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UK food and drink regional exports report

The FDF’s newly released food and drink exports report analyses trends for UK food and drink trade in 2021, with a focus on the four nations.

For the UK, exports are down in 2021, yet some regions are showing promising signs of recovery, especially Scotland, Wales, the North East of England and the West Midlands.

The share of exports destined for non-EU markets is increasing in most regions, with particularly strong growth in London. As the UK increases opportunities around the globe, it is also important for the sector to improve the implementation of the UK-EU trade agreement, as the EU remains the largest market for all regions.

This report shows the importance of the food and drink sector in every region of the UK, and support for our sector would deliver growth and jobs in every region, aiding the government’s levelling up agenda.

Trade snapshot: Full Year 2021

The FDF’s newly released 2021 Trade Snapshot analyses trends for UK food and drink trade in 2021.

Non-EU markets showed signs of recovery from 2020’s losses, with exports up from 2020 levels, and imports higher than in 2019. Exports to most regions increased in 2021, with Central and South America up more than 62%. Since 2020, total imports are down around 4%, however imports from non-EU markets have increased 6.5%.

We have seen a strong rebound for exports to Israel and East Asia. This was helped by the updated UK-Japan agreement which came into force in 2021. UK Government also plans to renegotiate the continuity trade agreement with Israel, improving market access for UK exporters.

Following a large fall in Q1 2021, trade with the EU partially recovered later in the year, though it remains significantly below pre-pandemic levels. Exports to the EU were 12.0% lower than 2020 and 15.5% lower than 2019.




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Report: Trade snapshot: Full year 2021

18 March 2022

The FDF’s newly released 2021 Trade Snapshot analyses trends for UK food and drink trade in 2021.

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EU customs and trade support

We have been working to put in place a range of solutions that will help members moving goods into and out of the EU. This includes a programme of training courses, free expert guidance, customs support and staffing assistance.

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Report: Eating into household budgets: the Government’s recipe for food price inflation

20 July 2021

This report looks at the impact UK Government policies will have on food prices for both our food and drink manufacturing businesses and our household shopping baskets across the UK.

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Webinar: The future of imports: what you need to do to keep your goods moving

10 September 2021

Listen to this webinar for a full insight into the future of imports from the EU into the UK and what key guidance you need to know in order to continue trading without friction.

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