Vietnam opens its doors to UK pork exports

Friday, 24 May 2024

Pork producers in the UK will now have access to the Vietnamese market for the first time, in a deal estimated to be worth around £12m to the sector over the first five years of trade.

Vietnamese authorities have given the go-ahead for selected pork sites across the UK to start commercial trade.

It follows a lengthy process of audits and negotiations led by the UK Government, AHDB and wider industry, including the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP), to open another new market for the UK’s pork sector.

In Vietnam, pork is the most favoured meat, with consumption outstripping domestic production.

Ouafa Doxon, AHDB Senior Market Access Manager, said:

“This announcement is fantastic news for our pork sector and the culmination of a magnificent collaborative effort between industry, the UK Government and AHDB to secure access to another priority market for the pork sector.

“UK pork is known around the world for its high quality and reputation and we look forward to our exporters developing opportunities in this new market.”

AHDB Head of International Trade Development Jonathan Eckley said:

“One of AHDB’s key strategic objectives is export development, working collaboratively with industry and government, to cultivate further opportunities for our red meat and dairy sectors.

“This announcement further illustrates how this collaborative approach successfully delivers tangible results for our levy payers. In anticipation of how our exporters can make the most of opportunities in Vietnam, AHDB took part in the Food & Hotel Vietnam (FHV) trade show earlier this year.

Access to the Vietnamese market will offer further opportunities to balance carcases and help underpin domestic pig prices.”

Explore our research into the Vietnamese market, carried out to ensure that exporters were equipped with the necessary information on consumer buying behaviours once market access for pork was secured.

Read more about our role in gaining access to the Vietnamese pork market

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Ouafa Doxon

Market Access Manager

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Jonathan Eckley

Head of International Trade Development

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