AHDB position on Government response to the final Trade and Agriculture Commission report

Thursday, 21 October 2021

AHDB was represented on the TAC panel as one of the contributory members and welcomes the Government’s response to the TAC report.

The report acknowledges AHDB’s support for the Government’s ‘Open Doors’ campaign, which is aimed at driving agri-food export growth. It also acknowledges AHDB’s willingness to work collaboratively with Government and industry to achieve our ambitious global export targets.

AHDB particularly welcomes a number of responses to key recommendations, including the development of an ambitious agri-food trade strategy, which would drive exports in the sector. The recommendation on certification would also reduce the cost burden to industry while maintaining a robust certification system through the use of technology.

The well-known and respected evidence-based insight work of AHDB in providing accurate analysis of international trade and trends is recognised. AHDB will continue to provide relevant insight work for the benefit of our levy payers.

Working together

Industry and Government collaboration to help shape export policy for the UK and England is encouraging and AHDB would welcome the opportunity to participate.

AHDB is already directly involved, and has played a significant role, in recent market access wins, including Japan and the US. We will continue to work with Government and industry on a long-term market access plan to maximise further opportunities.

In-market representation has a vital role in export development and we are encouraged by the Government’s comments on how capacity can be developed in some key strategic markets.

AHDB has already experienced success in China having part-funded a very successful in-market appointment of an agri-food counsellor that resulted in achieving important access for British pork.

Pork exports to China in 2020 were worth more than £280 million.

AHDB is also a long-standing user of the GREAT campaign and uses this on its overseas platforms, including the recent ANUGA international trade show in Germany. We look forward to building on this collaborative approach with Government and industry to ensure our produce has a place on the global table.

Read the Government’s full response to the final Trade and Agriculture Commission report