Meat exports

Export of British livestock products amounts to 582,490 tonnes a year, worth £1.35 billion.

With market access in over 50 countries for our sheep meat, beef and pig meat, it is imperative to keep finding more trade markets to add value to the supply chain and maximise returns. Maintaining existing markets is important too, to strengthen relationships and react to changes in the market place.

Current market priorities for export agreement include Taiwan (sheep meat), Mexico (pork), China (sheep meat), Vietnam (beef, sheep meat and pork) and the USA (beef and lamb). Recent successes include approval of new pork sites and trotters by China, the lifting of the ban on UK beef export to China, approval of UK pork export to Taiwan and approval from Japan for beef and lamb export, as well as our previously agreed pork access.

The export team participates in more than 70 shows and events each year, including inward and outward missions. It promotes the products we have to offer – from the premium cuts, to those with very low residual value and demand in the UK, such as pig trotters and livers. Exporting provides an opportunity to utilise the whole carcase by selling those products that do not have a strong domestic market value, but which are highly valued overseas.

Beef

The UK produces approximately 900,000 tonnes of beef per year, of which 148,000 tonnes are destined for exports to countries around the world.

With highly established and recognised quality and food safety assurance schemes, UK beef is regarded as some of the best in the world.

The EU is largest export market, while approximately 11% of current UK beef exports, worth £31 million, are sent to non-EU markets.

With competition from lower cost producers in the Southern Hemisphere, the UK continues to enjoy strong trade relations with big importers, such as the Netherlands, which imports 19,000 tonnes each year, worth over £69.7m.

Top 10 importers: Ireland, Netherlands, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Belgium, Philippines, Germany, Spain, China

 

Lamb

The UK is the world's fifth largest producer and the third largest exporter of sheep meat.

With 300,000 tonnes of lamb and mutton produced annually, we export 88,000 tonnes of sheep meat, valued at £373.8m.

With strong competition from the Southern Hemisphere and South America, the UK still has strong trade relations with France, which import 27,000 tonnes annually, worth £123.5m. 

Top 10 importers: France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Hong Kong, Jordan, Austria, Ghana

Pork

Market access for pork is greater than it is for beef and sheep meat.

In recent years, the UK has successfully increased the volume of red meat and offal it has exported. AHDB has been active in supporting the opening of new markets.

Much of this growth has come after market access to China was granted in 2011. For pig meat products, 346,000 tonnes were exported last year, with 56,000 tonnes of this exported to China alone. 

Top 10 importers: China, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Hong Kong, USA, Belgium, Philippines, France

International contacts

We have agents based in countries around the world, who coordinate and lead our in country export activity based on their specific local knowledge and networks.  

EU, MENA, SSA Rémi Fourrier  remi.fourrier@ahdbfrance.fr www.ilovemeat.fr
Italy and Switzerland Jeff Martin martin@dido.net www.carneperfetta.it
Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary Marek Schejbal mschejbal@i-blue.eu www.brytyjskiesmaki.pl
Germany, Austria & Switzerland Tim Schäfer tim.schaefer@royal-meat.de www.royal-meat.de 
Netherlands & Scandinavia John Schilder jschilder@greenseedgroup.nl
Portugal and Africa Luis Garcia  lg@greenseed.pt
Belgium & Luxemburg Pascale Audergon  paudergon@bussol.com

www.jaimelagneau.be

www.ilovemeat.be

Americas Susana Morris  susana.morris@ahdb.org.uk
Asia Pacific

Jonathan Eckley

Susan Stewart

Holly Chen

jonathan.eckley@ahdb.org.uk

susan.stewart@ahdb.org.uk

holly.chen@cbbc.org.cn

Export guides

These guides aim to help businesses in the export market to make the most of Quality Standard Mark beef and lamb. Here you will find cutting guides and specification manuals in several languages.