Source: Treena Hein, Pig Progress, 12 May 2021, photo credit: 123RF/Marian Vejcik/Business Day
Brexit was never expected to be easy on the UK pork sector, but in January, the UK’s National Pig Association (NPA) reported that export problems were reaching a breaking point. How does the British pig industry view Brexit and its aftermath?
Earlier this year, orders were being cancelled due to delays at Dover, Calais and other ports. In addition, officials at ports in France, Ireland and the Netherlands were reportedly taking a stringent approach to paperwork. “One load was caught at Calais for 20 hours undergoing vet checks and then rejected upon finally reaching its destination in Germany,” reported the NPA in January.
National Pig Association (NPA) chief executive Dr Zoe Davies stated the belief that there is clearly politics at play. “Why are 30% of all UK consignments to the EU being checked?” she asked. “This is far more than many other third country exporters to the EU. For New Zealand, for example, the figure is 1%.”