March 10, 2020


UK beef set to be exported to the US


The United States has approved the United Kingdom's disease control standards, meaning UK beef can be exported to the US following final administrative work, reported the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).


The negotiations were conducted by AHDB together with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), APHA, FSA, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and other organisations including the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP).


The new export deal is valued at 66 million GBP (~US$86 million; 1 GBP = US$1.31) over the next five years.


Approval for UK beef exports to the US came after the latter conducted inspections in August 2019. This included a visit to five beef and four pork and lamb facilities, plus a number of laboratories.


The inspections were planned after a AHDB organised US sheep industry delegates UK visit.


Dr. Phil Hadley, ADHB international market development director said the announcement is an important step in the UK livestock industry's goal to provide market access to UK beef and lamb to the US, where there is an existing pork trade.


He said the approval was gained after a collaborative effort between industry players and the government, adding that commercial trade will start once administrative details have been cleared.


The August 2019 inspections were financed by the ADHB red meat levies 2 million GBP (~US$2.6 million) fund, which was allocated for collaborative projects and managed by AHDB, QMS and HCC.


The fund is a temporary solution while a long-term plan is being discussed for levies collected at the point of slaughter in England for livestock raised in Scotland and Wales.


-      Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board