Irish meat processors call for no-deal tariff supports

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Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has emphasised the importance of the EU and UK, concluding a trade deal before the transition period ends on 31st December.

It comes as the Farming Independent revealed on Tuesday that the Government had intensified plans to support the agriculture sector post Brexit.

While it is not clear yet what shape this support will take, meat processors has said in the event of the worst case scenario of a No Trade Deal, and the imposition of tariffs on trade, a Tariff Support Mechanism must be introduced to ensure that Irish meat exports can continue to supply the UK market.

MII said such a support scheme would help Irish beef maintain its ‘hard won’ position in the UK supply chain.

“Tariffs are a tax on trade and this is where the solution needs to be targeted. Our objective must be to ensure that our product can continue to compete in the UK market and that this important market is maintained for Irish beef producers and exporters,” it said.

 

 

by Ciaran Moran

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