Chinese export deal for UK pig industry
Seven new businesses in England and Northern Ireland have secured access to the huge Chinese pork export market, including three who, in a first for the UK, will export pig trotters. The new agreements include approval to export from five sites in Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, County Antrim and County Tyrone – meaning Northern Ireland will take advantage of this export success story for the first time.
Chinese demand for British pork doubles all of the plants were inspected by China’s Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) technical experts in April 2015, with a separate team of inspectors from the AQSIQ also visiting Northern Ireland in April 2015 to audit pork fifth quarter production standards for export. Nine UK producers already export pork to China, generating 43million pounds last year while demand for UK pork has doubled in terms of value over the past three years. Defra minister of state said: “China is a hugely important market for our world-class food industry and by opening up access even further, more UK businesses can take advantage of the growing appetite for our food and drink".
China is the world’s largest net importer of meat and Pigs 2022 – Cementing our global position at the recent Pigs 2022 conference, experts forecast demand would remain strong, with the UK industry’s high-welfare, quality-assured, sustainably produced stance putting it in a strong position. This agreement with China comes hot on the heels of this week’s announcement that a £34 million deal has been agreed to export UK beef to the Philippines.