Brexit tariff targets garments

The UK government has released an updated tariff regime that would apply for 12-months if Britain leaves the EU without a withdrawal deal, including amended tariffs to imports of clothing.

Following the initial announcement of a temporary tariff regime in March, the government held further discussions with industry and consumer groups.Garments-on-rack

Having listened to their feedback, the government announced three specific amendments affecting HGVs, bioethanol and clothing.

Import tariffs of 8%-12% will now apply to additional clothing items that were previously subject to no charges, expanding the categories of clothing products subject to the tariff from 97 to 140.

The government has said these tariffs, applicable to all countries not under the generalised scheme of preferences, will “ensure the preferential access to the UK market currently available to developing countries”.

Developing countries under the generalised scheme of preferences (GSP), including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Pakistan, will not be subject to the tariff, allowing them to remain competitive.

Under these temporary tariffs, 88% of total imports to the UK by value would be eligible for tariff-free access.

Trade policy minister Conor Burns said: “Our temporary tariff regime will support the UK economy as a whole, helping British businesses to trade, and opening up opportunities for business to import the best goods from around the world at the best prices for British consumers.

A full consultation on a permanent approach to tariffs will be undertaken from January. All businesses, interest groups and consumers will be able to share their views throughout this process.