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Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Bananas: Import Duties ( 8 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: The UK-Andean Countries Trade Agreement is due to commence in summer 2024. The agreement does not commit the UK to any further liberalisation of the market.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Arms Trade: Israel ( 8 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: Decisions on export licensing are based on the UK's Strategic Export Licensing Criteria. The Governments export licences are kept under careful and continual review, and can amend, suspend or revoke extant licences, or refuse new licence applications, where they are inconsistent with these criteria. The Government respects the role and independence of the International Court of Justice....

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Exports: South Korea ( 8 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: The November 2023 State Visit from the Republic of Korea’s President Yoon is demonstrative of the growing strength of our trade relationship, with £2.5 billion of business wins announced, including contracts for British companies to support RoK’s renewable sector worth over £90 million. The Visit also saw the launch of negotiations for an upgraded, modern free trade agreement to...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Exports: Japan ( 8 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: In September 2023, the Secretary of State held the first UK-Japan Economic, Business and Trade Dialogue. As a result, UK Export Finance signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nippon Export and Investment Insurance, which will support UK exporters including SMEs. In October 2023, the Joint Committee of the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) noted that, in 2022, the...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Exports: Sweden ( 8 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: The Government is committed to driving forward export growth and helping UK businesses export to markets across the globe including Sweden. UK exports to Sweden amounted to £12.0 billion in the 12 months to September 2023, making Sweden the UK’s 20th largest export market. In 2022, UK and Swedish Trade Ministers inaugurated the first annual UK Sweden Business Forum, which seeks to...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Exports: United Arab Emirates ( 8 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: The Government is committed to driving forward export growth and helping UK businesses export to markets across the globe including the United Arab Emirates (UAE). UK exports to UAE amounted to £15.6 billion in the 12 months to September 2023, an increase of 23.3% or £2.9 billion in current prices compared to the previous 12 months, making UAE the UK’s 13th largest export market. The...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Exports: Poland ( 8 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: The Government is committed to driving forward export growth and helping UK businesses export to markets across the globe including Poland. UK exports to Poland amounted to £10.5 billion in the 12 months to September 2023, an increase of 26.0% or £2.2 billion in current prices compared to the previous 12 months, making Poland the UK’s 21st largest export market. UK businesses can access...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Exports: Australia ( 8 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: The Government is committed to driving forward export growth and helping UK businesses export to markets across the globe including Australia. The Government is proud of the world-class deal it negotiated with Australia, the UK’s first from-scratch FTA, and is working to ensure businesses feel confident in using the deal. UK exports to Australia amounted to £14.3 billion in the 12 months...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Exports: Switzerland ( 8 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: The Government is committed to driving forward export growth and helping UK businesses export to markets across the globe, including Switzerland. In January 2023 the Government extended the Services Mobility Agreement, allowing service suppliers to travel to Switzerland more easily. In December 2023, HM Treasury signed the Berne Financial Services Agreement, providing market access to service...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Exports: Singapore ( 8 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: The UK-Singapore Strategic Partnership launched last September and encompasses our milestone UK-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement, the first-of-its-kind for the UK. Businesses are already benefitting from its world-class provisions on duty-free movement of data, data non-localisation and source code protection that make it easier for UK companies to trade digitally with Singapore. In...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Exports: Turkey ( 8 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: The Government is committed to driving forward export growth and helping UK businesses export to global markets. UK exports to Turkey were £10.0 billion in the 12 months to September 2023, an increase of 18.3% or £1.6 billion in current prices compared to the previous 12 months, making Turkey the UK’s 22nd largest export market. In January, a review of the Technical Barriers to Trade...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Harland and Wolff: Export Credit Guarantees ( 7 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: Ministerial agreement for UK Export Finance to advance negotiations with Harland & Wolff was granted on 22 December 2023

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Taiwan: Investment ( 7 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: The UK’s longstanding policy on Taiwan has not changed: the UK has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan but a strong, unofficial relationship based on dynamic commercial, educational and cultural ties. The Department for Business and Trade is currently working on an Enhanced Trade Partnership with Taiwan; currently there are no plans to negotiate a bilateral investment treaty with Taiwan.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Overseas Trade: South Australia ( 6 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: Our already strong trade and investment relationship with the whole of Australia has been further strengthened by the Free Trade Agreement. The Government also enjoys a strong relationship with South Australia, which includes a UK-South Australia MOU covering cooperation on trade and investment. There is regular engagement led by UK Ministers, the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy and our High...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Department for International Trade: Indonesia ( 5 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: The Government publishes, on gov.uk, details of the total cost of overseas Ministerial travel, including costs of travel, and of other costs (visas, accommodation, meals). However, as has been the case under successive administrations, the Government does not publish granular detail on Ministers’ travel at home or abroad, nor details of those accompanying them.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Tractors: Batteries ( 5 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: The rules which apply to battery electric truck tractors to facilitate tariff free trade have been in force since 1 January 2021 and were not due to change in 2024. The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) works across government to support the transition to zero emission vehicles. Zero emission vehicles will help the UK decarbonise and Government remains committed to the Net Zero 2050 target.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Department for Business and Trade: Environment Protection ( 5 Feb 2024)

Greg Hands: The Environmental principles duty does not require the Government to maintain a comprehensive list of policies within scope of the duty. The duty applies to all policies made from 1 November 2023, whether developed by a central department, or an arm’s length body, which are: made by Ministers of the Crown; and not covered by the exemptions for the armed forces, defence or national...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: UK Trade with EU: Import Duties (31 Jan 2024)

Greg Hands: The UK has a comprehensive zero-tariff, zero-quota Free Trade Agreement with the European Union that eliminates tariffs on UK imports from and exports to the European Union, subject to goods meeting the relevant rules of origin. This Government is committed to the ensuring the smooth running of the agreement to the benefit of UK business and consumers, such as via the annual framework of...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Military Aid: Israel (30 Jan 2024)

Greg Hands: HM Government publishes data on export licensing decisions on a quarterly basis in the Official Statistics, including data on outcome, end user destination, overall value, type (e.g. military, other) and a summary of the items covered by these licences. This data is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/strategic-export-controls-licens ing-data. The most recent publication was on 16...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Foreign Investment: Dispute Resolution (30 Jan 2024)

Greg Hands: Inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in UK treaties is considered where it is in the UK's interests and where we agree with partners that it can play a useful role in supporting the bilateral investment relationship. Where the UK negotiates ISDS, it is in line with modern international best practice. This ensures that the mechanism delivers fair outcomes of disputes, has...


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