Officers from the British Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Council at the British Meat Trade Mission event May 17-19, 2022. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
THE British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (BCCP), in partnership with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), successfully organized the three-day British Meat Trade Mission event from 17 to May 19, 2022 at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.
The mission served as a crucial platform for Britain’s nine major meat exporters to explore further opportunities to increase exports and strengthen their long-term relationships with their Philippine counterparts.
The event was well attended by major government agencies, meat importers and restaurant owners.
Various activities were prepared, including a market briefing presented by the Animal Industry Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture, a keynote address by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, a panel discussion with meat industry executives, B2B meetings, cooking demonstration and market tour. .
The roundtable with key industry leaders, which includes the Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc (PAMPI), Atkins Import and Export and Meat World International, was moderated by Chris Nelson, Executive Director and Trustee of BCCP.
Additionally, the proposal to extend low-tariff imports has been highlighted and supported by the UK House, in particular Executive Order 134, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on May 15 last year until May 17, 2022.
Committed to its advocacy to help promote and strengthen business relations between the UK and PH, the British Chamber will host additional events bringing more UK businesses to the Philippines.
According to UK AHDB reports, UK pork exports to the Philippines in 2020 reached 7,900 tonnes and in 2021 it was recorded at 25,200 tonnes, a significant increase of 200%, proving strong demand for meat British pork. Meanwhile, for UK beef, in 2020 exports were recorded at 4,200 tonnes and in 2021 they were at 5,400 tonnes, up 29%.