UK agrees beef export as US lifts ban

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The US has removed its ban on imports of British beef, paving the way for a deal worth around £66 million over the first five years.

The US has agreed equivalence of standards on the UK’s disease control measures following a three-week inspection last summer. It means that after the final administrative details are carried out, beef can be shipped to the US.

It comes after an ongoing process of negotiations between the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) in partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), APHA, FSA, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and other organisations including UKECP.

The inspections in August 2019 included tours of five beef sites, four pork and lamb, as well as several laboratories.

AHDB International Market Development Director Dr Phil Hadley said the announcement is “a crucial step in our ambitions to gain market access for our beef and lamb, to go with our existing pork trade, to the all-important US market.”

He added: “We have worked collaboratively with industry and government to get this agreement and we will continue to work to get this partnership over the line and to see our products in the US market. Once the final administrative details are carried out, commercial trade will begin.”