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United Kingdom

United Kingdom

With the United Kingdom’s recent departure from the EU in early 2020 as a result of “Brexit,” it presents a blank slate for U.S. animal food manufacturers. The U.S. International Trade Commission reported only a little over 1% of U.S. feed, feed ingredients and pet food exports went to the U.K. in 2019, totaling over $146 million. The potential for increased trade and market access is optimistic, which is why the AFIA supports a negotiated trade agreement that addresses non-science-based restrictions, including on the use of biotechnology, and technical barriers to trade such as regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures that can create unnecessary obstacles to trade. For more information on what “Brexit” could mean for U.S. agricultural trade as a whole with the UK, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.

U.S. Exports to United Kingdom-by Category (in 1,000 dollars)

Category 2016 2017 2018 2019
Alfalfa/Hay 1,303 1,477 1,500 1,187
Animal or vegetable fats and Oils 40,456 39,576 41,307 45,736
Corn Co-Products 34,487 40,868 88,840 43,490
Dairy Feed 176 186 293 253
Flours, meals and pellets of fish 33 673 790 4,270
Flours, meals and pellets of meat 32 - - -
Livestock Feeds 760 378 393 413
Milk Replacers 89 3 - -
Other Feed Products 15,086 26,054 33,406 29,995
Pet Food 9,888 10,034 8,595 9,014
Poultry Feeds 28,758 2,535 82 68
SBM 6,871 1,660 8,322 11,895
Grand Total 137,939 123,444 183,528 146,322

Source: Dataweb-USITC