Export agreement to Hong Kong beefs up

An expanded agreement to ship a wider range of beef cuts to Hong Kong has been agreed thanks to the contribution of several agencies.

This development will give the UK the freedom to export more boneless and bone-in beef cuts from cattle of all ages. It should also allow the country to build on its trade relationship with the Far East.

The agreement was reached after discussions between Hong Kongs Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) and the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), working in conjunction with Defra, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP) and other interested parties.

Weve enjoyed a good beef trade to Hong Kong since 2009 when the original agreement was reached, said Dr Phil Hadley, AHDB head of global supply chain development. This was, however, limited to a certain number of cuts and ages of cattle.

The import of boneless beef excluding offal from cattle younger than 30 months old resumed in 2009 whilst bone-in beef exports for specific cuts resumed in 2012.

The new agreement in a significant step forward for our beef trade, broadening the opportunities for our exporters. It is the result of us consulting with industry and working corroboratively with Defra, the FSA and UKECP, amongst others.

Hadley added: Hong Kong is an established market for premium products and weve made great strides in the region. This agreement will enable us to expand our offering and help exporters cultivate the potential in this market.

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