The International Meat Trade Association – Events blog

DWF hosted an event looking at Brexit and Trade. On the panel were Stuart Harbinson, Hume Brophy, Vassilis Akritidis, DWF and Katie Doherty, IMTA.

Photo Credit: Hume Brophy

On 15th February a study was published by Harvard Kennedy School and IMTA was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the launch event. IMTA were interviewed as part of the study which can be downloaded here: Time for Clarity: The Views of British Business on The Path to Brexit  . Further details about the event: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/policy-institute/news/newsrecords/2018/Strand-Group-26-Ed-Balls-and-Peter-Sands-Time-for-Clarity-The-Views-of-British-Business-on-The-Path-to-Brexit.aspx

Photo Credit: The Strand Group

Wayne Godfrey (Browns Food Group), Neil Stokes (Thermotraffic), Lord Callanan (Minister for The Department for Exiting the EU), Paul Dolan (Towers Thompson), Margaret Boanas (IMTA Chairman), Tony Mullarkey (James Burden), Katie Doherty (IMTA Policy Director).

The meeting focussed on key Brexit issues for the meat trade including tariffs and veterinary checks.

Liz Murphy and Katrina Walsh of the IMTA Secretariat attended an very engaging meeting with Angus MacNeil MP, Chair of the International Trade Committee. In attendance were representatives of the British Veterinary Association, the British Meat Processers Association and City of London. The meeting was focussed on the topic of veterinary checks and Brexit. IMTA believes that striking a deal with the EU which avoids the introduction of veterinary checks on British exports and imports, to and from the EU, is crucial to the sector. For more information on this topic see the IMTA Veterinary Checks Factsheet here.

Photo credit: British Veterinary Association

Katie Doherty, IMTA Policy Director, was asked to speak on the topic of Brexit and what a WTO scenario would mean for the meat industry at the recent New Food Brexit Conference in London. Katie then appeared on a panel with Peter Hardwick, Head of Exports at AHDB and Lord Robin Teverson, Chairman, House of Lords Select Committee, EU Food & Agriculture.

Food Brexit Conference

IMTA Chairman and UECBV Vice President and Chairman for International Trade Margaret Boanas spoke on a panel on the topic of Brexit at the recent UECBV AGM in Bucharest. Also on the panel were representatives of the Romanian Government, AHDB, the French embassy in London and the world of academia. Katie Doherty and Katrina Walsh of the IMTA secretariat also attended the AGM which covered topics such as animal welfare and the perception of meat.

AGM Panel

Katie Doherty, IMTA Policy Director gave a presentation and participated in a panel at the Customs Compliance conference highlighting the issues of tariffs, veterinary checks as well as customs for the meat sector.Katie, Alex Veitch of The Freight Transport Association and Andrew Grainger of University of Nottingham discussed customs and Brexit.

Photo Credit: C5 Communications

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