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Defra and Livestock Industry Announce UKECP

06 November 2008

UK - Defra and the UK livestock export industry have launched a new partnership to help exporters enjoy a larger share of the global market.

The new UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP), built on the success of the Export Certification User Group that has been meeting over the last six years, will further improve the use of joint Defra and industry efforts to negotiate with non-EU markets.

Rob Wills, Executive Director of the British Livestock Genetics Consortium (BLG) said: "BLG has played a leading role in both the User Group and the establishment of UKECP. This unique partnership is quite novel and should greatly help the livestock and meat sectors on certification matters. It reflects the trusting and mature relationship that we have developed with Defra."

Initially a three year trial, UKECP is an informal industry working group that:

  1. liaises with the UK livestock and livestock product industries to establish export market priorities;
  2. provides a forum to discuss the use of Defra agents to negotiate export health certificates on behalf of the UK; and
  3. helps to draft and follow through the agreement of export health certification which is generally required before exports can commence.

Farming Minister Jane Kennedy said: "Britain has a world-class livestock industry, but to get the most out of competitive international markets it's crucial that the Government and Industry works together. After disease outbreaks in the past, the partnership between government and industry has helped to speed the re-opening of the international markets, and this new partnership will strengthen that response and widen the opportunities available to our exporters."

Peter Hardwick, International Manager of the Agriculture, Horticulture Development Board Meat Services (AHDBms) said: "The UK Export Certification Partnership strengthens the already excellent co-operation between industry and government on market access work. It will facilitate greater flexibility in the allocation of resources to what is often a very time consuming and complex process. International markets are essential to the profitability of the UK meat and livestock sector and we are confident that this new initiative will open up even more avenues to develop further our international trade."

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