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Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 156225, tabled on 22 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the UK fishing industry access markets.

Answered on

2 March 2021

Defra is working closely with industry and with other Government departments to facilitate market access for UK seafood exports globally, including through negotiating ambitious new free-trade agreements with key markets for seafood such as Japan, and through tackling specific market access barriers as they arise in countries such as Ukraine and China. Defra is also ensuring that the interests of UK seafood businesses are represented in the Government’s live trade negotiations with countries including the USA and Norway. Defra also continues to work tirelessly with other government departments, industry and the relevant authorities to ensure smooth trade flow of our goods into and out of the EU and to minimise disruption at the border.

The Defra-led ‘Food is GREAT’ campaign also plays a significant part in supporting the industry access new markets and increase its market share. The campaign, run in coordination with the Department for International Trade and Seafish, promotes our excellent UK food and drink exports, including seafood, in international markets. Running between March and April 2021; this will promote UK seafood at trade shows in the US, Canada and Japan; and will develop content and materials to help promote UK seafood in market to buyers, importers and distributors.