The NFU supports the government’s ambition to negotiate a new and more ambitious trade deal for the future.
We agree that removing and lowering remaining tariffs for UK exports of food & drink, making it easier for UK companies to do business with South Korea, and deepening our bilateral relationships in important shared policy areas, should all be key priorities and objectives of UK negotiators.
Rules of origin
The NFU believes that only goods which genuinely originate in either country (or groups of countries) party to an FTA should qualify for preferential treatment.
In this context, we support an outcome on RoO (Rules of Origin) which encourages the use of domestically produced raw materials and does not incentivise the use of imports any more than today.
The NFU believes that the mutual lowering and removal of tariffs for UK exports of food & drink, making it easier for UK companies to do business with Korean customers, as well as deepening our bilateral relationships in important shared policy areas, should all be key priorities and objectives of UK negotiators.
Environment and green growth
The NFU is clear that agri-food goods which are do not meet the legal minimum of UK production standards should not then be imported into the UK.
The NFU has set the ambition for UK agriculture to reach net zero by 2040 and believes the government should be using policy levers, including trade policy, to incentivise higher standards of production and climate-friendly farming models.
The NFU believes that to enable and support a thriving British agriculture sector it is crucial that the UK’s future trade policy respects our high domestic production standards.
To do otherwise would contradict the government’s own stated commitment and would risk compromising our high animal welfare and environmental standards and would undermine British farmers.
To ensure UK businesses can make the most of the opportunity the South Korean market presents, negotiators should seek to reduce barriers and streamline market access procedures.
NFU members can read the response in full: NFU members | Call for input – Trade with South Korea.