Electric Vehicles: Import Duties

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 7th June 2021.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many of the UK’s existing trade agreements do not allow for tariff-free trade in electric vehicles.

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

Of the 34 trade agreements that the UK has signed to date, all provide tariff-free access relating to imports on electric vehicles, except within 4 agreements: Canada, Japan, Ukraine and Viet Nam.

Electric vehicles are subject to staged annual tariff reductions with these agreements, with tariff-free imports commencing in January 2022 (Canada, Viet Nam), January 2023 (Ukraine) and February 2026 (Japan).

Tariff free trade in electric vehicles demonstrates the UK’s commitment to tackling climate change and supports wider government policy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

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