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  • 13 May 2020 1:43 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The UK  has  today published  its negotiating objectives for a free trade agreement with Japan, with talks beginning shortly.

    The aim is to agree an ambitious and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Japan that builds on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and secures additional benefits for UK businesses.  

    Read more here
  • 13 May 2020 12:44 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The Government will temporarily guarantee trade credit insurance to assist businesses having trouble maintaining cover following impacts from the current pandemic.

    Trade Credit Insurance provides cover for business to business transactions, particularly in non-service sectors, such as manufacturing and construction. It insures suppliers selling goods against the company they are selling to defaulting on payment, giving businesses the confidence to trade with one another. But due to Coronavirus and businesses struggling to pay bills, they risk having credit insurance withdrawn, or premiums increasing to unaffordable levels

    Full details will be announced in due course.

  • 06 May 2020 12:52 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The NOLO - literally No and Low Alcohol -  trend is gaining ground in France. Born in the UK in 2013 at the same time as the « Dry January », this trend is becoming more and more popular in France, especially because it answers a growing demand: what to drink when we tend to drink less or no alcohol at all?

    In 2018, French people over 15 have consumed 11,55L. It was 13,9L in 2000…and 26L in 1960. Overall French people drink less. Less wine mainly, but also less spirits. Beer is the only segment doing well due to its low content of alcohol. Cocktails are also getting more trendy as they enable to adjust content of alcohol.

    French consumers habits are changing. More concerned about their health or simply by choice or religious beliefs, they want to reduce their consumption of alcohol

    Read more on this and other French market news on the website of FDEA's French In Market Associate Sutralis - click here

  • 05 May 2020 11:37 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    International Secretary of State Liz Truss and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer launched the first round of Free Trade Agreement negotiations today.  This first round of negotiations will last for approximately 2 weeks and will involve around 100 negotiators on each side.
    The UK’s negotiating objectives make clear that any future agreement must continue to uphold our high standards on food safety and animal welfare.

    The UK's approach to the talks is outlined in a publication - view online here

  • 16 Apr 2020 2:13 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    FDEA is representing its members on weekly calls with the Food and Drink Industry Roundtable on Coronavirus, along with other trade associations from across the UK food and drink supply chain.

    This global crisis highlights just how integral food and farming industries are to our country's critical national infrastructure .  Now more than ever, it is critical that we keep imports and exports of food and drink flowing. Essential movements of ingredients and raw materials must continue so that we can supply consumers across the UK.

    FDEA and the wider industry have come together to publish a letter, calling on all Governments to ensure the continuation of critical imports and exports of food and drink at this critical time. Read the full release on the Food & Drink Federation website - 

  • 15 Apr 2020 1:43 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Food and drink exports to the US have declined following the introduction of a 25% import tax in October 2019.

    The US tax on imports of pork, single-malt Scotch whisky, biscuits and dairy products was introduced following a dispute over EU subsidies to Airbus.

    The US is the UK’s second largest export market for UK food and drink.  Sales have nearly doubled over the last 20 years, but exports fell 6.7% in Q4 2019 following the retaliatory tariffs.

    The Scotch Whisky Association has reported a 25% year-on-year drop in exports for October to December 2019 in, with exports of the single malt declining by 17%. This fall represents a loss of £100m in exports.

    Read more on 2019 export figures and download data at

  • 13 Apr 2020 3:07 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA) has postponed the implementation of Saudi Technical Regulations No. (SFDA.FD 2233) “Nutritional Data Requirements on Food Products Label” until 30/09/2020. This regulation will, therefore, now be enforced from 01/10/2020 onwards.

    Details of food regulations for Saudi Arabia may be found at the Saudi Food & Drug Authority website :

  • 02 Apr 2020 9:59 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    A couple of links you may find helpful to keep up to date with business advise from Government relating to the Covid19 crisis: 

     BEIS have just set up a dedicated business focussed website :

    You can also sign up to receive regular updates direct to your inbox: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Business and Employers Bulletin  

  • 29 Mar 2020 11:12 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Food items from the UK may now enter all Dubai and Abu Dhabi ports without the mandatory Arabic labelling requirement and without having to date stamp production dates on mandatory items.  The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change & Environment (MOCCAE) has confirmed that this exemption will be extended to all entry ports in the UAE (including Sharjah and the Northern Emirates) until 30/06/2020.

    They will review the situation at the end of this period and will extend it if required.

    This change does not apply to spirits as the clearance of spirits is managed by customs authorities. There is no change to requirement of halal certification.

  • 26 Mar 2020 10:08 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The following information has been provided by  the London offices of the French Ministry of the Economy and Finances in relation to paperwork now required by drivers entering France:-

    Controls have been restored at French borders that mean foreigners will be refused entry with certain exceptions, including for workers carrying goods. There are no restrictions on the circulation of trucks, however, drivers must carry the French version of two signed waiver certificates or they will be refused entry.

    You can download the required waiver certificates (and unofficial courtesy translations in English) to allow the movement of trucks in France. Drivers must carry these at all time and they must be completed by both the driver and their employer
    Download here

    1. French personal travel waiver certificate (attestation de déplacement dérogatoire) which must be completed and signed by the driver.

    2. French professional travel waiver certificate (justificatif de déplacement professionnel) which must be completed and signed by the employer (i.e. the driver’s manager)

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