Covid-19: Import of Essential Medical Products

Part of International Trade – in the House of Commons on 18th June 2020.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

At the last International Trade questions in May, my hon. Friend Grahame Morris asked about reducing global tariffs on soap, which average at 17% among World Trade Organisation members and range as high as 65% in some countries. The Minister of State said that it was a very good question and that the Government were working tirelessly to reduce or remove those sorts of barriers. I am sure that that has been the case, so will he tell us what progress he has made on the specific issue of soap tariffs over the past month?