Why the NFU's export strategy is so important


Nick von Westenholz

Nick von Westenholz

NFU Director of Trade and Business Strategy


20 April 2022

Farm business International trade
NFU Director of Trade and Business Strategy Nick von Westenholz

NFU Director of Trade and Business Strategy Nick von Westenholz explains why the NFU's export strategy is crucial to the industry.

The NFU's export strategy sets out the building blocks necessary to grow the UK’s agri-food exports over the next decade.

Since leaving the EU, the UK has been able to forge its own, independent trade policy, characterised in particular by negotiating new trade deals with countries like Australia and New Zealand.

In truth, these specific relationships hold only modest potential to grow UK exports, and may create serious competitive challenges in our own domestic marketplace.

Seize the opportunity

So it’s time for the government to really seize the opportunity of our independent trade policy for the benefit of British farming, and turn its attention to more promising overseas markets.

If we get this right it will not only increase the markets UK farmers can sell into abroad, but it will also create greater diversity in demand to improve returns in our home market, improve our competitiveness and drive innovation and productivity for UK farm businesses.

"In truth, these specific relationships hold only modest potential to grow UK exports, and may create serious competitive challenges in our own domestic marketplace."
Nick von Westenholz, NFU Director of Trade and Business Strategy

exports

Ask us a question about this page

Once you have submitted your query our NFU CallFirst will contact you and, if appropriate, your question will be passed on to one of our policy teams.

By completing the form with your details on this page, you are agreeing to have this information sent to the NFU for the purposes of contacting you regarding your enquiry. Please take time to read the NFU’s Privacy Policy if you require further information.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.