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Future trade agreements

The UK fresh produce industry wants a Free Trade Agreement with the EU, with ‘zero for zero’ tariffs. The dependency of the UK market on EU imports is critical to maintaining our food security.

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The UK fresh produce industry wants a Free Trade Agreement with the EU, with ‘zero for zero’ tariffs. The dependency of the UK market on EU imports is critical to maintaining our food security.

Any new tariff or non-tariff barriers will place immense burdens on businesses by removing frictionless trade, damaging existing trade flows, and will lead to increases in prices for UK consumers.

Whilst the UK Government has replicated several EU trade agreements with third countries to maintain mutually beneficial trading arrangements, there are still a number of outstanding or on-going discussions on a future trading relationship with countries with whom the UK trades a significant volume of fresh produce.

The UK Government has published its future UK Global Tariff. This, and the outcome of trade negotiations between the UK and the EU, will have an impact on the sourcing patterns and volumes of future UK imports, as will the economic impact of the Coronavirus and how the industry recovers.

UK Global Tariff

FPC issued a briefing to members which included the list of trade agreements already in place and the proposed tariffs in the consultation. We received a number of comments from FPC members and we responded to the Global Tariff consultation on a number of points, as well as the individual tariff rates. For more details you can check out our briefing to members on our response to the consultation and feedback on the proposed tariff schedule for fresh fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and plants.

Future UK trade agreements

The UK Government is developing trade agreements with the United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. FPC is engaged in providing advice to the UK Government as it negotiates terms. We will keep members informed of developments.