Generalised System of Preferences

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 17th March 2020.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Labour/Co-operative, Harrow West

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she plans to maintain UK membership of the EU GSP+ Trade Scheme; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Conor Burns Conor Burns The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

After the Transition Period, the UK will have a trade preference scheme which at least maintains the preferential market access we currently offer to developing countries.

We intend that the scheme will have three tiers:

• The General Framework for low and lower-middle income countries that receive the EU’s standard Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP)

• The Enhanced Framework for vulnerable low and lower-middle income countries that are part of the EU’s GSP+.

• The Least Developed Country Framework for least developed countries which currently benefit from the EU’s Everything But Arms.

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