September 18, 2017


Pig meat has brightest prospects for UK meat exports, says latest Brexit report


Pig meat offers the best potential for UK meat exports to non-EU markets, which represented 32% of UK pig meat trade in 2016, according to the AHDB's latest Brexit report outlining UK prospects for meat and dairy products in the global marketplace.


The report said the success in exploiting the Chinese market is an example of what can be achieved. Market access was granted in 2011 after seven years of negotiations. "This illustrates that it is not all plain sailing and that there are a number of external challenges to overcome in securing market access" the UK Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board said.


The report assumes that China will offer the best long-term potential but that good prospects exist in other markets. This applies especially to lower-value cuts and offals to Southeast and East Asia, and West and South Africa.


There are also limited opportunities for premium cuts to North America and Australia/New Zealand, as well as potential to supply high-quality food service in China and Japan.


"The UK is only 54% self-sufficient in pig meat and so there is also scope for import displacement depending upon the level of external tariffs following Brexit. However, carcase balance issues restrict the scope for this given that the main UK deficit is in loins and legs and so increased production would result in more shoulders and offals to sell", AHDB said.


The latest Brexit analysis also includes prospects for beef, sheep meat and dairy products.