Date lodged: 1 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how it and its agencies will encourage growth in exports from Scotland of sheep meat to the Middle East, in light of Saudi Arabian authorities' decision to lift a ban on such imports from the UK.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 12 March 2018
Following delivery of a large volume of data from UK Government, the Saudi Arabian authorities have indeed lifted the ban on UK lamb imports and an Export Health Certificate has been agreed to enable trade. The conditions required have been deemed as equivalent with those already carried out in the UK so there is no specific approval needed (above existing EU approval) for factories producing lamb for export to Saudi Arabia. Halal accreditation requirements are being explored.
A list of the UK sites with interest in exports have been sent to the Saudi authorities and we will continue to explore further potential market opportunities in the region.