Meat industry faces export cost increases of 40%, MII tells Oireachtas Committee
The Brexit challenges compound the difficulties the sector is facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has decimated demand for Irish meat products from the food service and restaurant sector on which it is so reliant. In the beef sector, this affects steak sales in particular as restaurant, catering, and food service channels account for some 60% of our steak sales. Burger sales are also impacted as fast-food outlets throughout Europe are operating at significantly reduced levels due to national lockdowns in many of our key markets. With summer BBQ season many months away opportunities to promote greater sales volumes through the retail channel are limited.
在大流行,增加销售through retail have helped but not enough to offset the decrease in foodservice. The UK uplift in retail sales experienced in early January (coinciding with the announcement of new lockdowns) has returned to normal sales levels. UK customers are starting to work through the backlog of pre-Brexit stockpiles thereby reducing their immediate demand for fresh product.
肉类工业爱尔兰Director Cormac Healy said: “All agencies and those in the food supply chain have done excellent work to maintain the flow of trade since Brexit kicked in on 1st January, but just because tariff and quota free trade has continued doesn’t mean the changes imposed by Brexit aren’t wide ranging and costly. And we have serious concerns about the potential for disruption when new export certification arrangements come into effect in the UK from 1st April.
肉类工业爱尔兰(MII) is the Ibec sector association representing the meat processing industry in Ireland. The sector generates export revenues of over €4bn, employs over 16,000 staff and supports the livelihoods of 100,000 farmer suppliers.