The protection offered by states is crucial: rule of law, security and safety, social services, personal and commercial freedom. However, increasingly governments across the globe are isolating their countries. They impose discriminatory taxes, they unilaterally shield off specific industries, or they simply bar the free flow of goods, even within the very heart of the European Union.
METRO, as an international player, believes in the power of free and open markets, allowing us to cooperate with small local producers while enabling us to offer our customers specialties from all around the world.
Protectionism has many faces - this overview provides examples of the various ways in which these principles are being or attempted to be undermined today from a wholesalers’ perspective.