Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (236)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

236. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to set out the number of live cattle exports per head to each country in 2016 and 2017; the WTO tariff that would apply for live cattle exports to the UK in the absence of a trade agreement being formalised between the UK and EU if Britain decides to leave the Single Market and customs union. [5153/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Live cattle exports per head to each country in 2016 & 2017 were as follows:

-

2017

 -

-

2016

Spain

50705

 -

Spain

37006

Netherlands

41630

 -

Netherlands

27036

Turkey

30568

 -

North Ireland

24739

Northern Ireland

26073

 -

Turkey

19262

Italy

19401

 -

Italy

18237

Britain

5789

 -

Britain

6666

Belgium

5525

 -

France

5933

France

2778

 -

Libya

2162

Libya

1832

 -

Greece

1449

Romania

986

 -

Romania

605

Greece

1093

 -

Slovakia

531

Germany

469

 -

Belgium

433

Russia

451

 -

Hungary

361

Slovakia

298

 -

Portugal

200

Hungary

80

 -

Morocco

180

Bulgaria

57

 -

Montenegro

154

Rwanda

54

 -

Kosovo

66

Albania

52

 -

Germany

65

Kosovo

35

 -

Czech Republic

41

Czech Republic

9

 -

Rwanda

39

Austria

4

 -

Bulgaria

35

Total

187889

 -

 -

145200

The WTO does not set tariffs; it obliges members to offer the same trade advantages to all WTO members (Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status) unless the members are a party to a Regional Trade Agreement.

If the UK leaves the EU without a trade agreement, it may choose to set tariffs on imported live animals. The tariff rate, if any, is a matter for the UK.

My Department's approach in relation to the future trade relationship between the EU and UK will be to ensure that this is as close to the current arrangements as possible, thereby minimising the potential impact on the Irish live export sector.