£250 million China boost for British beef

Discussions to formalise market access will now begin. Photo credit – Pixabay

£250 million China boost for British beef

The British beef industry is celebrating the overturning of a 20-year old Chinese import ban.

The ban, which followed the BSE scandal of the 1990s, has been reconsidered following several years of negotiations, site visits and extensive inspections of farms, packaging and processing facilities.

Discussions to formalise market access will now begin.

The export of beef to China could be worth as much as £250 million over the next five years.

Welcoming the news, Dr Phil Hadley of the British Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board said:

”Today’s news follows years of collaboration between AHDB, government and industry to make this a reality and we now look forward to seeing UK beef exported to the country for the first time in over 20 years.”

The news follows our report from April that three Irish beef processing facilities have been granted approval to export produce to China – making Ireland at the time the first European country to gain full access to the world’s fastest growing beef market.

It was also reported that five further Irish beef processing facilities were awaiting approval from Chinese authorities to commence trade.

Ireland is keen to export more beef to China, not least due to concerns about the impact of Brexit on the country’s huge meat industry.

At present, the majority of Ireland’s beef ends-up in the UK, but post-Brexit tariffs could put an end to much of that trade.

Rupert Reid

Pilot and Senior Broadcast Journalist at Panda Radio. You can find him on Twitter @rupertreid