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Mapping Market Access Barriers for Food and Drink Exports - DO0126

Description
International trade in the agricultural, food and drink sector is a key contributor towards economic growth and job creation in the UK. Therefore, in its business plan one of DEFRA's priorities is to work with Government and industry to facilitate/take full advantage of the opportunities for growth offered by exports. In this context, DEFRA and its partners (FCO, UKTI, industry, trade bodies) 1 are proposing to tackle market access barriers, a key inhibitor to UK export growth. The project proposes to build the evidence base to address DEFRA's key issues, namely: identify key market access barriers for UK food and drink exports; establish where the most significant barriers are; map these against the ease with which and the time line in which the barriers can be addressed; estimate the overall opportunity presented; identify how to best align and take advantage of export support services; identify where effort from Government and industry should be focused to achieve the greatest potential gain from reducing them.

The project comprises of 3 reporting stages that encompass the 8 objectives and milestones: a detailed programme of literature and data review aimed at synthesising the body of knowledge on market access barriers in general, for the agri-food and drink sector in particular as well as support services available; (interim report 1) a detailed yet structured interview programme with businesses, trade bodies, policy makers to bridge the gap of knowledge from the literature review and explore the interviewees experience of the incidence of market access barriers, support structures and the success of diplomacy and trade negotiations with specific countries; (interim report 2) a quantification of potential opportunity by modelling scenarios and providing high level benefit estimates.

The findings from the above will be collated to produce an evidence-based report setting out the analysis and making recommendations on where resources and policy should be focused to unlock "blockers" in negotiations with other countries. (draft and final report)In terms of contribution to policy, this project will directly contribute to the commitments made in DEFRA’s Export Action Plan and help deliver DEFRA’s Business Plan commitment on the potential for growth through overseas trade. More specifically, this study will enable the prioritisation of policy interventions at critical leverage points, for example where the ratio of potential market opportunity to the cost of overcoming barriers to access that opportunity, is higher. Targeting of policy interventions at these points can be expected to result in greater positive impact for UK agri-food and drink businesses.

The output of this project will be a useful tool both to inform the prioritisation of ministerial and senior official interventions in trade barrier lobbying and negotiations as well as to offer clear and comprehensive information to industry/trade associations in order to fulfil their role in working towards the lifting of market access barriers for UK agri-food and drink businesses.
Objective
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) commissioned Grant Thornton to identify key market access barriers for UK food and drink exports and to investigate the following issues:

• Establish where the most significant barriers are;
• Map these against the ease with which and the time line in which the barriers can be addressed;
• Estimate the overall opportunity presented;
• Identify how to best align and take advantage of export support services; and
• Identify where effort from Government and industry should be focused to achieve the greatest potential gain from reducing them.
In collaboration with Defra, the project scope has been further refined as follows:
• The engagement had a medium-term horizon, meaning that it would shortlist and evaluate opportunities by accounting for a 3-5 year timeframe in removing trade barriers and unlocking growth;
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Final report - Market access DO0126   (3127k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2012

Cost: £178,750
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Keywords
Agriculture and Food Chain              
Food and Drink