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Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Question (27 May 2021)

Greg Hands: My right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, has appointed my noble Friend Lord Frost as Minister of State for the Cabinet Office where he will lead the United Kingdom’s institutional and strategic relationship with the European Union. Now that the United Kingdom has left the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union, the customs processes and procedures previously applied to goods being moved...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (27 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK stands to gain from a trade agreement with Australia. The Government will secure reductions in tariffs on UK exports to Australia, saving UK businesses millions of pounds. For example, elimination of 5% tariffs on whisky could bolster Northern Irish Whiskey exports to Australia. Any deals the Government signs will include protections for the agricultural sector and will not undercut UK...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: New Zealand (27 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The scoping assessments published back in June 2020 for Australia and New Zealand assessed the potential impacts of a deal in advance of negotiations, under various illustrative scenarios. The assessments include estimates of the long-run impacts on gross value added (GVA) and employment for various sectors. The sector estimates are subject to a high degree of uncertainty. They are...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: New Zealand (27 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The scoping assessments published back in June 2020 for Australia and New Zealand assessed the potential impacts of a deal in advance of negotiations, under various illustrative scenarios. Modelling for scenario 2 in these documents assumes the elimination of all tariffs, including those on bovine meat and sheep meat.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: UK Trade with EU: Dispute Resolution (27 May 2021)

Greg Hands: Market access barriers between the United Kingdom and other trading partners, including the EU, are recorded on the Digital Market Access Service (DMAS), an internal digital platform used by government officials to support efforts to remove barriers for British businesses where it is possible to do so. Barriers are recorded on DMAS when an issue is raised by a company or identified by Post or...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (27 May 2021)

Greg Hands: Joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will see the UK secure its place in a network of countries committed to free trade as part of the rules-based international system. Accession will demonstrate the UK’s place as a nation that champions the removal of barriers in world trade. CPTPP is designed for expansion, meaning that its rules have...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Import Duties (26 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK’s tariff suspension regime applies to UK imports and is a reduction in the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ rate, the UK Global Tariff, for all businesses. Restrictions on duty drawback in preferential agreements do not apply to tariff suspensions because tariff suspensions apply to all imports, whether or not they are then used as inputs for subsequent exports to the Free Trade Agreement...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Import Duties (26 May 2021)

Greg Hands: Under the new tariff suspension scheme, UK and Crown Dependency importers can apply for tariff suspensions. The Government will assess these requests and decide whether to grant suspensions for specified goods based on a set of criteria and wider considerations. All UK and Crown Dependency businesses can benefit from a suspension once it is granted, irrespective of whether that business...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: G7 (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The trade priorities for the upcoming G7 leaders’ summit are to champion free and fair trade, advance the modernisation of international trade, and support the reform and strengthening of the World Trade Organization. Free and Fair Trade is essential to long-term prosperity and the Government will use its G7 Presidency to unite the G7 to help tackle practices that undermine this. The...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Government wants to secure an ambitious free trade deal with Australia that benefits businesses across the UK. Any deal the UK signs with Australia will include protections for the agriculture industry and will not undercut UK farmers or compromise our high standards. Tariff liberalisation is often staged over time, with safeguards built in. The government’s aim in negotiations is to...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Import Duties: USA (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Government is focused on an ambitious programme of bilateral talks with the US during the four-month tariff suspension, and is making progress towards a settlement that works for the whole of the UK and keeps harmful tariffs off. The Secretary of State for International Trade engages with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on this issue at every opportunity, and both are committed to...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australasia (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The precise details of the Australia and New Zealand Free Trade Agreements are a matter for formal negotiations, and the Department would not seek to pre-empt these discussions. If it is deemed that a legal mechanism is appropriate for resolving investment disputes, the mechanism will reflect modern practice, deliver fair outcomes of claims, require high ethical standards for arbitrators,...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Government is committed to an inclusive and transparent trade policy. Scoping Assessments are published to provide a preliminary assessment in advance of negotiations. Following the conclusion of negotiations, a full Impact Assessment (IA) is published prior to implementation. These documents set out the Government’s assessment of the potential long run effects of new free trade...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agricultural Products: Import Duties (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Government has always been clear that any deals it signs will include protections for the agricultural sector, and will not undercut UK farmers or compromise our high standards. The Government is seeking deals that work for UK farmers and producers. The Government carried out public consultations and scoping assessments for each FTA negotiation, which can be found on the Government’s...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australasia and North America (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: Negotiations are currently ongoing with Australia, New Zealand, and the United States on deals that will have significant benefits for the whole of the United Kingdom. In preparation for negotiations with Canada and Mexico, the Department for International Trade (DIT) has just launched a call for input which will help understand business and stakeholder’s interests, as well as...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agricultural Products: Import Duties (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Government has always been clear that any deals it signs will include protections for the agricultural sector, and will not undercut UK farmers or compromise our high standards. The Government is seeking deals that work for our farmers and producers. The Department for International Trade is carefully considering the individual and combined effect of the agreements that are being...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (24 May 2021)

Greg Hands: Article 14.34.5 of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement sets out that both Parties shall, as soon as practically possible after the entry into force of the Agreement, enter into consultations with a view to adding additional geographical indications. The UK subsequently started discussions with Japan in early 2021 regarding adding new geographical indications. After these...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade (24 May 2021)

Greg Hands: HMG’s Overseas Business Risk guidance provides geopolitical and economic analysis on over 100 overseas markets to new and expanding exporters. The guidance, which is available on GOV.UK, also provides information on potential risks including human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, criminal activity and intellectual property. Section 6.1 of the guidance for China was updated...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (24 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department’s response to the House of Commons International Trade Committee report on the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was accurate at the time of its placement in the Library of the House of Commons on 25 January 2021. The right hon. Member for Islington South and Finsbury is referred to the answer given on 29 April 2021 to Question 175776, in which it was...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: India (20 May 2021)

Greg Hands: DIT officials did not conduct an advance visit to prepare for the Prime Minister’s scheduled visit to India on 26th April 2021. DIT officials, based in both London and the British High Commission in India, supported preparations for the Prime Minister’s Summit with Prime Minister Modi on 4th May 2021. Following the Summit, the Prime Minister announced an Enhanced Trade Partnership with...


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