Between 28 and 30 November 2007, the European Commission (Commission) undertook surprise inspections at a number of producers and importers of fresh exotic fruits. The parties concerned are suspected of participating in a number of cartel practices. The inspections mark a preliminary step in a cartel investigation. There is no fixed deadline for the Commission to complete its investigation, the duration of which will depend on the complexity of the case and the level of co-operation by the parties involved.