Overseas Trade: Africa

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 29th January 2020.

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Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns Conservative, Vale of Glamorgan

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the UK's trade relationship was with each African country in the last five years.

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

Over the last five years the UK has consolidated stronger trade and investment partnerships with African countries, supporting businesses to enter and expand across African markets, and deepening our bilateral engagement to open new trade and investment opportunities.

Over this time the UK has offered almost all African countries preferential access to its markets as beneficiaries of the European Union’s unilateral trade preferences scheme or as parties to trade agreements with the EU. There are 44 African countries that receive duty-free quota-free access to the UK under EU arrangements that also offer preferential access to a further eight African countries.

As we leave the EU, we have sought to replicate the effects of EU trade arrangements and have secured trade continuity with 46 African countries.

The UK’s trade flows with each African country are published by the Office for National Statistics.

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