First Taiwan pork exports expected soon as certificates become available

The first shipments of British pork to Taiwan are expected to go out soon, after the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) announced that that the new export certificate is available.

The certificate 8084EHC is now available here

The deal, secured by the UK Government, working with AHDB and the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP), was announced in August. Farming Minister George Eustice described it as a ‘significant development for pork exporters’.

AHDB international market development director Phil Hadley said the new agreement, open to all approved pork plants, is expected to be worth more than £50m over the next five years, based on current UK export capacity. This could rise to £100m if our capacity grows to match demand for pork imports in Taiwan, where last year alone imports rose by 26% to US$178.3m (£137m), he added.

He said exporters would be able to take advantage of the opportunity as soon as the administrative listing process is completed and export certification is made available.

“At the moment, there are a couple of dozen plants that are pre-listed and I hope the first shipments will go out in September,” Mr Hadley told Pig World.

Exports will include fifth quarter cuts but also some higher end products, including into the food service and restaurant trade, he added.

‘“These things take time to grow, but the reason for having these markets open is so processors can access the best paying market for any one product at any given time. This means growth in Taiwan might be dictated by prices paid elsewhere.

“It will be up to the commercial guys to do their magic now and make their business decisions. Spain got access a while ago and has been doing good business – we want a slice of that action.”

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