The CLA is delighted to see that the United States Department for Agriculture (USDA) agreed to open the market for British lamb once again, after a 20 year ban was lifted in January. The first consignment was flown to the USA this week containing lamb produced in Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Industry estimates the US-market will be worth £37m in the first five years of trade, opening up access for British farmers to a market of over 300 million American consumers to enjoy the United Kingdom’s world-renowned lamb.
Opening new markets for our world-leading lamb industry, offering the high-quality safe standards UK lamb is known for around the world will be a major boost for farmers and producers at this time
Hailing lamb exports resuming to the USA, CLA President, Mark Tufnell, said: “It is pleasing to see that lamb exports from the UK to the USA have now resumed, as a result of the banning of British lamb imports for over 20 years being repealed by the US Government in January".
Mark continued: “Opening new markets for our world-leading lamb industry, offering the high-quality safe standards UK lamb is known for around the world will be a major boost for farmers and producers at this time, and will present new opportunities for jobs and skills across the sector.”
In conclusion, Mark recommended the government continue on this route to help British farmers by saying: "We urge the government to continue concentrating on the opening of new markets for farmers when negotiating future trade policy, as opposed to undercutting environmental standards as seen in recent Free Trade Agreement deals such as with Australia and New Zealand.”