Consultation: Give your views on the UK’s trade preference scheme

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Designing the UK trade preferences scheme for developing nations

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is seeking views on proposed changes to the trade preference scheme which reduces or removes import tariffs for 70 developing countries.

Consultation description

DIT wants to know what you think about proposed changes to the UK’s trade preference scheme. This is currently known as the UK Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP).

In particular, they want to hear your views on:

  • rules of origin requirements for least developed countries (LDCs)
  • reducing tariffs for low income and lower-middle income countries
  • the approach to goods graduation, which suspends reduced rates on some goods
  • the conditions and reporting requirements for low or lower-middle income countries

The new UK preferences scheme (the Developing Countries Trading Scheme) will take effect in 2022.

Respond to the consultation

DIT would prefer to receive responses using their online questionnaire tool.

This consultation closes at 23:45 on 12 September 2021.

The statement of direction provides details on the policy proposals.

The information pack sets out technical information and policy background on the UK GSP.

First published 19 July 2021