Farmers urged to have their say on tariff consultation

The food industry is being urged to contribute to a consultation on the UK’s tariff policy, before it closes on 5 March. The consultation will be used to inform the government’s Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff schedule, which will come into force on 1 January 2021.

The tariffs will apply to all goods imported into the UK, unless an exception such as a preferential arrangement or tariff suspension applies. In particular, the tariff will not apply to goods coming from developing countries that benefit under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences, or to goods originating from countries with which the UK has negotiated a free trade agreement (FTA).

The consultation offers you the opportunity to provide:

  • views on a potential series of amendments to the Common External Tariff to create a bespoke UK tariff- specifically: simplifying and tailoring the UK Global Tariff policy, removing tariffs on goods imported by UK businesses to manufacture other goods, and where the UK has zero or limited domestic production
  • specific feedback on specific products or commodity codes of importance to you, including on the corresponding tariff rate
  • information on your interactions with MFN tariffs and the importance of tariffs to your sectors

More information about the consultation can be found on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-uk-global-tariff

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