South Africa opens for UK beef exports
Beef producers in the UK can export products to South Africa for the first time in 15 years, Eblex has announced.
Notification has been given for domestically produced, deboned beef from anatomically recognisable cuts to be sold in South Africa, along with a significant range of offal.
Peter Hardwick, head of trade development of Eblex, said: “There has been lengthy negotiation with the South African authorities to secure the opening of the market and this should be seen as a significant breakthrough for our industry. It means that domestic producers and processors now have even more markets to match cuts with, and this is something they have been pushing for for a long time.
“The opening of the South African market again is a real boost for our industry and can only help further towards sustainable prices for our producers.”
Eblex and the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP) have been working behind the scenes to open new markets since the second half of last year.
Eblex said it has now secured access to an additional 30 non-EU countries, which will help UK beef become a significant player on the global market.
Prior to the BSA crisis of 1996, South Africa was the largest non-EU market for English beef.
Beef exports from the UK rose to £331m in 2010, the highest level since 1996.