Primary Business Opportunities
Export Health Certificates
Since October 2020, the UK and Chile have been working on agreeing new Export Health Certificates (EHCs) for exports of animals and products of animal origin from the UK to Chile. This has been very successful with 16 EHCs approved to date. This creates a great potential opportunity for UK companies – opening up a total import market worth approximately £1.4BN (Facts and Figures for the Chile wins approved by CREST):
1. EHC for ovine/caprine semen
2. EHC for Ovine/Caprine ova/in vivo derived embryos
3. EHC for frozen bovine semen
4. EHC for milk and dairy products
5. EHC for Pet Food and dog chews
6. EHC for Equidae (definitive import)
7. EHC for bovine embryos
8. EHC for registered horses
9. EHC for Ready-made meals
10. EHC for Pig Fat or Lard
11. EHC for Bovine Meat
12. EHC for Blood Products
13. EHC for Collagen for Human Consumption
14. EHC for Chilled and Frozen Pork
15. EHC for lab rodents
16. EHC for equine semen
Following agreement of these EHC during 2021, DEFRA submitted during 2022 the following certificates for exports from the UK to Chile for SAG approval:
17. EHC for Casings from Sus Scrofa Domestica (Pig)
18. EHC for Processed Meat Products (Pork/Beef)
19. EHC for Gelatine for Human Consumption to Chile
20. EHC for Viscera meals, meat and bone meal and pure or mixed poultry, pig and equine oils or fats.
Ovine & Bovine Genetics
Following the recent approval of an export health certificate for ovine embryos, the UK is the only European country able to export such ovine genetic material to Chile. DIT/British Embassy Santiago has been working with breeders in the southern Chilean Patagonia region together with Chilean authorities and UKTAG (UK Technology for Agriculture and Genetics) to explore new opportunities for British genetics with a focus on sheep production. The UK is also keen to expand its exports to Chile to include equine and bovine genetics, apples, pork and dairy products (British cheeses, clotted cream and organic yoghurt), among others.
Milk & Dairy
Following the approval of EHC for milk and dairy products in 2021, DIT/British Embassy Santiago has provided support to DEFRA and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to register and list on SAG’s website 6 UK establishments that wish to export dairy products to Chile.
Following the approval of EHC for pork, 27 UK establishments have been authorised by the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) to export pork to Chile. The doors to the Chilean market are open to UK pork for the first time. (Source: DEFRA/SAG, March 2022).
DIT/British Embassy Santiago is supporting DEFRA for registration of UK establishments that wish to export pet foods to Chile. Noteworthy is the reduction to 2 months of the approval time for UK pet food manufacturers for exports to Chile. In addition, manufacturing approval of veterinary/pharmacologic products that require a sanitary registry has been reduced to 5 months if products are already registered in EU (EMA) and USA (FDA).
Agribusiness Working Group
The UK-Chile Agribusiness Working Group was established at the Trade Dialogue 2020 with a view to support and promote trade and investment in agribusiness. DIT/British Embassy Santiago organised the first meeting, which took place on 8th September 2021, where novel foods, UK apple exports, Export Health Certificates, the approval of veterinary products and pet food imports, and phytosanitary certificates and their digitisation were discussed.