Michael Creed today leads Ireland’s first trade mission to Mexico, with the hope of seeking out new horizons in preparation for Brexit.
Today sees the group of Irish delegates make their way to Mexico, where Minister Creed and his team will take part in numerous engagements relating to Irish food.
Mr. Creed will meet with Juan Carlos Baker Pineda, The Mexican Sub-Secretary for Trade, and also the Secretary for Agriculture in Mexico, Jose Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa.
He will also go on to host a working lunch with members of the Mexican meat board, COMECARNE, and also the Mexicans Pig producers confederation, PORCIMEX.
This ‘meet and eat’ will incur discussions on trade opportunities and future business co-operation.
Speaking ahead of today’s excursions Minister Creed called Mexico an exciting, developing market and he says there is a great need to strengthen these market ties and further develop opportunities.
He said, “Today marks the beginning of a major co-ordinated effort by my Department, Bord Bia , and our Agri-Food industry to target Mexico specifically as a potential trading partner. With a market of 127 million people, Mexico is an exciting developing market where we need to establish better ties and links. Against the backdrop of Brexit, developing opportunities in new markets is essential.”
Mr Creed said today’s meetingswill help them better understand the requirements of the Mexican markets, “Our meetings with our Mexican counterparts, as well as local experts, will help us to better understand the industry here and to make sure our offerings are appropriate and in line with the demands of the Mexican market.”
Commenting on Ireland's current trading relationship with Mexico Mr. Creed offered current data on business between the nations.
He said that currently there is no meat market access in Mexico and spoke of his intentions to target the pig meat industry as well as seek access to the markets for Irish Beef.
He said, “the CSO reported that dairy exports totalled over €52.5M in 2016, which represented over 91% of total agricultural exports to Mexico last year. We do not have market access for meat products to Mexico at present. Therefore, I intend to present a detailed pig meat questionnaire to the relevant authorities here, marking an important step along the road to achieving market access. I also intend to officially announce our intention to seek beef access to the Mexican market.”