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Russian Visit Paves Way for British Exports

15 February 2012
EBLEX

RUSSIA - Market access for British beef and lamb exports to Russia has again come under the spotlight during an inspection of UK farms and processors by a Russian delegation.

Eight Russian vets spent just over a week with Defra's export team visiting farms and processing facilities as part of the process of working towards developing potential market access for the UK.

As one of the biggest global importers of beef, Russia has been identified by EBLEX as a top priority for market access.

The lifting of import restrictions is a key issue which the organisation, via the Export Certification Partnership with DEFRA, has been working to address. Estimates have suggested that, should trade restrictions be lifted, it could be worth £115 million to the UK beef industry alone in the first three years.

Peter Hardwick, head of trade development for EBLEX, said: "Cultivating export opportunities in developing markets is a key area for the beef and lamb sector. Russia is one of our target markets for both beef and lamb exports. As such, the visit of the Russian delegation is a step in the right direction towards the UK achieving market access.

"Ultimately, improved market access for beef and lamb in non-EU countries will help improve the UK's ability to compete in the global arena and optimise returns for producers."

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