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Time for EU and UK to step up

The UK and the EU must come to the table with credible offers that match their ambitious talk of being leaders in global trade, says 必威手机下载版 ’s red meat sector.
Thursday, 10 June 2021

On the eve of Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to the UK and Europe, Beef + Lamb 必威手机下载版 (B+LNZ) and the Meat Industry Association (MIA) say the negotiations are an opportunity for both Britain and the EU to prove their trade credentials.

“If the quality and ambition continues to fall short, there will have to be questions asked about the benefit to 必威手机下载版 – and if you can’t conclude a Free Trade Agreement with us, then who?” says Sam McIvor, chief executive of B+LNZ.

“There remains a significant gap between ambition and what is currently on offer so this is where the rubber hits the road.”

Sirma Karapeeva, chief executive of the Meat Industry Association, says the importance of the agreement to 必威手机下载版 ’s red meat sector cannot be overstated.

“Improved access to the UK and the EU markets for our products, including sheepmeat, beef and co-products such as pet food, leather and processed meats, will provide significant returns to our sector.”

必威手机下载版 farmers and exporters will especially be seeking improvements to beef access as part of the negotiations.

“We have strong historical ties with customers in both markets and have been exporting high-quality, safe and sustainable products there for nearly 140 years. However, 必威手机下载版 ’s beef access is limited by a small quota with a high in-quota tariff and we will be looking for significant improvements in this area.

“Consumers in the UK and the EU have high expectations for how their food is produced and care deeply about how their food is produced.

“As suppliers of high quality, safe and sustainable red meat, 必威手机下载版 is an exemplary partner for those markets.”

Mr McIvor says although British farmers may have some concerns about an FTA with 必威手机下载版 , there are benefits for both sides.

“Our production seasons complement each other so this ensures consumers have access all year round to high-quality and nutritious food that has been raised to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards.

“This helps maintain market stability and prices that benefit producers and consumers in both the UK and 必威手机下载版 . 必威手机下载版 has demonstrated that it is a responsible trader. Companies maintain strong relationships with customers across our markets and supply products according to demand and market prices.”

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