During the transition period until 1 January 2021, EU trade agreements continued to apply to the UK. From 1 January 2021 the rolled over deals between the UK and the trading partners went live.
By the start of 2021, the following agreements had been completed by DiT:
Andean Community countries
CARIFORUM trade bloc
Eastern and Southern Africa trade bloc
Iceland (for goods)
Liechtenstein (for goods)
Norway (for goods)
Switzerland (for goods)
Trade agreements still under discussion with:
Bosnia & Hercegovina
Ghana (finalising text of agreement, but have agreed main principles)
The UK and Japan successfully completed negotiations in September 2020 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 was published after its signature in Tokyo in October 2020. There are new FTA negotiations in 2021 for bespoke Canada-UK trade and Mexico-UK deals.
The UK has also signed mutual recognition agreements on conformity assessment with Australia, New Zealand and the US, which entered into force on 1 January 2021.
The BRC has regular dialogue with DiT in which we stress the need for retailers of trade continuity of the remaining deals to be rolled over.
For more information, see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-trade-agreements-with-non-eu-countries