The National Pig Association (NPA) has called for an urgent review of the no deal pork tariffs.
The National Pig Association (NPA) has called on Defra Secretary Thersea Villiers to ditch the current no-deal tariff proposals for pork, which, it says, could force UK producers out of business and export more of UK pig production abroad.
Under the proposed tariff regime announced in March, tariffs on pork – applying equally to imports from the EU and the rest of the world – would typically equate to about 3-5 per cent, which would have minimal impact on importers.
In a letter, NPA chairman Richard Lister said he had ’grave concerns’ this could expose the UK to significantly cheaper exports from countries such as the US who produce pork to standards not permitted in the UK.
It comes after the NFU wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson highlighting World Trade Organisation rules meant UK farmers would face higher fees on exports such as 48 per cent on lamb and 84 per cent on beef (see graphic).
The Government previously said it was committed to reviewing its no-deal tariff schedule, but on Wednesday (September 18) the Financial Times reported Westminster sources who said the ’broad thrust’ of the tariff schedule would remain in line with the proposals set out in March.
A Department for International Trade spokesperson declined to comment.