Israel: Overseas Trade

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 2nd December 2021.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the new Trade and Defence Pact she signed with Israel on 29 November 2021 will permit manufacturers in UK freeports making tariff-free imports of raw materials to utilise tariff reductions when exporting their finished products to Israel.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

On 29 November, the Foreign Secretary and Israeli Foreign Minister Lapid signed a joint memorandum of understanding - accessible here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-israel-strategic-partnership-memorandum-of-understanding-2021 - committing to the development of a new, bespoke UK-Israel Bilateral Roadmap. This Roadmap will define UK-Israel cooperation for the next decade across the breadth of the bilateral relationship. No trade regulations have been changed as a result of this memorandum of understanding.

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