British pig producers appear to be on the brink of breaking into the Chinese market, predominantly with exports from fifth quarter plants.

It is understood that some of the UK’s meat establishments have been approved for export to China, and that the British industry is now only waiting for the final export health certificate from Beijing before trade can begin.

This follows nearly a decade of intensive efforts by the British Pig Executive (BPEX), particularly its chairman Stewart Houston and its international manager Peter Hardwick, who have visited China several times to establish personal relations with producers and industry leaders there.

It is now hoped that the first exports to China will leave the UK before the end of the year.