Import Duties: Caribbean

Department for Business and Trade written question – answered on 28th March 2023.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether he plans to take steps to remove tariffs on goods and services from Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)

The UK has a comprehensive trade agreement with all 12 Caribbean Commonwealth countries covering both goods and services. The UK-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement provides immediate duty-free quota-free access to the UK market for all goods from partner Caribbean States, except arms and ammunition.

The Agreement also provides CARIFORUM partners access to the majority of UK service sectors and opens most services in the UK and CARIFORUM to investment. Under the agreement the UK has committed to allowing specific categories of professional employees of CARIFORUM firms and self-employed CARIFORUM professionals in specific sectors, to enter the UK to supply services.

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