December 27, 2022


UK now permitted to export some pork products to South Korea




The UK government has secured the removal of rules banning the export of certain pork products to South Korea.


UK companies can now export products such as bacon, ham and pork sausages to the country as a trade barrier, which blocks UK exports of processed pork products, was resolved.


The ban was lifted ahead of Christmas after action from the government. It is estimated that the South Korean market could be worth up to £1 million (US$1.1 million) to UK exporters in the first five years.


UK Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch said: "This is good news for British farmers who haven't been able to sell their pork to South Korea because of a trade barrier. We have removed that barrier in time for Christmas and it is worth so much to farmers over the Christmas period."


Food Minister Mark Spencer said: "British pork is renowned across the world for both its quality and its great taste. The hard work of British teams to open up this market means British bacon and sausages can be the heart and 'Seoul' of South Korean celebrations and dinners throughout the year."


Registering to export is simple, and the British embassy in Seoul is able to support UK businesses that seek to take advantage of this and other export opportunities.


The UK-South Korea trade deal came into force on January 1, 2021, enabling the vast majority of goods of UK or South Korean origin to be traded tariff-free.


On December 9, 2022, the UK launched a public call for input in preparation for negotiations on an enhanced trade deal.


The new deal will upgrade the United Kingdom's trade agreement with South Korea, ensuring a more modern and fit-for-purpose deal that builds on an existing trading relationship and meets the specific needs of the UK, the UK government said. This will include important areas such as digital trade, enhanced climate provisions and further support for small and medium sized businesses.



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