UK trade remedies measures announced to protect from “unfair trading practices”

A number of trade remedies measures will be applied to UK imports to help protect industries and safeguard jobs after leaving the European Union, the Government has announced.

According to the report, published by the Department for International Trade (DiT), a total of 43 trade remedies measures that currently apply to imports from outside the EU will be transitioned into UK law after leaving in March.

These measures ensure that low-cost products entering the UK – deemed to be traded unfairly and risk disadvantaging British businesses – are priced at a similar rate to products already manufactured and sold in the UK.

The products, many of which are made in China, include tyres and aluminium wheels, ceramic tiles, tableware and kitchenware, as well a range of steel and iron products.

The report also notes that some 66 EU measures will not be applied to the UK after leaving.

According to the DiT, these measures were “originally designed to protect EU producers from unfair completion”, but they do not “significantly benefit British industries and only increase costs for consumers”.

The EU trade remedies measures to be scrapped include a 10 per cent tariff on sweetcorn from Thailand, a 42p per kilogram tariff on tinned mandarins from China, and a 34 per cent tariff on imports of solar glass.

Commenting on the announcement, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said: “Today’s announcement will allow British industries to compete on a level playing field with their international competitors after we leave the EU. This is an important part of our new independent trade policy and it underlines our commitment to free trade and to ensuring the integrity of the global rules-based trading system.

“The decision on whether to maintain measures was based on whether those measures mattered to the UK. We are scrapping measures that don’t significantly benefit British businesses and this will see savings for people throughout the country.”

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