WITH only two weeks to go until the end of the European Union exit transition period, Scotland’s sheepmeat sector is on tenterhooks.
According to the latest market commentary by Quality Meat Scotland, the latest meeting between the UK Prime Minister and the European Commission President has not reduced the uncertainty for Scotland’s sheep farmers and processors.
With time quickly running out for a deal to be in place in time for January 1, the potential for market disruption, particularly in the early weeks of 2021, highlights the critical importance of communication between farmers and processors.
“The primary concern for the sheep sector is that without a trade agreement, Scotch Lamb PGI will face the EU’s considerable tariff shield from the beginning of 2021,” said QMS senior economics analyst Iain Macdonald.
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