UK and China agree deal to secure British beef exports

British beef is set to be exported to China after the details of a trade deal between the UK and China were finalised.

China could see British beef by Christmas after Chinese Government officials signed a protocol agreement to export beef from the UK for the first time in 20 years since a ban was imposed after the Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) outbreak.

The deal was approved last week that will allow full access to the market, which is set to be worth more than £230 million over the next five years.

Experts have called the agreement a ‘triumph’, with industry professionals working in partnership for five years to secure the deal which will see four sites exporting beef initially.

UK exports to China increased to a record £23.1 billion last year, with the deal to export British beef to the country set to boost exports again.

Dr Phil Hadley, International Market Development Director at Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, said: “This is a great end to a very successful year for our red meat exports.

“We continue to work with Government to create new opportunities for our red meat exports and the announcement is a testament to the persistence of all involved.

“We look forward to seeing the first shipments of beef arrive in China and hope to replicate the success of our pork exports in the beef sector.”

Martin Johnson, Manager at Milsted Langdon, said: “The new agreement secures exports of British beef to China for the first time in 20 years. This represents a new market for many and is a positive step towards securing new trade agreements for UK agriculture.

“For advice on matters relating to the agriculture industry, contact our team at Milsted Langdon today.”

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