Namibian meat exporters explore other markets as no-deal Brexit looms

A total of 27 countries within the European Union (EU) have committed to buying Namibia's meat products, with new markets such as China and the United States of America (USA) also opening up should the worst case scenario of Britain’s exit from the EU play out.

This was highlighted during a meeting of the livestock marketing committee of the Meat Board of Namibia late last week following British Prime Minister Theresa May’s last-ditch appeal to Brussels for further concessions.

Amid rising fears among exporters, chief of corporate affairs at Meatco, Rosa Thobias, assured producers that the Meatco export company was “fully prepared” for a no-deal Brexit. “This means exploring more avenues that are better and willing to pay the maximum return. We are willing to move the product into these new markets should the need arise," she said.

If a no-deal Brexit materialises, Thobias said the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) and the UK government had almost completed negotiations on a new deal which maintained the export rights as per the current EU/ Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

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