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  • 06 Jul 2021 11:41 AM | Anonymous

    Good luck to our FDEA members shortlisted for the FDF Exporter of the Year.  Great to see that all shortlisted companies are active members:

    • British Corner Shop
    • Nairn’s Oatcakes Ltd
    • Princes Limited
    • Ramsden International
    • Symington's Ltd
    • Taylors of Harrogate

    Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 16 September 2021, taking place at the Royal Lancaster, London. 

    Going to be hard to choose!!

  • 05 Jul 2021 12:50 PM | Anonymous

    There are changes to EU law from 21 April 2021 that will affect traders who move certain live animals, germinal products and products of animal origin to Northern Ireland, or who export them to the EU. All EU Export Health Certificates(EHCs) need to be updated to reflect the new rules, but this will be phased in between April and August 2021. 

    From 30 June 2021 DEFRA published 38 new EHCs on form finder so you can familiarise yourself with them.  A series of webinars are planned to explain the changes. Click here to view dates and sign up

  • 01 Jul 2021 4:42 PM | Anonymous

    China - Yantian International Container Terminal is getting back up to speed but the container shipping backlog at the port could yet take weeks to untangle, leaving many shippers turning to rail to get their cargo out of China. Freight rates from China to North Europe have breached the $20,000 per 40ft mark and although these rates include a premium to secure equipment and space, some shippers are reporting that their cargo is still being rolled. As peak season is approaching shippers need to brace themselves s FAK and GRI rate hikes hit on 1st July.

    USA - A report from Container xChange has suggested that containers coming into the largest US import gateway can face detention and demurrage charges over $2,500, triple the global average. The demand surge and resulting vessel delays and port congestion are believed to be the key factors impacting the costs.

    This news is published by FDEA Member WTA Group. Subscribe to their newsletter here

  • 01 Jul 2021 4:24 PM | Anonymous
    The UK Government and European Union have confirmed they have agreed to extend the grace period allowing the trade of chilled meats, such as sausages and mince, from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. The extension will run for a further three months until 30 September.

    Under EU food safety rules, chilled meat products are not allowed to enter the single market from non-member countries.  There is still no agreement on how to resolve the dispute in the long term.

  • 18 Jun 2021 9:09 AM | Anonymous

    The Food & Drink Federation have today released the Q1 statistics for food and drink exporters.

    Exports of food and drink to non-EU markets topped sales to the EU in the first quarter of 2021, with EU sales falling 47% compared with Q1 2020 as a result of the on-going impacts of Covid-19 and changes in the UK’s trading relationships.

    Sales to non-EU nations accounted for 55% of all UK food and drink exports, with exports to the EU having fallen by £2bn compared with Q1 2019. Exports to nearly all EU Member States fell significantly. In Q1 2021, sales to Ireland were down by more than two thirds, while sales to Germany, Spain and Italy declined by more than half since Q1 2020.

    All of the UK’s top 10 products exported to the EU fell significantly in value from 2019 to 2021, with whisky dropping 32.3%, chocolate 36.9% and lamb and mutton 14.3%. Dairy products have been most severely impacted. Compared to 2020, exports of milk and cream to the EU have fallen by more than 90%, and exports of cheese by two thirds in the same time period.

    There has also been a return to strong growth in exports to East Asia, where there is high demand for quality UK food and drink. In Q1 2021, exports to China (+28.2%), Hong Kong (+3.7%), Japan (+6.2%) and South Korea (+18.5%) were all above the levels seen in Q1 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic triggered the early closure of hospitality sectors. The UK’s top three non-EU markets, US (11%), China (5%) and Singapore (3%), now account for 19% of the UK’s total exports, a figure of £713m.

    UK imports from the EU were also down 10%, driven by a number of factors including the continued closure of the UK’s hospitality sector, stockpiling in late 2020, reduced demand for ingredients as a result of the decline in exports to the EU and import substitution. This fall is set to increase when full checks are implemented at UK borders in 2022. Of the UK’s top 10 products imported from the EU from 2019 to 2021, vegetables dropped 13.9%, wine 20% and fruits 15.7%. Products of animal original were also heavily impacted, with large falls in imports of EU pork, cheese, chicken and beef.

