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  • 30 Jun 2020 12:28 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Update - The exemption period for Arabic labelling and production date stamping for food & drink products to the UAE ended on 30 June. Please ensure that all shipments departing the UK for the UAE now follow the labelling and date coding requirements

  • 22 Jun 2020 9:00 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) welcomes the Government initiative launched by Minister Graham Stuart today to support many of the UK food and drink exporters that we work with.

    We particularly welcome the appointment of an Agri Food Counsellor serving the UAE and the Gulf to be based in Dubai. It is the role of Government to ensure that markets are open to business for UK companies.  Locally based experts who can develop relationships with both regulatory and commercial interests must deliver real benefits and create opportunities to build exports.

    Whilst developing sales in the Gulf is important, our members still regard reaching an agreement on future trade with the EU, which accounts for almost 60% of Food & Drink exports, as the highest priority for Government.  Industry and Government must continue to work together to maintain and build export markets.

    Full Text of Government announcement below:

    • Package of measures designed to boost trade and investment and help industry recover from impact of coronavirus
    • Ministers believe it will help trigger an ‘export bounce back’
    • Designed partly to help businesses capitalise on opportunities that will be opened up by new trade agreements with Japan, US, Australia and New Zealand

    A ‘bounce back’ plan of trade measures for the agriculture, food and drink industry has been announced today to help support businesses that have been impacted by coronavirus.

    The new strategic interventions jointly announced by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will offer immediate support to help businesses in the industry grow their trade activity overseas.

    As the UK’s largest manufacturing industry, and a key part of the UK’s food supply chain, which contributed a staggering £121 billion to the UK economy in 2018 and supports around 4 million jobs, agriculture food and drink is a major contributor to the UK economy. In 2019, UK food, feed and drink exports were worth £23.7bn – up 4.9% from 2018.  

    The measures will support producers, manufacturers and agri-tech companies right through the food supply chain, from farm to fork, and has been developed with input from trade associations, businesses and DIT’s regional and international networks. 

    The UK agriculture food and drink industry has been significantly impacted by Coronavirus during these unprecedented times. Industry have done well to adapt but we understand there have been huge pressures and the Government is committed to support the industry through this period and beyond. To address this, the roadmap includes a new programme of physical and virtual events, an overseas virtual buyer trial, a ‘Smart Distance Selling Process’, and a package of ‘Ready to Trade’ Exporting Masterclass webinars and virtual events.  

    Leveraging DIT’s existing E-exporting Programme, the measures include the launch of a new SME E-commerce Accelerator Pilot to increase the level of international e-commerce backing for SME’s in the food and drink industry.  

    The plan will also see the introduction of Defra’s first ever Agri-food Counsellor serving the Gulf, supporting our food and drink industry and representing the interests of UK businesses already exporting to the region, as well as those looking to export there for the first time. 

    The measures are being announced as part of a programme of support for the agriculture, food and drink industry to ensure they benefit from new trade and investment opportunities including future free trade agreements (FTAs).  

    Over the last two months the Department for International Trade has launched the first round of talks for the US, Japan and Australia and New Zealand Free Trade Agreement negotiations, and announced the first UK Tariff in almost 50 years, the UK Global Tariff, that firmly backs British industry, including agri-food and drink. In 2019 the UK exported £2.4bn of food and drink to the US, £312m to Japan, £453m to Australia and £58m to New Zealand. 

    The full range of measures announced today include: 

    1. Launch of a GREAT DIT Food & Drink Exporting Masterclass, an extensive and bespoke programme of webinars to be produced in conjunction with trade associations, UK regions, including Devolved Administrations, and DIT’s international network, all supported by DIT’s Export Specialists.  

    2.  Launch of Food & Drink SME E-commerce Accelerator Pilot to leverage DIT’s E-exporting Programme to increase the level of international e-commerce support for food and drink SMEs, including agri-tech. This will include the offer of one-to-one e-commerce export clinics with the programme’s e-commerce specialists and regional advisers, a new series of industry webinars and podcasts focussed on highlighting the opportunities available to export through e-marketplaces internationally, as well as virtual workshops on internationalising their websites for those companies selling direct to consumers in various markets around the world.    

    3. Promote 50 Food and Drink Export Champions to stimulate aspiring exporters, while utilising ITA specialist networks focused on agri-food. 

    4. Announce the first Defra Agri-food Counsellor serving the UAE and wider Gulf Region, with the role focussing on supporting our food and drink sector and representing the interests of UK businesses already exporting to the area, as well as those looking to export for the first time. The new Defra-funded Regional Agri-Food Counsellor will be based in Dubai and will work alongside DIT’s existing sector leads in the UAE, providing specialist knowledge and engagement in Government to Government discussions on behalf of UK interests and sectors. She will also support food and drink promotion activity at the UK pavilion at World Expo in 2021, identifying opportunities for new markets and further developing existing export relationships.

