TARIFFS

So, for better or worse, Brexit is here and we have to work hard to fulfil the promises made for it.

Luckily, after months of lobbying and discussion, the government has finally announced the UK Global Tariff agreement.

This was reciprocated, a little while later, by the EU deciding to grant third country listing status to the UK, giving approval for exports of products of animal origin.

The UK Global Tariff declaration means that tariffs and quotas already in place will remain, rather than having to impose higher WTO tariffs, which would have seriously hampered business and trading opportunities.

Reaching the age of 21 used to be the sign of attaining maturity.

Let’s hope 2021 will, in spite of lockdown delaying progress, be a year of growth, increased productivity and renewed manufacturing.

As far as the egg sector is concerned, the abundant supply of UK-produced eggs should be capitalised on, to give total self-sufficiency and reduce imports to an absolute minimum.

It is also a chance to actively promote eggs and raise the per capita consumption from it’s current level, which is far behind many other countries.

The government is giving a lead by announcing a consultation on their plans to allow gene editing of plants and animals, but early signs of extensive paperwork are already causing considerable delays at French ports and may lead to deterioration of fresh goods.