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Free Trade Agreements: Effect on Blyth Valley

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

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Photo of Ian Levy Ian Levy Conservative, Blyth Valley

What assessment she has made of the potential effect of future free trade agreements on the economy in Blyth Valley.

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

In 2018, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear exported goods worth £496 million to the US, £130 million to Japan, £24 million to New Zealand and £216 million to Australia. Against a backdrop of rising trade barriers, our FTAs will secure and protect existing trade, and, according to our analysis, FTAs with the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand will go further and bring additional export opportunities to every part of the country, including Blyth Valley.

Photo of Ian Levy Ian Levy Conservative, Blyth Valley

In Blyth Valley we have many successful companies that trade globally. As we move closer to the deadline of 31 December 2020, will my hon. Friend please advise the House as to what steps the Department has taken to help companies such as Dräger Safety and Tharsus in Blyth, and Miller engineering and Renolit in Cramlington—to name just a few—so that they can take advantage of free trade agreements?

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

My team is developing a new export strategy, which will align DIT support for exporting businesses, such as the ones my hon. Friend mentions, with our FTA and market access work. In February, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State visited Tharsus and Port of Blyth, and they emphasised to her how important data and digital chapters were for them. Blyth Valley companies will be supported by ambitious FTAs, an enhanced network of international trade advisers in the northern powerhouse, and teams in 108 countries around the world.