Hong Kong opens up to UK bone-in beef
Published:  01 June, 2012

Hong Kong has resumed the import of UK bone-in-beef in cattle less than 30 months old, six months after agreeing to the trade agreement in principle.

The move was heralded by Eblex as an important step in the opening up of important fifth-quarter products.

Peter Hardwick, head of trade development for Eblex, said: “In trade terms this is an interesting development, but limited. In terms of progress, this is an important development.”

The trade in beef from the UK was banned in Hong Kong sixteen years ago in the wake of the BSE crisis, although boneless beef from cattle less than 30 months old (excluding offal) recommenced in June 2009.   

The deal was struck last December, by Defra, Eblex and the authorities in Hong Kong.