Food: Exports

Department for Business and Trade written question – answered at on 22 May 2024.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Exports)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what data her Department holds on trends in the volume of British food exports to Asia over the last five years; and what steps her Department is taking to help support growth in that sector.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Party Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)

The Department for Business and Trade offers Export Support Service, online guidance via the GREAT.gov.uk platform, the Export Academy programme, UK Export Finance and a network of trade advisers across England, the nations and overseas, to support businesses to maximise their exports.The department also provides a compelling programme of support for food exporters to connect with buyers through tradeshows and missions; for example, the upcoming UK Pavilion at Thaifex-Anuga, Bangkok (28 May - 1 June).

The department holds data provided by HMRC on food exports (see below).

HMRC: UK exports of Food, Feed & Drink (FFD)

VOLUME

Year

All UK exports

Exports to Asia (Million tonnes)

Proportion exported to Asia

2019

15.3

1.50

10%

2020

13.5

1.37

10%

2021

11.0

1.30

12%

2022

12.5

1.35

11%

2023

11.9

1.16

10%

VALUE

Year

All UK exports

Exports to Asia (£ billion)

Proportion exported to Asia

2019

23.7

3.9

16%

2020

21.7

3.4

16%

2021

20.3

3.7

18%

2022

24.9

4.7

19%

2023

24.4

4.6

19%

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