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“Exciting Times Ahead” says The Department For International Trade:


On Friday 14th February 2020, Charlotte Yam, one of our legal administrative assistants attended a consultation held by the Department for International Trade looking to inform the UK’s Most Favoured Nation tariff schedule, the UK Global Tariff.

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, for the first time in almost 50 years, the Department for International Trade now has the opportunity to develop an independent trade policy. This Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff will enter into force on 1 January 2021. The consultation hopes to offer those who would be affected, the opportunity to provide views on a potential series of amendments to the Common External Tariff to create a bespoke UK tariff regime, specific feedback on individual products or commodity codes, including on the corresponding tariff rate, and information on their interactions with MFN tariffs and the importance of tariffs to their sectors.

Dominic Passfield (Head of UK-US Negotiations Engagement Strategy and External Affairs), James King (Head of Tariff Stakeholder Engagement and Communications), Ayesha Ali (Deputy Director Multilateral Tariff Policy and Operations) and Jennifer Arthur (UK-US Negotiations Communications and Policy Advisor) lead the panel, opening up the floor for a question and answer session at the end.

Shown here Charlotte Yam, James King (DIT) and Ayesha Ali (DIT):