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  • 05 Jan 2021 11:30 AM | Mel Harcourt (Administrator)

    Effective January 1, 2021, the United States (U.S.) has an equivalence arrangement with the United Kingdom (UK), which includes Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales) and Northern Ireland. This means that organic products certified to either the USDA or UK organic standards may be labelled and sold as organic in both countries, as long as the products meet the terms of the arrangement.

    Read the full information on USDA website

  • 30 Dec 2020 1:34 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The EU UK Trade Agreement establishes zero tariffs or quotas on trade between the UK and the EU, where goods meet the relevant rules of origin.     To benefit from free trade, goods will have to be of UK or EU origin.  This means they must meet the UK-EU preferential rules of origin based on where the products or ingredients used in their production come from. 

    Goods that do not meet the rules of origin can still be traded but they will not be able to benefit from preference under the TCA and may have to pay the standard (“Most Favoured Nation”) tariffs that the EU and UK apply to imports

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  • 11 Dec 2020 9:57 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The UK has signed a continuity agreement with Singapore, the UK's 12th largest market for food and drink in 2019.

    Find out about this and other trade agreements the UK has already signed and status of discussions with countries the EU has a trade agreement with:

  • 03 Dec 2020 12:16 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The UK's six organic certification bodies will be recognised by the EU for 12 months following the end of the Brexit transition period, it has been announced.  Members of the European Commission have given their approval in recognising the UK's organic certification standards.

    Unless equivalency between the UK and EU is established via a Trade Deal before the end of 2020, acceptance of organic products from GB will be on the basis of individual approval of UK certifiers under European Commission (EC) regulation EC1235/2008. All UK certifiers now have this approval. 

    All operators along the UK supply chain will need to be issued certification by a certifier who holds approval under EC1235/2008 for the relevant product category. Although the majority of certifiers are approved until the end of 2021, Soil Association Certification approval is valid until the end of 2023.

    From 1st January 2021, the UK is expected to work to an organic regulation based on the current EU organic regulation (EC834/2007). Although the EU will move to a new EU Organic Regulation in 2022 (EC848/2018) it is anticipated that UK certifiers will continue to apply the existing EU regulation (EC834/2007) for minimum of three years.

    Source - Soil Association:

  • 23 Nov 2020 1:46 PM | Sarah Briones (Administrator)

    International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has today secured an agreement for a continuity trade deal with “friend and ally” Canada.

    Today’s agreement to rollover provisions of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) gives certainty for UK businesses exporting goods and services to Canada worth £11.4 billion. It will support the British automotive manufacturing and food and drink industries which between them provide jobs for more than half a million people across the UK.

    The benefits locked in under the agreement reached today include:

    • Tariff-free trade on 98% of goods that can be exported to Canada including beef, fish and seafood and soft drinks. 
    • UK producers will continue to benefit from zero tariffs on many agricultural and seafood exports including chocolate, confectionary, fruit and vegetables, bread, pastries and fish. Last year the UK exported £344m worth of agri-food goods to Canada.

    Click here to read the full article


    Published on 21 November 2020

  • 26 Oct 2020 11:00 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    DIT North America is curating specific category boxes for dissemination to grocery retail buyers in the USA and Canada, and are collecting expressions of interest from UK suppliers currently doing business in the US, Canada or both, who would like to participate in this project. 

    Products included in this initiative must already have existing distribution in the US and/or Canadian markets so that they are eligible for retail listing consideration.

    Through this initiative DIT hopes to keep UK Food & Drink top of mind with buyers; demonstrate that the UK remains open for business, highlight some key innovation and trends across the category; bring greater profile to new brands or new SKUs; and educate the target audience about the strengths of the UK food and drink sector. Please note, this project is not intended to replace or compete with the retail product pitching that in-market reps are conducting, it’s meant to enhance it with a strong country of origin proposition halo, as is done at the GREAT-branded pavilions under normal circumstances at tradeshows. 

    There will be three category boxes:

    1. Ambient healthy snacking products (for both countries)
    2. Refrigerated cheese products (for US only)
    3. Non-alcoholic beverages (for Canada only)

    The assortment for the Canadian and US boxes may need to vary somewhat to address market availability. Expressions of interest are welcome from producers that already have distribution in the market but might not yet have exposure to certain retailers.  

    Deadline for submissions is 6 November. DIT North America will select the final assortment of products and contact those selected by 13 November, at which point more information around timelines and logistics will be shared.

    Please click here to complete the form: *Completing this form registers interest only and does not confirm participation.
  • 01 Oct 2020 5:33 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The FDEA, Food and Drink Federation (FDF), and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have come together to support the recovery of UK food and drink exports and update the Five Steps to Success guide to help businesses successfully navigate the export process and signpost a range of support that can help.  Key terms are explained, questions answered and support offered through five simple steps, concluding with an overview of useful contacts
    Download a copy here

  • 01 Oct 2020 1:01 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the exports of food and drink in the first half of 2020, with exports falling for the first time since  2015.  Exports fell by 13.8% to £9.7bn, as both exports to EU and non-EU markets declined.  Exports to the EU (-14.5%) decreased at a faster rate than those to non-EU markets (-12.6%).

    Read full details at
    Download the summary (pdf)

  • 30 Sep 2020 3:26 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The first shipments of UK beef are to depart for the USA today (30th September), marking a historic moment for UK farmers and food producers.

    Following the USA’s longstanding ban on EU beef – introduced in the wake of the BSE outbreak in 1996 – market access for UK beef was granted in March 2020. UK beef producers now have access to the US market for the first time in over 20 years.

    Today’s news means the sector can now begin to reap the economic benefits of trade with the US – with industry estimating beef exports will be worth £66 million over the next five years.

  • 25 Sep 2020 12:38 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The Government has launched a series of webinars on exporting products of animal origin from 1 January 2021, including health certificates, health ID marks and labelling. Places are limited on each one, so you are advised to book now online via

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