Mexico has opened its market for British pork for the first time.
The Government is putting the potential worth of the new trading opportunity at £50 million over the first five years of trade.
Mexico is only the second Latin American market to open for British pork after the Dominican Republic.
The Mexican market has trad-itionally a high demand for high quality pork meat.
Defra Secretary of State George Eustice said: “It is great to see another market open its doors to high quality, high welfare UK produce.
“Access to the Mexican market, with its substantial demand for
high-quality pork, will be a wel-come boost for our pig farmers and producers.
“This is a significant development, which will reinforce our global reputation for quality food and drink.”
The opening of the Mexican market follows more than four years of negotiations and inspections.
The Mexican National Depart-ment for Health, Safety and Agricultural and Food Quality (SENASICA) inspected numerous premises throughout the UK during a visit which occurred in February 2020, which led to a decision to approve four processing facilities and four associated cold stores in England and Wales.
These inspections were led by
Defra and the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP) and hosted by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), with support from UK national and devolved government departments and agencies, in-cluding DIT Mexico.
The UK and Mexico have committed to begin negotiating a new and ambitious free trade agreement this year, which will go much further than the existing deal.
These negotiations will comple-ment the UK’s accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific part-nership (CPTPP), an increasingly influential trade network of 11 dynamic economies spanning from
the Indo-Pacific region to the Americas.
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said: “This is a huge win for our farmers and food producers and I look forward to seeing high-quality British pork being enjoyed in Mexico very soon.
“British businesses can look forward to the benefits of a new and ambitious trade agreement with Mexico which we will be negotiating this year, and wins like these are an important step towards our accession to CPTPP that will see our global trade hit new heights.”
Pork will join a broad range of livestock genetics that the UK already successfully exports to Mexico.
Access for bovine embryos was secured in 2020, joining bovine semen, a market worth over £130,000 annually over the past five years.
Consequently, the UK’s high-quality cattle breeds are helping to develop Mexican herds.
Jonathan Knott, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Latin America and the Caribbean, said: “I‘m delighted that British pork can finally enter the Mexican market, after four years of intense negotiations with the Mexican authorities.
“Once again Mexican consumers can enjoy these quality British products – and UK pork exporters have access to this important and growing market.
“Another success in our campaign to reduce barriers to trade between our countries.”