The International Meat Trade Association

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Ahead of the referendum IMTA held a series of meetings of its EU referendum working group. IMTA did not take a view on what the favoured outcome would be. The group produced an information paper to provide members with facts about potential implications for the sector.


The association now has a key role to play in ensuring that our members (importers, exporters and wholesalers of beef, lamb, pork and poultrymeat) get the best outcomes possible out of the deal to be negotiated between the UK and the EU and similarly the UK with other partners across the globe. IMTA has expertise in international trade and therefore is well placed to assist companies navigate Brexit and lobby on their behalf. IMTA has been meeting with government officials and ministers to represent the views of its members. 


IMTA issues frequent updates on Brexit to members to provide a concise summary of key news as it evolves. 


IMTA has convened a series of working groups on import, export and technical issues relating to Brexit and has issued two papers - one an Overview of the UK meat trade and the other a Policy Paper (please get in touch for details). 


IMTA has provided responses to UK government white papers and consultations on Brexit as well as providing evidence to various select committees. 


IMTA evidence submitted to the EFRA select committee on Brexit and Food Trade: See here


IMTA is a member of The European Meat & Livestock Trading Union (UECBV) which has issued a paper on what a hard Brexit scenario would look like for the meat sector. See here.


IMTA comment pieces for Meat Management on Brexit:


The issue with AEO


Veterinary checks



Below are some of the UK government and EU Commission position papers relating to the negotiations:


UK Government Position Papers:

Future Customs Arrangements Paper


Northern Ireland and Ireland Position Paper


Goods on the market paper


Confidentiality and access to documents position paper


Providing a crossborder civil judicial cooperation framework position paper


Enforcement and dispute settlement position paper




Trade policy whitepaper


Customs Bill whitepaper



 European Commission Negotiating Papers can be accessed here.