    5. Launch of a programme of physical and virtual events, using innovative, interactive software to connect buyers, promote the UK and reach international markets. This will include: an overseas virtual buyer trial working directly with chosen US buyers through a virtual delivery programme; and developing a UK ‘Smart Distance Selling Process’, which includes the dispatch of food and drink samples to buyers. 

    6. LeveragingDefra’s Food is GREAT campaign, which will extend into the UAE and the EU later this year, to provide impactful and targeted activity in priority export markets, such as USA, China and Japan. This also will be complemented by new agri-food creative imagery within DIT’s GREAT Ready to Trade campaign when this resumes in the summer, under the Food is GREAT and Invest in GREAT pillars.  

    7. Two Virtual Investor Roundtables chaired by Lord Grimstone, Minister for Investment, with agri-food and drink, and agri-tech companies to inform the development of the UK’s investment strategy, the UK Agri-Tech International Strategy and the launch of Phase 2 of the High Potential Opportunity Programme. 

    8.  Uplift of UK Export Finance’s “Exporters’ Edge” campaign to further outreach and engagement to identify and respond to the needs of the industry and raise awareness of how UKEF and Trade Finance can help the businesses win and fulfil export contracts. UKEF is also accelerating the development of its products to allow a wider range of UK exporters to access its support. Its enhanced offer will provide easier access to working capital for UK exporters by offering financing that is not tied to specific export contracts but instead supports general business activities.

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  • 12 Jun 2020 5:04 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The UK has formally notified the EU that it will neither accept or seek any extension to the Transition Period.

    However, coronavirus has had an unprecedented impact on all aspects of life and because of this the UK Government is introducing border controls in stages for EU goods imported into GB to give businesses more time to prepare. The stages are:

    • From January 2021: Traders importing standard goods, covering everything from clothes to electronics, will need to prepare for basic customs requirements, such as keeping sufficient records of imported goods, and will have up to six months to complete customs declarations. While tariffs will need to be paid on all imports, payments can be deferred until the customs declaration has been made. There will be checks on controlled goods like alcohol and tobacco. Businesses will also need to consider how they account for VAT on imported goods. There will also be physical checks at the point of destination on all high risk live animals and a proportion of low-risk live animals.

    • From April 2021: All products of animal origin (POAO) – for example meat, pet food, honey, milk or egg products – and all regulated plants and plant products will also require pre-notification and the relevant health documentation.

    • From July 2021: Traders moving all goods will have to make declarations at the point of importation and pay relevant tariffs. Full Safety and Security declarations will be required, while for SPS commodities there will be an increase in physical checks and the taking of samples: checks for animals, plants and their products will now take place at GB Border Control Posts.

    To support businesses with the new processes taking effect next year, Government has developed a new £50m package to boost the capacity of customs intermediaries – including customs brokers, freight forwarders and express parcel operators – providing businesses with further support. This funding will support intermediaries with recruitment, training and supplying IT equipment to help handle customs declarations. Rules will also be changed to remove barriers for intermediaries taking on new clients.

    Additionally, the UK has committed to building new border facilities in Great Britain for carrying out required checks, such as customs compliance, transit, and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks, as well as providing targeted support to ports to build new infrastructure. It is consulting with ports across the UK to agree what infrastructure is required.

    Read more at www.gov.uk


  • 27 May 2020 4:15 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Q1 exports of food and drink fell by over £700m (-12.7%) to £5.1bn compared to the same period in 2019.

    • Sales to EU countries were the hardest hit, with the total value falling by 17.4% to £3.1bn, largely driven by the immediate impacts of COVID-19, and subsequently the closure of the hospitality sector.

    • Sales to the majority of the UK's top markets declined, and the share of exports to the EU fell in Q1 2020 - both for branded and for all food and drink.

    • Almost one third of branded UK food and drink exports now go to non-EU countries, a 4.5 percentage point (pp) increase on Q1 2019. The US, Australia and China all maintained demand for UK branded food and drink.

    Read more at www.fdf.org.uk

  • 27 May 2020 9:54 AM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Private label keeps gaining market share across Europe. The latest Nielsen market share statistics compiled for PLMA’s 2020 International Private Label Yearbook reports that private label gained market share last year in 14 of the 19 countries surveyed.

    Market share for retailer brands was greater than 30% in all but one of the countries monitored by Nielsen. In Europe’s largest retail markets, private label share stayed above 40% in the United Kingdom and Germany, and now accounts for nearly one of every three products sold in France. In Italy, market share climbed by more than 2 points, its biggest gain ever.

