Additional volumes of New Zealand beef products can be exported to the United Kingdom at zero duty under the terms of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiated by both New Zealand and United Kingdom Parliaments. This access entered into force on 31 May 2023.

The access commences at 12,000 tonnes (net weight) in Year 1, increasing by 2,980 tonnes (net weight) annually until Year 10. From Year 11 onwards, the quantity of products is unlimited (with safeguards applying until Year 15).

Imports within the Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) are referred to as “in-quota” and are administered by the New Zealand Meat Board. 

Product imported outside the quota is subject to variable out-of-quota tariff rates. This is administered by the UK and collected at point of entry.

The Quota Year runs from 1 January to 31 December. Prior to the year’s start, the Board makes quota allocations to Qualifying Companies and New Entrants can apply for an allocation on a first come first served basis. This is done in accordance with the Quota Allowance Allocation System, which can be found on page 13 of the UK FTA Beef Tariff Rate Quota Manual.

UK FTA Beef Tariff Rate Quota Manual

How it Works

Here you will find details on the UK FTA Beef quota, including the specific UK Customs Tariff categories eligible under the UK FTA, and can download official forms. Once completed forms can be emailed to the Board.


Please note: The information provided on these pages is a summary of the provisions of the UK FTA Beef Tariff Rate Quota Manual, itself. In the event of any inconsistency between the Quota Manual and information on these pages, the Quota Manual prevails.