UK-Japan trade deal offers boost to Welsh businesses

Welsh lamb, Conwy mussels and Anglesey sea salt are among 15 iconic Welsh products that could be protected in Japan for first time as part of the UK-Japan trade deal.

The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was agreed in principle by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Japan Foreign Minister on a video call on Friday 11 September.  It is the UK’s first major trade deal outside the EU.

Products that could benefit from the new arrangements are: Welsh lamb, Anglesey sea salt, Carmarthen ham, Conwy mussels, Pembrokeshire early potatoes, Traditional Welsh Caerphilly, Traditional Welsh cider, Traditional Welsh perry, Vale of Clwyd Denbigh plum, Welsh laverbread, Welsh beef, Welsh regional wine, Welsh wine, West Wales coracle caught salmon, West Wales coracle caught sewin.

Rhug Estates is one Welsh farm keen to export its Welsh lamb to Japan. One of the biggest organic farms in Wales, its commitment to farming methods which embrace the highest animal welfare standards has led to exporting success around the world, in countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong and the UAE.

The Welsh Lamb brand is globally recognised for its premium quality, and Rhug Estates is the only UK farm to have been granted a royal warrant.

Rhug Estates Owner, Lord Newborough, said: “Our organic Welsh meat is used in Michelin-starred restaurants, and renowned for its quality around the world. Japan is a market of interest to us, having the second highest number of Michelin stars and strong market demand for Welsh lamb and chicken. We would welcome a UK-Japan trade agreement which will make it easier for us to trade there.”