Tariffs welcomed but must not be lost in free trade deals, warns BFREPA

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Tariffs welcomed but must not be lost in free trade deals, warns BFREPA

The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) says it is encouraged that the Government has listened to its concerns and maintained the import tariff on eggs in its UK Global Tariff schedule.

The Government’s no-deal Brexit plan was to abolish the tariff paid on imported eggs into the UK – a decision which would have paved the way for a tidal wave of cheap, imported products from farms which don’t meet the UK’s high welfare and health standards.

BFREPA CEO Robert Gooch said that while the move was welcome, all eyes will now be on free trade deals where the tariff could be waived as part of the negotiations.

“Egg producers will cautiously welcome this long-overdue commitment to retain the tariff on imported eggs and, in doing so, protect the world-leading standards of animal welfare, food safety and environmental care found on UK farms,” Robert said.

“These tariffs protect consumers from being sold food containing eggs which can be produced in conditions that are illegal here at a lower price than is possible while meeting UK standards.

“BFREPA has consistently said that standards must not be undermined in trade deals. This is a step in the right direction but we will be watching closely to ensure this commitment is honoured when establishing new free trade agreements in the coming months.”

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About BFREPA

BFREPA is the voice of the free range egg industry representing producers. Since 1991 the organisation has developed a key role in the UK egg industry, influencing legislation, shaping policy and fighting for a fair deal for its members. Find out more at www.bfrepa.co.uk