Irish sheepmeat enters the Japanese market
Ireland has effectively opened the Japanese sheep meat market in just one month after the agreement was signed. "The Japanese authorities have now formally agreed on the export verification program and export certificate as proposed by my department, to take effect from this Friday, July 19. We now have access for both beef and sheepmeat exports to Japan, a strong endorsement of Ireland food safety and quality credentials, and of our excellent working relationships, both at Government and official level,", emphasized the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, according to Agriland magazine.
The Japanese market for sheepmeat is dominated by Australia, with a 60% import market share, followed by New Zealand but the consumption per capita is still low, around 300 grams, with a projection of growth to 400 grams in 2022.
Nevertheless, Australia's exports in this market are worth almost $100 million/year, according to MLA figures and Ireland could cut a part of that market share thanks to the EU-Japan economic partnership agreement signed this year.
"With a strong EU-Japan economic partnership agreement in place – not to mention the upcoming Rugby World Cup – there will be significant opportunities to promote Irish food and drink in the Japanese market", added minister Creed.
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