On Monday, the government of the United Kingdom said that sweetcorn imported from Thailand and tinned mandarins coming from China are among the goods that Britain will scrap higher tariffs on after it leaves the European Union.
Liam Fox, the trade minister of the United Kingdom, said that Britain would transition into British law 43 trade remedies measures that are currently applied to imports that are from outside the European Union. He said that Britain and would scrap another 66 tariffs which were intended to protect the producers of the European Union from unfair competition.
In a statement, Fox disclosed: “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.”
He noted that there would be a review of the tariffs to review if some changes will be necessary.
The British government said that the changes are set to be applied starting from the 29th of March if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal, or starting from the end of a post-Brexit transition period if an agreement is reached.
The government of the United Kingdom said that 43 such remedies to trading will be maintained. The tariffs that will be maintained are those that cover goods including aluminium wheels, tyres, tableware, kitchenware, and ceramic tiles from China and range of iron and steel products that are from countries such as the United States, Russia, Iran, China, and Brazil.
Products from China, in particular, have been penalised for being dumped on international markets at low prices.
The UK trade department stated: “The measures will protect important industries and safeguard jobs from the risk of low-cost imports at below fair market rates.”
The chief executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, Laura Cohen, stated: “What’s crucial is what’s missing from the Government’s announcement today.”
She continued: “We still do not know what they are going to do with those underlying, most favoured nation tariffs, onto which trade remedies are added.”
She added: “If Government drops these to zero in a no-deal Brexit, then ceramic tiles and tableware, and many thousands of other goods manufactured in this country will be in jeopardy because a flood of imports will cause untold damage to our domestic markets.”