Pigmeat: Asia

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to increase the export of pig products to Asia after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Supporting UK businesses to export more is a top priority for Defra. The UK pork and pork products trade with China is negotiated via bilateral agreements and this will continue to be the case after exiting the EU.

Our pork trade with China was worth an estimated £72 million in 2016, a 73% increase on the previous year. Over the last few months we have secured agreement to the export of pork from seven new businesses across the UK, including from Northern Ireland for the first time. This included opening the market for the export of pork trotters from three sites, altogether worth an estimated £250 million over the first five years of trade. We will continue to work to increase access and support UK firms to maximise their opportunities for exports of pork to China.

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