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
Eastern and Southern Africa
Trade agreements still under discussion with:
Bosnia & Hercegovina
East African Community
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