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PFMA calls for new veterinary agreement

This comes in response to new restrictions to exports to the EU which are affecting businesses across the UK

The Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA), alongside other trade bodies in the SPS Certification Working Group, have teamed up to call for a new veterinary agreement and “streamlined processes” to deal with restrictions to exports to the EU.

Recent restrictions come after disruption at the border arising from Brexit, with businesses in the country’s pet food sector also being affected.

The UK’s new relationship with the trading block means British businesses now face waves of new regulations for exports, including international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) controls which significantly add to bureaucracy, cost and time.

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The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has posted a decrease of £8.9bn to £137bn in exports during the first quarter of 2021.

Roger Gale MP, who currently sits on the cross-party UK Trade and Business Commission, said: “This important report highlights the systemic challenges facing food exporters and the need for urgent solutions.

“This will all help inform the cross-party recommendations we are developing on how current barriers to trade with the EU can be addressed.”

 

 

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