    These statistics were compiled by the Food & Drink Federation. Dominic Goudie, Head of International Trade, the FDF, said:  The loss of £2bn of exports to the EU is a disaster for our industry and is a very clear indication of the scale of losses that UK manufacturers face in the longer-term due to new trade barriers with the EU.

    We set out a plan to mitigate these impacts by boosting support for exporters and this was backed by the Trade and Agriculture Commission. The Government must stop prevaricating and get behind these proposals to help exporters that have been shut out of trading with the EU.

    FDEA commented that whilst some of this large drop can be put down to end of year stock piling,  significant business has been lost as a direct result of the additional bureaucracy, customs delays and costs of trading with the EU.  Experienced FDEA members are continuing to battle against inconsistent interpretations of regulations across the EU and having to weigh up whether the time and cost involved is sustainable.  We fully support the FDF in pressing Government to boost support for exporters.   

  • 17 Jun 2021 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    The UK and US have agreed to a five-year suspension of punitive tariffs on goods including Scotch whisky, pork and Stilton, and to cooperate more closely on tackling unfair trade practices by non-market economies.

    Commenting on the deal, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association Karen Betts said:
    This is very good news for Scotch Whisky. The past two years have been extremely damaging for our industry, with the loss of over £600m in exports to the United States caused by a 25% tariff on Single Malt Scotch Whisky imposed as a result of the long-running dispute between US and European aircraft manufacturers. This deal removes the threat of tariffs being reimposed on Scotch Whisky next month and enables distillers to focus on recovering exports to our largest and most valuable export market.

    AHDB's International Director Phil Hadley welcomed the news of the suspension for 5 years, adding that this gives UK exporters the opportunity to grow their markets competitively over that period without the addition of a 25% tariff. 

    Read full story at

  • 16 Jun 2021 3:32 PM | Anonymous
    Amazon is this week opening a new Amazon Fresh grocery store - the first full-size supermarket in the chain to feature the retailer's Just Walk Out checkout-free technology.

    The 25,000-square-foot store in Bellevue, Washington, will feature traditional checkout lanes. When they walk in, shoppers will be asked to choose between a traditional shopping experience or the Just Walk Out experience.


  • 15 Jun 2021 3:22 PM | Anonymous

    The UK has secured a trade deal with Australia eliminating tariffs on all UK goods.

    The main elements of the deal were agreed on 14 June, with a final Agreement in Principle to be published shortly.

    Scotland exported £126m of beverages to Australia in 2020 - this deal will help distillers by removing tariffs of up to 5% on Scotch Whisky.

    British farmers will be protected by a cap on tariff-free imports for 15 years, using tariff rate quotas and other safeguards. 

    It is hoped the deal will boost the UK's bid to join CPTPP, one of the largest free trade areas in the world, covering £9 trillion of GDP and 11 Pacific nations from Australia to Mexico.


  • 11 Jun 2021 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    The UK Government is looking for input from exporters to help inform DIT's approach to negotiations on free trade agreements with India, Canada and Mexico starting later this year..

    • what you think about current trading arrangements 
    • where could they make changes or improvements - eg standards, regulations, tariffs, regulations, certification etc.

    All responses will be submitted via the online consultation platform. Click on the links below to find out more.

    Canada & Mexico 

  • 09 Jun 2021 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    FDEA's workshop for members on 8 June focused on the changing rules around VAT on Online Sales to the EU.

    From 1 July 2021 the EU Commission will simplify VAT rules for e-commerce businesses by applying the principle of taxation at destination. Essentially, this means that VAT should be charged in the  EU country where the customer is based, rather than the supplier.

    For EU micro-businesses whose annual taxable cross-border turnover remains below EUR 10,000, VAT will continue to be due where they are established. As soon as the EUR10,000 exemption threshold is breached, the online business will need to start charging VAT in each EU country where its customers are based.  

    VAT experts  shared valuable advice on what the changes mean for UK food and drink companies including how to charge VAT, registering for VAT and making VAT returns.

    Check out the recording of our event to understand the full detail:

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