IMTA plans post-Brexit strategy for members

The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) has set out a post-Brexit strategy to help its members navigate Great Britain exiting the EU.

At its first meeting since the referendum, IMTA pledged to find out what the exit will mean for members, engage with government more on the issue and help identify the challenges and opportunities of leaving the EU.

IMTA is also working on its submission to Oliver Letwins Parliamentary Inquiry into the implications of leaving the EU for the UKs role in the world, which will form the basis for discussions across government.

It hopes the inquiry will answer questions regarding tariffs, the EU health mark, Export Health Certificates and customs regulations.

The groups submission will focus on the need for imported meat, as well as continued access to export markets for UK meat. Currently, around 45% of meat and meat products are imported and 24% of British meat is exported.

IMTA director Liz Murphy said: We recognise that she [Prime Minister Theresa May] will have a whole raft of issues to consider in relation to the trigger of Article 50, including the UKs withdrawal process from the EU, its future relationship with the EU and the UKs membership of the World Trade Organization. However, food security should be high on her agenda and we will be lobbying government to ensure that we have access to a variety of sources of supply, both domestic and imported, as well as continued access to markets for our high-quality exports.

An area that is particularly unclear for us at the moment is what schedule of tariffs will be in place for imports to the UK post-Brexit. It is reported that a number of approaches have been made to the UK government regarding potential free trade agreements, including by New Zealand, Australia and South Korea. IMTA will be keen to be involved in any trade negotiations involving priority markets for the UK meat trade.

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