The ban was implemented by Kuwait over concerns surrounding scrapie. Scrapie is a degenerative disease that affects the nervous systems of sheep and goats.
“British lamb has a fantastic reputation around the world for its taste and quality and I’m delighted this export success will now be available for diners in Kuwait,” George Eustice, the UK’s Food Minister announced during a trade mission to the Gulf.
“The move to re-open the market for UK-produced lamb is another example of how we are working hard to tap into international markets and build stronger relationships with trading partners around the world.”
As part of the five-year deal, three major UK suppliers are already prepping shipments for export. Last year, total lamb exports from the UK reached a total of £330m, up from £300m in 2015.
Jean-Pierre Garnier, head of export trade development at the UK’s Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), said: “For some time, we have found a high level of appetite from Kuwaiti importers and distributors for British lamb and are delighted to be able to supply this market at last.
“We are committed to expanding sales of meat and dairy products in the Gulf region and support the government’s export work. Our presence at the important Gulfood exhibition, with meat and dairy stands, testifies our willingness to grow sales and open new markets.”