The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed access to the Japanese market for Irish sheep meat.
Minister Michael Creed said the deal was ‘agreed in principle’ during a Trade Mission to Tokyo last month and that an export certificate as proposed by my Department will take effect from next Friday 19 July.
According to CSO trade statistics, total agri-food exports to Japan in 2018 amounted to €115 million, double the level of exports in 2016.
Minister Creed said that the trade deal was a ‘strong endorsement of Irish food safety and quality credentials’ and thanked Japanese officials for the rapid conclusion of the formalities of sheep meat access.
Details will be confirmed to industry shortly via a Trader Notice.