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.