UK pork exports to Mexico could be boosted by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
The agreement will make Mexico a more attractive market for UK pork exporters with the abolishment of the ‘most favoured nation’ tariffs of up to 20%.
Joining the 11-member trade-bloc will ensure the UK has access to the same tariffs as other members, exceeding the existing bilateral free trade agreement with Mexico.
The UK secured market access for pork to Mexico in 2021 with support from government departments and agencies. AHDB is currently working in partnership with the government, UKECP and others to gain market access for offal to create further opportunities.
Mexico is the 15th largest economy in the world, second largest in Latin America, making it a hugely important market for UK exporters. The country’s growing population has led to an increased demand for imports, and the economy is set to expand by 35% by 2035. Its location sets it up as a gateway to the Americas and the trans-Pacific region.
AHDB Senior Exports Manager (Americas), Susana Morris, said: ‘’The Mexican market presents a fantastic opportunity for our pig meat products, especially offal, which we hope to be exporting soon. The Mexican consumer is becoming more conscious about how meat is produced, so animal welfare and sustainability are important. The UK is highly regarded for its welfare and food safety standards, so this presents a great opportunity for UK farmers and producers.
“Also, Mexico has a small segment of its population that is considered upper class or wealthy, who are increasingly searching for high quality products and willing to pay a premium, which presents another opportunity for our pork.”
Defra recently appointed Catrina Kenny as a new Agri Attaché, based in the UK’s Embassy in Mexico. This is part of wider plans to open up new exporting opportunities in the country and Latin America.