Iron and Steel: Imports

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 20th 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 (a) the existing level of UK demand for steel and (b) the potential merits of reducing the proposed UK tariff free quotas for steel imports from 1 January 2021; and if she will make a statement.

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

HM Government has been working closely with the British steel industry, including on steel safeguards to protect industry from unforeseen surges in imports. Current data shows that steel demand was down 24 per cent in the United Kingdom during the first four months of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019.

Our priority is to make sure that, at the end of the transition period, our domestic industry retains appropriate trade remedy protections. That is why we have committed to carrying across existing measures where there is a British interest, including steel safeguards, and are then reviewing them to make them tailored to the needs of the United Kingdom.

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