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Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 250, tabled on 14 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the UK’s temporary tariff schedule on (a) duties levied on automotive components and (b) levels of competition in the automotive sector.

Answered on

17 October 2019

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the Government will introduce the Temporary Tariff Regime (TTR) for imports into the UK that are not subject to alternative trade arrangements, applying for up to 12 months. The Government has published a Tax Information and Impact Note on the TTR, which is standard practice to support tax policy decisions.

Under the TTR, tariffs would be retained on a number of finished vehicles in order to support the automotive sector in light of broader challenging market conditions. Car makers relying on EU supply chains would not however face additional tariffs on car parts imported from the EU to prevent disruption to supply chains. Preserving access to good value intermediate goods will support the competitiveness of the UK’s own exports. The Government believes British business is in a strong position to compete in the global market once we have left the EU, selling British-made goods such as our high-quality British cars into markets across the world.

Answered by

Department for International Trade
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