Falkland Islands: Exports

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on Falkland Islands (1) agriculture, and (2) meat product exports to EU27 markets if World Trade Organisation tariffs were imposed; whether they estimate that there would be an annual loss to that industry; and if so, what they estimate such a loss would be.

Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the profitability of Falkland Islands meat exports to the EU27 if World Trade Organisation tariffs were imposed; and whether they estimate that industry would remain viable.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The EU's non-preferential import duty on sheep meat is 12.8 per cent, plus a fixed amount, on average, of €155.68 per 100kg, depending on the cut. Implementation of such terms may render this trade no longer profitable. However, the majority of Falkland meat exports go to the UK and the Government will maintain duty-free access to the UK market post-EU Exit for all goods originating in British Overseas Territories, which will ensure the Falkland Islands' meat industry remains viable. The EU does not levy tariffs on raw wool imports.

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