Chris Nelson (left), BCCP executive director and trustee, and Antonio Lagdameo, Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (with concurrent jurisdiction on Ireland). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

ON May 30, 2022, Chris Nelson, executive director and trustee of the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines, met with the Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio Lagdameo.

In the meeting, the recent extension of lower tariffs on pork imports and the British Meat Trade Mission outcomes were among the topics discussed.

President Duterte extended the lower tariffs on pork imports by signing the Executive Order (EO) 171 last May 21. The move to extend lower tariffs was a significant result and major development of the Chamber’s efforts particularly, the Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (Pamp) to support the government’s action to prevent pork prices from spiking further inflation rate.

The current lower tariffs on pork imports open up additional opportunities for British exporters as demand for meat continues to increase.

Through the recently concluded Meat Trade Mission, the chamber, in partnership with the UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture and Development Board (AHDB) successfully promoted British quality meat and helped UK exporters identify opportunities to increase their meat exports to the Philippines.

The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) reports the UK ranked 6th among the sources of pork importation in the Philippines in 2021 and ranked 13th for beef.

Moving forward, committed to our advocacy to help promote and support the UK and Philippine trade relations, the Chamber will host additional trade and investment promotional activities.

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