UK’s National Pig Association writes to government over Brexit challenges

The National Pig Association (NPA) has written to Defra Secretary George Eustice over Brexit upheavals.

28 January 2021, at 9:57am

The NPA wrote a letter to Secretary Eustice on 26 January, drawing his attention to the unprecedented challenges the UK’s pig industry is facing.

The letter highlights how the Brexit decision has impacted the pork sector’s ability to export goods to the EU, the UK’s biggest trading partner. It also draws attention to the difficulties in exporting pork to Northern Ireland due to additional customs checks at ports of entry.

Remaking the UK’s trade regime has happened in tandem with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, which has put enormous pressure on the pig industry. Pig producers and processors have had to contend with falling prices, reduced slaughter capacity and livestock remaining on farms – leaving it hamstrung and unable to easily pivot.

Read the full letter here, and see the NPA’s background analysis in an appendix here.