UK Trade with EU: Import Duties

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 14th July 2020.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect of potential difficulties in collecting tariffs on EU imports from 1 January 2021 on the (a) operation of the UK’s trade policy and (b) negotiations on free trade deals with non-EU countries.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the level of risk that EU tariffs will be applied by default to all goods travelling to Northern Ireland from outside the UK and EU in the event that the system for applying both (a) UK and (b) EU tariffs is not operational by 1 January 2021.

Photo of Ranil Jayawardena Ranil Jayawardena Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

HM Government is committed to meeting our obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol, whilst ensuring that there is minimal disruption to the everyday lives of people across the province.

The discussions with the European Union on the Protocol have begun; the first Northern Ireland Specialised Committee took place on the 30th April. We will continue to engage constructively in those fora to ensure a pragmatic and proportionate implementation of the Protocol.

We expect the European Union tariff to only be payable on goods that are deemed to be at risk of subsequently moving into the European Union. The criteria for determining which goods are ‘not at risk’ is a matter for consideration at the Joint Committee.

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