UK lamb set to return to Kuwait

Lamb from the United Kingdom will once again be available in Kuwait, following a new deal worth up to £15 million. 

The re-opening of the trade was announced by Food Minister George Eustice during his visit to the Gulf to promote British food and drink and to strengthen trading relations. It was revealed that three major UK suppliers were already prepping shipments as part of the five-year deal.

A ban on UK sheep imports was first implemented by Kuwait following concerns surrounding scrapie, a degenerative disease that affects the nervous systems of sheep and goats.

According to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the UK exported £625 million-worth of food and drink to the Gulf in 2016.

“British lamb has a fantastic reputation around the world for its taste and quality and I’m delighted this export success will now be available for diners in Kuwait,” said Eustice.

“This move to re-open the market for UK-produced lamb is another example of how we are working hard to tap into international markets and build stronger relationships with trading partners around the world.”

Lamb exports from the UK reached £330m last year, an increase of £30m on 2015. The latest deal is set to boost the government’s commitment to open more international markets.

“We have found, for some time, a high level of appetite from Kuwaiti importers and distributors for British lamb and are delighted to be able to supply this market at last,” commented Jean-Pierre Garnier, head of export trade development for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

“We are committed to expanding sales of meat and dairy products in the Gulf region and support the government’s export work. Our presence at the important Gulfood exhibition with meat and dairy stands testifies our willingness to grow sales and open new markets.”

During Eustice’s visit, which also included an appearance at Gulfood, he witnessed the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding which will allow for increased collaboration between the UK government and Gulf projects in aquaculture, fisheries, climate change and marine environments. The first of these was with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, while the second was with the Gulf-wide Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment.

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