This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.


Restrictions on sheep and goat meat exports to the United States

in United States

Trade barrier summary

This affects UK producers of sheep and goat meat that wish to export to the United States. In 1998 the United States closed its market to European sheep and goat meat due to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) concerns. In 2016 the United States drafted a proposal to remove this, bringing its regulations in line with international standards (OIE). A ruling on this has not been published, until it is, UK lamb is not permitted to enter the market.

Sectors affected

  • Agriculture, horticulture, fisheries and pets
  • Food and drink



Date reported

29 July 2019

Last updated

18 December 2020

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