There has also been a rebound to a strong increase in exports to East Asia. There is high interest in quality UK food and drink.
As an effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, it changes the UK’s trading association. Exports of food and drink to the EU reduction 47% compares with Q1 2020, while non-EU markets surpassed sales to the EU in Q1 2021.
Non-EU food & drink exports have drop sales
Relating with Q1 2019, sales to non-EU estimated for 55% of all UK food and drink exports. Then exports to the UK fall by £2bn. Exports to approximately all EU Member States decreased significantly.
Comparing sales based on products
All of the UK’s top 10 products shipped to the EU fell significantly in value from 2019 to 2021. The details are whisky falling 32.3%, chocolate 36.9% and lamb and mutton 14.3%. Dairy products have been most seriously affected.
Compared to 2020, exports of milk and cream to the EU have dropped by more than 90%, while exports of cheese by two thirds in the same period. There has also been a rebound to a strong increase in exports to East Asia. There is high interest in quality UK food and drink.
Lose £2bn sales of exports is a tragedy
Dominic Goudie, Head of International Trade at the FDF, said: “The loss of £2bn of exports to the EU is a tragedy for our industry. It is a very clear sign of the scale of losses that UK businesses face in the longer-term due to new trade restrictions with the EU.”
He added that they initiated out a plan to lessen the impacts by raising support for exporters. It was supported by the Trade and Agriculture Commission. He also thought that the Government must stop lying and help exporters. It is because they have been shut out of trading with the EU.