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The UK has finalised free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Kenya on 3 November 2020. The deal secures tariff-free market access for companies operating in Kenya, including British businesses, as they export products—such as tea and spices, vegetables, and teas and plants (mostly flowers)—to their UK customers. With an ambition to secure free trade agreements with countries ‘covering 80% of UK trade’ by 2022, the Department for International Trade (DIT) is continuing its engagement with a number of existing EU trade partners. Rolling over existing terms previously agreed between the EU and the East African Community (EAC), the UK-Kenya FTA also includes clauses to allow other EAC States to join ‘when they are ready’.
The UK-Kenya FTA will be formally signed shortly, ‘subject to checks’.
The DIT is continuing its engagement with a number of existing EU trade partners, in order to agree new arrangements to take effect after the end of the transition period. Where those arrangements are not in place, the UK will trade with World Trade Organization (WTO) members on WTO terms.
Background reading on the EU-EAC Economic Partnership Agreement is accessible here.
The document collection including information on the UK-Kenya FTA is accessible on DIT—Existing UK trade agreements with non-EU countries.
DIT guidance on exporting to Kenya is pending update: Exporting to Kenya from 1 January 2021.
Meanwhile, the House of Commons Library has published an updated reading list of resources on the UK's negotiations for trade agreements with the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and the approach to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The briefing paper, 'Trade agreements: a reading list', collates a selection of statements from the UK Government and the other parties to the negotiations. It also contains material from Select Committees, press articles and other commentary. These negotiations are due to run in parallel to the UK-EU negotiations, as the government tries to establish independent trading relationships to take effect after the end of the transition period.
'Trade agreements: a reading list' can be accessed here.
Stakeholders are advised to monitor the House of Commons Library page for periodic updates.
• GOV.UK—Press release: UK and Kenya secure a trade agreement
• House of Commons Library—Research Briefing: Trade agreements: a reading list
• DIT—Existing UK trade agreements with non-EU countries
For further detail, see: LNB News 03/11/2020 110.
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