On-the-Ground Updates

FTA between Australia and UK

Fresh Whole Beef
Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Jose Salman
Published Jun 18, 2020
The Australian red meat industry on June 18th welcomed the launch of the Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (A-UK FTA) negotiations, under unique circumstances.

Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, and UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, launched the negotiations via video conference, a phenomenon we are growing accustomed to in the era of COVID-19.

It was also unique in that the UK, as a consequence of Brexit, is now on the path to securing trade relationships independently of the European Union (EU) – for the first time in 48 years.

Andrew McDonald, Chair of the Australia-UK Red Meat Market Access Taskforce, said the Taskforce was encouraged by both the Australian and UK Governments' commitment that they would seek an ambitious and comprehensive FTA, with the Australian Government prioritizing enhanced market access for goods – including red meat.
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