Europe's apple market is set to stay under pressure from high import volumes, with prices under strain.
At a European Commission meeting of apple experts, delegates heard that the problem was exacerbated by big imbalances in trade between the EU and third countries.
Daniel Corbel of European trade body Freshfel said: "The EU is wide open, while many third country markets remain closed for imports as a result of excessive phytosanitary requirements. Moreover, they often impose import licences.
"Brussels should assist EU exporters to address these serious export barriers."