British Lamb Shipped to America After Two Decades
For the first time in over twenty years, British lamb was shipped to American markets.
British lamb producers now have access to a market of over 300 million people.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) committed to opening the market for British lamb last year, and following the required inspections, the first consignment arrived in the United States this week with lamb processed by Dunbia’s facility in Carmarthenshire, Wales.
It is estimated that the US market for British lamb will be worth £37 million in the first five years of trade. This will give British farmers access to a market of over 300 million American consumers. The government hopes that this will boost exports and grow our economy.
The agreement reached last year is part of the wider government strategy to promote development and create new possibilities for the UK’s food and farming sector, which will help to employ more individuals, enhance skills and productivity across the country. This includes capitalising on new trade freedoms outside the EU through export opportunities, ensuring that premium products are not just enjoyed at home but championed around the world.
The Small Ruminant Rule, which prohibited British and EU lamb imports for over two decades, was eliminated by the US government early this year.
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