The International Meat Trade Association

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IMTA & Brexit

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


·         IMTA has compiled a Brexit Timeline to keep members informed of key dates of conferences, meetings, and debates on legislation up to December 2020. 

·         How can IMTA help you prepare for Brexit?

IMTA Select Committee Evidence:

  • IMTA evidence submitted to the EFRA select committee on Brexit and Food Trade: See here
  • IMTA evidence submitted to the International Select Committee on future trade relationship with Australia and New Zealand: See here


IMTA Brexit comment pieces for Meat Management:

·         The issue with AEO

·         Veterinary checks

 UK Government Position Papers

·       Government White Paper - 12th July 2018


·         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

UK Government White Papers

·         Trade policy whitepaper

·         Customs Bill whitepaper

UK Government Legislation

·         Withdrawal Bill

·         Trade Bill

·         Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill

·         Agriculture Bill – IMTA submitted a response to the Defra Consultation

UK Government Technical Notices

On 23 August the Government published a series of technical notices to help businesses prepare for a no deal Brexit. 

All the papers the government has published can be found here. Below are the papers potentially of particular relevance to our sector.  


Importing and Exporting:

Trade remedies 

Trading with the EU

Tariff classification and tariff calculation in no-deal


Money and Tax:

VAT for business



Developing GMOs  

Producing and processing organic good



Farm Payment
Rural development funding

HMRC Partnership Pack: 

Third Edition


European Commission

·         European Commission Negotiating Papers can be accessed here.

·         The Commission has also issued a series of Notices to stakeholders to help companies to prepare for Brexit which can be found here.


·         Brexit factsheet: 7 Things EU27 Businesses need to know.


·         European Commission Communicaiton on preparing for Brexit. Annex to this communication.

· The Commission published a press release on its contingency planning for no deal.   

Key notices can be found here:

·         Notice to stakeholders on the withdrawal of the UK and EU Food Law

·         Notice to stakeholders on the withdrawal of the UK and EU Rules in the field of customs and indirect taxation



Preparing for Brexit 

·     The Home Office has published a guide for employers to assist those who are part of the EU Settlement Scheme. Should members have any questions about this, do not hesitate to contact us.