During the transition period until 1 January 2021, EU trade agreements continue to apply to the UK. The newly in force EU-Vietnam free trade agreement added to that list on 1 August.

What progress has been made in terms of rollover for UK purposes the more than 40 trade agreements made by the EU with preferential trade agreement partners?

By August 2020, the following agreements had been completed by DiT:

Andean Community countries

CARIFORUM countries

Central America

Chile

Eastern and Southern Africa

Faroe Islands

Georgia

Israel

Jordan

Kosovo

Lebanon

Morocco

Pacific states

Palestinian Authority

South Korea

SACUM countries

Tunisia

Trade agreements still under discussion with:

Norway

Switzerland

Iceland

Liechtenstein

Albania

Turkey

Algeria

Bosnia & Hercegovina

Cameroon

Canada

Ivory Coast

East African Community

Egypt

Ghana

Mexico

Moldova

Montenegro

North Macedonia

Serbia

Singapore

Ukraine

Vietnam

The UK and Japan successfully completed negotiations in September for a new FTA based on the original EU-Japan EPA, but moving beyond it in certain areas such as digital trade. The text of this agreement is likely to be published in October as the agreement is ratified at both Westminster and the Japanese Parliament.

The BRC has regular dialogue with DiT in which we stress the need for retailers of trade continuity of these deals in time for 1 January 2021.

For more information, see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-trade-agreements-with-non-eu-countries