In non-EU markets, including in Central and South America, exports to some countries have doubled since H1 2020. The fastest-growing export markets were Colombia (+142.6 per cent), Mexico (+111.2 per cent), Chile (+105.4 per cent) and Brazil (+87.2 per cent).
Overall export sales of UK food and drink are down £2bn compared to pre-Covid levels, caused by a reduction in sales to the EU. Barriers to trade resulting from the new trading arrangements with the EU have led to a fall in exports to the EU of more than a quarter since H1 2019.
Exports to most EU member states fell significantly. This includes a loss of more than £500m in export sales to Ireland.