UK: Pig trotters deal with China, worth millions
News of the agreement, in principle, to export pigs’ trotters to China is a boost for the industry says BPEX Director Mick Sloyan.
The deal was agreed during the Prime Minister, David Cameron's, visit to China and is reported to be worth £7.5 million a year.
China is already the biggest market outside the EU for the UK pig industry, worth more than £25 million a year.
BPEX Director Mick Sloyan said: "The Chinese market is one we are especially keen to develop as it is the world's largest consumer of pork.
"BPEX and Defra have been working in partnership over many years to gain access to the Chinese market and the Prime Minister's visit is an important step in developing that trade even further.
"Though there is agreement in principle, it will still be some time before the deal is finally tied up as Chinese vets need to visit the UK."
The deal also included the export of semen and four artificial insemination centres operated by some of the world's biggest pig breeding companies in England and Northern Ireland are expected to start exporting fresh and frozen semen early in the new year.
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