UNITED KINGDOM, London. Six sites in Britain have been given official approval to export trotters to China announced in a new agreement. Exports will be able to commence shortly after the sites – five in England and one in Scotland – were confirmed to meet Chinese requirements.
It will be the first time these sites in Britain, which belong to Cranswick, Karro and Tulip, have exported trotters to China. While trotters have relatively low demand in the UK, they are prized in the Chinese market.
The announcement follows a lengthy process of negotiations involving the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) in collaboration with the FSA, UKECP, APHA and the wider industry.
China is the UK’s biggest customer of pig meat and is a market which continues to grow in both volume and value. In the year-to-date, around a third of our total pig meat exports was shipped to China – up 58% on last year. So far this year, total pig meat exports are worth £369 mill. – of which the Chinese market is valued at £93 mill. – a rise of 111% compared to the same time last year.
The news comes just days after the government announced beef from the UK will be exported to China for the first time in 20 years.