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Food: Import Duties

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 89729, tabled on 14 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what information she holds on the potential effect of the application of the published UK global tariff on the average weekly family grocery purchase.

Answered on

17 September 2020

The UK Global Tariff (UKGT) is tailored to the UK economy and balances the interests of UK consumers and producers. It is a lower tariff regime than the EU’s Common External Tariff. In designing the UKGT, we assessed all available evidence submitted during the public consultation in depth and considered a range of factors, such as the five principles set out in the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018.

The UKGT eliminates tariffs on imports where the UK has limited domestic production, which may lower cost pressures for UK households and businesses.

We will publish more analysis in the Taxation Information and Impact Note (TIIN) alongside the legislation, as is standard practice.

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Department for International Trade