New Zealand origin beef products can be exported to the UK at the following quantities, subject to the specified tariffs. 

Product type    Beef (CN Codes 0201.10.00, 0201.20.20, 0201.20.30, 0201.20.50, 0201.20.90, 0201.30.00, 0202.10.00, 0202.20.10, 0202.20.30, 0202.20.50, 0202.20.90, 0202.30.10, 0202.30.50, 0202.30.90, 0206.10.95, 0206.29.91, 0210.20.10, 0210.20.90, 0210.99.51, 1602.50.10, 1602.50.31, 1602.50.95, 1602.90.61, and 1602.90.69)
Annual quota amount (MT product weight)

Year 1                        12,000

Year 2                        14,980

Year 3                        17,960

Year 4                        20,940

Year 5                        23,920

Year 6                        26,900

Year 7                        29,880

Year 8                        32,860

Year 9                        35,840

Year 10                      38,820

Year 11                      unlimited*

Quota Year 1 January – 31 December**
In-quota tariff rate Zero duty
Out-of-quota tariff rate*** variable - from 12.00%+ 118.00 GBP/100kg to 14.00% + 253.00 GBP/100 kgs 

* safeguards apply up to Year 15

** Completion of domestic implementation processes by NZ and UK Parliaments is likely to result in entry into force during 2023, meaning Year 1 access will be calculated on proportion of days remaining in the year. East subsequent year will be a 12 month period which starts on 1 January of that year.

*** Rates are quoted in GBP per 100kg/net. The range of rates reflects different rates for different products


Some quick definitions:

“Qualifying Product” means bovine meat from bovines slaughtered in premises eligible to export to the UK, measured as dressed carcass hot weight. 

“At Time of Slaughter” is a figurative term, referring to when the semi-dressed carcase crosses the scales and ownership changes from the farmer to the buyer/quota holder/qualifying company.

“Production Seasons” are one year commencing the nearest Sunday to 1 October, and ending the nearest Saturday to 30 September in the following calendar year.

“New Entrant Period” means in relation to a New Entrant, the Quota Year for which a New Entrant is first allocated Reserved Quota Allowance and the two following Quota Years.

“Related Company” has the same definition as defined in Companies Act 1993. 

Who is quota allocated to?

There are two categories of recipients: Qualifying Companies and New Entrants.

Qualifying Companies hold export registration and have been the Owners of Qualifying Product at Time of Slaughter, over any of the three preceding Production Seasons and/or hold Export History, meaning the sum of shipped weight(s) of UK FTA TRQ eligible 0201, 0202, 0206, 0210 and 1602 products exported to UK by NZ exporters from 1 January 2021.

New Entrants are companies that fit the following criteria:

  • Hold an export registration prior to the first application for a share of first come first served New Entrants' Allowance.
  • Have not been allocated General or New Entrants' Allowance during the three years prior to the applicable New Entry Period. 
  • Are a “New Entrant” as defined in Section 2 of the Quota Manual.

How is quota allocated?

Ninety-six point five per cent of the quota is allocated as General Quota Allowance to Qualifying Companies. It is allocated to companies according to their share of the sum of all companies’ Production Histories and Export Histories for the preceding three Production Seasons.

The remaining 3.5% is available to allocate on a first come first served basis as Reserved Quota Allowance to New Entrants, who can apply for a period of three years after which they become a Qualifying Company.

Allocations of Reserved Quota Allowance are conditional upon New Entrants meeting certain criteria and are made on a first come first served basis. Information for New Entrants including a summary of new quota access categories is available here.

Acquiring and selling quota

General or New Entrant's Reserved Quota Allowance holders can transfer all or part of their quota allowance for the relevant Quota Year to a holder of an export registration.

Complete and sign the Transfer form and submit to the Board. The transfer takes effect upon Board confirmation

Download the Transfer of UK FTA Beef Quota Allowance form below.

Acquiring and selling Production and/or Export History

A holder of Production and/or Export History may transfer all or part of its Production and/or Export History for a given Production Season or Export Year to a Qualifying Company.

Complete and sign the Transfer form and submit to the Board. The transfer takes effect upon Board confirmation and will be valid for any future Quota Years, in terms of the General Quota Allowance Allocation formula.

Download Transfer of UK FTA Beef Production History and/or Export History form 

Quota allowance application closing dates

General Quota Allowance applications close 15 October
New Entrant's Quota Allowance applications first come first served basis during each quota year

UK FTA Beef Export Certificate

A UK FTA Beef export certificate is required for product to be imported within the terms of the Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ).

The exporter must submit completed tariff rate quota certificate(s) – showing the details of the consignment – to the Board for authentication and deduction of Quota from their allowance. The exporter is responsible for forwarding the certificate on to the importer.