificates peel back bureaucracy for faster smoother banana shipments



digital certificate bananasCutting down on the time-consuming certification processes involved in shipping organic bananas into the EU is to be introduced in April.

In less than two months a new digital certificate for import of organic bananas will be introduced throughout Europe where issuing “organic certificates” will become much smoother, according to Stefanie D’Herde, Port of Antwerp marketing coordinator for Benelux, UK, Latin America & Turkey.

The idea is to make the process easier for imports by getting rid of paperwork considered to a blocking or delaying factor.

The EU pilot project involved the port, together with banana producer and marketer Dole, testing whether the paper certificate could be replaced by “a more reliable and faster” digital version.

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