Defra and livestock industry announce UKECP
Defra and the UK livestock export industry are
launching a new partnership to help exporters enjoy a larger share of the global
The new UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP),
built on the success of the Export Certification User Group that has been
meeting over the last six years, will further improve the use of joint
Defra/industry efforts to negotiate with non-EU markets.
three year trial, UKECP is an informal industry working group that:
with the UK livestock and livestock product industries to establish export
provides a forum to discuss the use of Defra agents to
negotiate export health certificates on behalf of the UK; and
helps to draft
and follow through the agreement of export health certification which is
generally required before exports can commence.
The UK's Farming
Minister Jane Kennedy said,“Britain has a world-class livestock industry, but to
get the most out of competitive international markets it's crucial that the
Government and Industry works together. After disease outbreaks in the past, the
partnership between government and industry has helped to speed the reopening of
the international markets, and this new partnership will strengthen that
response and widen the opportunities available to our exporters.”
Hardwick, International Manager of the Agriculture, Horticulture Development
Board Meat Services (AHDBms) said, “The UK Export Certification Partnership
strengthens the already excellent co-operation between industry and government
on market access work. It will facilitate greater flexibility in the allocation
of resources to what is often a very time consuming and complex process.
International markets are essential to the profitability of the UK meat and
livestock sector and we are confident that this new initiative will open up even
more avenues to develop further our international trade.”
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