    One of the biggest increases was posted in The Netherlands, where share was up more than 7 points to 37%. The unusually large gain came as sales from Aldi with its extensive private label program, were counted by Nielsen for the first time. In nearby Belgium, market share for retailer brands climbed to 44%.

    Spain and Portugal remained very strong markets for private label.  Half of all products sold in Spain were retailer brands, while market share in Portugal climbed nearly 3 points to over 43%.

    Read more at www.plmainternational.com

    Contact PS8 to discuss exhibiting at PLMA Amsterdam or PLMA Chicago


  • 23 May 2020 12:57 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Exporters will need to plan around new measures at the UK border due to come into effect on 8 June 2020.  They include 14 days self-isolation for anyone entering the UK, bar a short list of exemptions  The full list is available on GOV.UK and include:

    • road haulage and freight workers, to ensure the supply of goods is not impacted;
    • Anyone moving from within the Common Travel Area, covering Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man;
    • a worker with specialist technical skills, where those skills are required for essential or emergency works or services (including commissioning, maintenance, and repairs and safety checks) to ensure the continued production, supply, movement, manufacture, storage or preservation of goods
    • Seasonal Agricultural Workers who will self-isolate on the property where they are working

    The Home Office has been working closely with industry partners ahead of announcing these changes.  The changes will be subject to review every three weeks, to ensure they are in line with the latest scientific evidence and remain effective and necessary.

    The measures outlined by the Home Secretary include:

    • Contact locator form – All arriving passengers will be required to fill this in to provide contact and travel information so they can be contacted if they, or someone they may have been in contact with, develops the disease.
    • Self-isolation - Passengers arriving in the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and could be contacted regularly throughout this period to ensure compliance.
    • Enforcement - Anyone failing to comply with the mandatory conditions may face enforcement action.  A breach of self-isolation would be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England or potential prosecution and unlimited fine.  The level of fine could increase if the risk of infection from abroad increases.  The Devolved Administrations will set out their own enforcement approaches.
    • Spot checks - Border Force will undertake checks at the border and may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to comply with these regulations and is not resident in the UK. Failure to complete the form is also punishable by a £100 fixed penalty notice.  Public health authorities will conduct random checks in England to ensure compliance with self-isolation requirements.  Removal from the country would be considered as a last resort for foreign nationals who refuse to comply with these public health measures.

      Source: Department for Business (BEIS)


  • 19 May 2020 12:53 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    From 1 January 2021, the UK will apply a UK-specific tariff to imported goods.  

    This UK Global Tariff (UKGT) will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff, which applies until 31 December 2020.  The UKGT will apply to all goods imported into the UK unless:

    It only shows the tariffs that will be applied to goods at the border when they’re imported into the UK.

    It does not cover:

    To check the Tariffs relevant to you or to download the full UKGT - click here


  • 14 May 2020 2:19 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    Food retail

    In the diagram below from Nielsen, we see a YTD growth of 7.8% in Dutch food retail.   In week 11 we see a peak in supermarket turnover because of panic buying from consumers. Turnover in week 16  was higher due to Easter purchases. Easter purchases in 2020 were 7.5% up on those of 2019.


    For 2020 the forecast for supermarkets is a growth of 5.7%. Large supermarkets are expected to grow fastest because of an increase in one stop shopping behaviour. This will probably also have a negative impact on the market share of hard discounters.

    Online purchases are growing fast in this crisis. Markets share of online will grow from 3.9% in January to 4,9% mid 2020.

    Product categories such as personal safety (personal and home cleaning), home baking, home cooking and indulgence products are expected to have continued growth.

    Contact FDEA's In Market Associate for the Netherlands to discuss how you could build your business in the market.


  • 13 May 2020 1:43 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The UK  has  today published  its negotiating objectives for a free trade agreement with Japan, with talks beginning shortly.

    The aim is to agree an ambitious and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Japan that builds on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and secures additional benefits for UK businesses.  

    Read more here


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  • 13 May 2020 12:44 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

    The Government will temporarily guarantee trade credit insurance to assist businesses having trouble maintaining cover following impacts from the current pandemic.

    Trade Credit Insurance provides cover for business to business transactions, particularly in non-service sectors, such as manufacturing and construction. It insures suppliers selling goods against the company they are selling to defaulting on payment, giving businesses the confidence to trade with one another. But due to Coronavirus and businesses struggling to pay bills, they risk having credit insurance withdrawn, or premiums increasing to unaffordable levels

    Full details will be announced in due course.

    Read more at www.gov.uk

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