After imposing nearly a 20-year ban on UK beef imports, China has agreed to re-open its market to British beef. Both countries have signed a UK-China Beef Protocol, allowing market access for UK beef exporters by the end of 2019. “This comes as a result of years of hard work across Government, including at the Department for International Trade, and marks the next step in realising our global trading ambitions with unbeatable British food”, said Liam Fox, UK International Trade Secretary. “As we leave the European Union, we will continue to break down market access barriers to make it easier for UK businesses to trade across the world.”

China is currently the UK’s eighth largest export market for food and drink, with more than £610 million (US$785 million) worth of products bought by Chinese consumers last year.