The International Meat Trade Association

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Regular Updates and Trade News:

  • Daily news via emails and the website.
  • Forecasting and market outlook information.
  • Alerts about possible meat scams.

UK and International Representation:

IMTA is an active member of:

  • UECBV, the European Trade Association for the Trade in Live Animals and Meat.
  • UKECP (UK Export Certification partnership), which works withDefra to establish priorities and agree veterinary certification to enable UK companies to export red meat to non-EU countries.
  • ECUG (Export Certification Users Group), which works with Defra to establish priorities and agree veterinary certification to enable UK companies to export poultrymeat to non-EU countries.

In addition:

  • Liz Murphy, the CEO, attends the Sheepmeat Civil Dialogue Group and the Advisory Group on CAP simplification. IMTA also has representation on the EU Commission Poultrymeat Civil Dialogue Group.
  • IMTA is represented on the UECBV Board and Steering Committee.
  • Representatives from IMTA attend meetings arranged between the UECBV and EU Commission where they are relevant to our members’ interests.
  • IMTA is a member of the UK food export forum.
  • IMTA also has an independent relationship with officials in the EU Commission in order to pursue certain issues from an IMTA perspective.

Professional Advice & Guidance

The IMTA Secretariat is available to answer any queries that may arise, including:

  • Providing assistance to members in their daily dealings with Defra, the FSA, the RPA, veterinarians, customs officials etc.
  • Providing information and guidance to members on technical, legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Providing statistics and market information upon request.

Meetings & Events

  • Working groups and meetings with UK officials, shipping lines, and insurers are arranged on an ad hoc basis to which all members are invited to participate.
  • The IMTA Secretariat also attends meetings and conferences on behalf of members and produces reports which are sent to all members.
  • The operation of IMTA is handled by the IMTA Board which comprises 17 members and the Chairman. The IMTA Board meets every two months and circulates the agenda and minutes to the full membership. Non-board members may attend the meeting on an observer basis.
  • IMTA organises a forum each year to tackle a topical issue and get government and members to engage in an informal discussion to look for solutions and improve industry-government relationships. In 2013 we held a ‘Meat Imports Forum’ and in 2014 we organised a forum on ‘Identifying, Mitigating and Responding to Risk’.
  • IMTA organises regular visits to ports which have included London Gateway, the Port of Rotterdam, Tilbury, Southampton and Felixstowe.

Networking & Promotion

By joining IMTA, you will be able to:

  • Create a profileon the IMTA website as part of an online members directory. This can include your company logo.
  • Be listed under IMTA in Meat Contacts Magazine.
  • Interact with other members, attend members’ events and take advantage of IMTA’s international connections to better link your business with news and developments in the international meat trade.

Online Resources

  • The IMTA website provides valuable resources including information on quotas, world meat statistics, lists of 3rd country plants approved for export, news, updates and links to useful websites.
  • IMTA has a LinkedIn group for members to network.

If you are interested in joining IMTA please email us or see below for an application form.

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Companies actively engaged in importing, exporting or wholesaling meat
may apply to become a Full Member of IMTA.

Companies providing services to the sector may join as an Associate Member.

Subscription rates for Full Members are based on annual gross meat sales
and Associate Members pay a fixed annual fee.

Prospective applications are placed before the IMTA Board for approval.

If you would like further details please contact us, otherwise please download and fill in the appropriate form:




We look forward to hearing from you.