Japan has agreed to open its market to imports of UK lamb and beef in a deal worth £127 million over the first five years.
The agreement, signed during Prime Minister Abe’s visit to the UK follows a year of success for UK exporters included China lifting its ban on UK beef and India preparing to import UK sheep meet.
Farming Minister George Eustice said: “The opening of the Japanese market is an excellent result for beef and lamb producers across the UK and demonstrates confidence in our high standards of food and drink.”
The lifting of the ban follows a series of visits and negotiations between UK and Japanese officials, including inspections of lamb production systems in 2018.
AHDB International Market Development Director Dr Phil Hadley said: “Today’s announcement is fantastic news for our farmers and producers and it follows years of hard work by government, AHDB and key industry stakeholders. Access to this lucrative new market is a testament to the high quality produce and world-renowned standards we have here in the UK.”
The opening of more markets for lamb is good news for farmers in Wales, where lamb meat accounts for a third of total food and drink exports.