Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers executive manager, Martin Morgan

Agreeing new international trade deals that benefit the Agri/food industry in Scotland in 2022 would be a real boost for Scotland’s red meat industry especially after a year in which exporting our high-quality products has been a massive challenge for member companies.

The announcement of new free trade agreements with New Zealand and Australia may make good headlines for Ministers in Westminster but it’s hard to see how either are likely to benefit meat businesses here in Scotland.

Similarly, the freeing up of barriers into the US for beef and lamb is a welcome step forward and we now need to see the USDA inspectors find the time to visit Scotland to formally approve plants for export purposes.

Securing trade deals elsewhere across the world is also important, but export volumes tend to be small in such cases when delivery logistics are more demanding.

Rebuilding workable trading routes to and from Europe must be a priority for the UK Government in 2022 if our industry is to have a future as part of global Britain.

We have quality products that customers want around the world, and we need export rules and regulations which support progressive businesses rather than stifle them.