Prices for new season Spanish mandarins are expected to be announced shortly, assuming the EU authorities clarify new duties applicable to Chinese product.

EU traders have been submitting their individual imports in order that a quota system based on historical figures can be introduced.

Spanish canners, who face serious competition particularly in Germany, are lobbying for increased levies after seeing much of their traditional markets taken by lower priced Chinese product.

In the UK, the situation is different as few buyers have approved any factories, although this will no doubt change.

The total Spanish crop is expected to be down about 10% against last year but getting any price increase in spite of higher tin plate costs will be difficult because of the Chinese, who were talking similar prices to last year when they met EU traders at Anuga last week.

“Even with quotas and increased levies they seem confident of increasing their penetration in the EU,” a German trader said.