UK food industry counts losses as post-Brexit hurdles cause 75% drop in exports to EU

UK – Brexit is coming back to bite the UK food industry with many hurdles presented by the new boundaries between the UK and European Union causing a 75.5% year-on-year drop in food and beverage exports. This is according to the latest figures released by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) which also revealed a significant drop in exports to international markets in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Apart from exports to EU falling, the reports which compared data from January 2021 to January 2020…

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UK delays post-Brexit border checks on certain foods, beverages to aid COVID-19 pandemic recovery

UK – A number of foods and beverages from the European Union will be exempted from border checks in the latest efforts by the UK government to assist its food and beverage sector to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Food Ingredients First reported that health certificates on imports such as meat and milk will be pushed back from next month to October to ensure smooth cross-border movement as the country acclimatizes to a new post-Brexit normal. “Physical checks have the potential to be among the most troublesome and cause the…

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Ghana, UK ratify trade partnership agreement worth US$1.67 billion

GHANA – Ghana and the United Kingdom have penned a trade partnership agreement that secures tariff-free trade and provides a platform for greater economic and cultural cooperation. The agreement was signed by Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss and Ghana’s Acting High Commissioner to the UK, Peprah Ampratwum, at the Department for International Trade in central London. Secretary Truss was joined on a video call by Ghana’s Minister Designate for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, to mark the signing. The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) valued at £1.2 billion…

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Post-Brexit trade system creates new headache for UK meat exporters as delays cause imminent loss of EU market

UK – The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has bemoaned the delays at the borders with the European Union (EU) which have been occasioned by the new post-Brexit trade system. The Association noted that since implementation of the system, there have been numerous reports of major losses for UK-based meat exporters. According to BMPA, many of the exporters says that that perishable meat products destined for the EU were delayed so much at the border and rotted consignments had to be thrown away. Excessive bureaucratic system cause delays Alongside seafood,…

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Kenya, United Kingdom ratify new trade deal ahead of Brexit deadline

KENYA – Kenya and the United Kingdom have finally penned a post-Brexit trade deal for a duty and quota-free market access effective January 1. The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) valued at £1.4 billion (US$1.8 billion) is aimed to avert likely trade disruptions which might arise once UK exits from the European Union on December 31, 2020. The trade agreement was signed in London by International Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Trade, Minister Betty Maina. “We have a great opportunity ahead of us, to realize the mutual benefits…

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A Brexit deal needed to minimize impact on food supply chains in UK and EU – LSE

UK – A recent study conducted by the London School of Economics on behalf of Arla Foods has laid bare the challenges that food manufactures in both the UK and European Union will face once the transition period is over. According to a report by LSE, the Supply chains between the UK and the EU are closely interlinked with intermediary and final products and inputs, relying on tariff-free, barrier-free flow between the two parties.  Cross-linked UK-EU food supply chain Data from LSE paints a good picture of how cross-linked the…

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UK ban on US chlorinated chicken ‘to continue after Brexit’

UK – (BBC) Chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-treated beef will be kept out of the UK under any trade deal with the US, the environment secretary has promised. Theresa Villiers told the BBC the current European Union ban on the two foods will be carried over into UK legislation after Brexit. Until now the UK has been wavering on the issue. But she told BBC Countryfile: “There are legal barriers to the imports and those are going to stay in place.” Ms Villiers has previously talked of imposing tariffs on any…

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Britain and China close £230m beef trade deal ending the 20-year import ban

UK – Britain has finalized a £230 million (US$298million) beef trade agreement with China, in a deal that will allow four sites in the UK, located in Northern Ireland and England to export beef to China over the next five years. The deal marks the end of a 20-year ban on UK beef exports to China that was imposed following a Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) outbreak. In June this year, UK and China signed a protocol agreement after a series of inspections and inward missions hosted by the Agriculture and…

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Diageo maintains organic sales forecast despite uncertainties in global trade policies

UK – Multinational spirits maker, Diageo said that it expects to meet its full-year organic sales targets, adding that it had a good start to 2020 financial year. In a trading commentary ahead of the company’s annual general meeting, Diageo chief executive Ivan Menezes said that the company is on track to achieve net sales growth. However, he warned the company was not immune from “significant changes to global trade policy”. The company said it continues to expect organic net sales growth to be towards the mid-point of a 4%…

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Italy’s Illycaffè acquires its UK distributor amid Brexit uncertainty

ITALY – Illycaffè, Italian coffee company has acquired the UK’s Illy division distribution business from Euro Food Brands, and will now directly manage its UK distribution operations. The acquisition includes the complete transfer of business, assets and Euro Food Brands staff responsible for the distribution of Illy coffee products in the UK. Illycaffè claims that the move signals the company’s intention “to keep on investing in the United Kingdom, despite Brexit uncertainties.” Euro Food Brands has been illycaffè’s UK distributor for over 25 years, and Illycaffè says that the company…

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