Trade Remedies

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the economic interest test will have the same functions and be operated on the same basis as the Union Interest Test used by the EU.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The UK trade remedies system will include an economic interest test to ensure that measures are not applied where they will have a disproportionate impact on the wider UK economy.

This is similar to the Union interest test currently operated by the EU- for example, both tests will be considered at the provisional and final stages of an investigation, and will operate on a starting presumption in favour of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures.

But the economic interest test will be based on clear criteria set out in primary legislation. This will provide certainty and clarity for UK businesses.

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