Representing members engaged in the international meat trade

IMTA is a UK trade association, representing predominantly UK companies importing and exporting meat. Our goal is the facilitation of the trade in meat ensuring UK consumer choice, food security and carcass balance through import and export. IMTA provides leading trade expertise on UK trade policy including on customs, tariffs, quotas, rules of origin, WTO, trade agreements, SPS conditions and market access.

Our history reaches back to 1895 when the first imports of frozen meat came from Australia, New Zealand and South America.

Nowadays trade is in both chilled and frozen products from both the EU and further afield. IMTA is a UK Trade Association but, our members have expertise in international trade, importing and exporting to several continents around the world.  However the EU market is also an integral aspect of many of our members' businesses both on import and export.

We represent importers and exporters of beef, lamb, pork and poultrymeat. Associate members bring expertise from across the supply chain from shipping and insurance to cold storage and logistics.

IMTA is a member of UECBV (The European Meat & Livestock Trades Union) as well as an associate member of the Global Meat Alliance.  

We keep our members informed of legislative, policy and trade developments affecting their business via our daily news bulletin and resources on the website, including meeting reports and market intelligence reports.  Members are encouraged to contact us with any queries or troubleshooting and we will do our upmost to help.