On May 31, the UK’s free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand will come into effect. These agreements, the first that the UK has negotiated from scratch since leaving the European Union, are expected to bring benefits to businesses and consumers across all three countries.
The deals will facilitate the removal of tariffs on all UK goods exports, open up unprecedented access for services, and ease the burden of digital trade.
They will also make it easier for UK professionals to live and work in Australia and New Zealand. The agreements will increase bilateral trade with Australia by 53% and with New Zealand by 59% in the long term.
They will remove UK import tariffs on the majority of goods from Australia and New Zealand, reducing prices for UK consumers on favorites such as wine and manuka honey and lowering costs on machinery parts for UK manufacturers.
They will also establish progressive rules on digital trade and free flow of data, cutting red tape for SMEs and easing trade while protecting intellectual property, brands, and innovations.
Both countries, Australia and New Zealand, are key members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a huge trade bloc in the Indo-Pacific. The UK recently concluded negotiations to join the CPTPP, putting it at the heart of a trading powerhouse worth £9 trillion. Learn more about CPTPP here
The agreements are the result of the UK’s status as an independent trading nation and its ability to tailor agreements to its country’s economic strengths.
They represent a bold new future for the UK as it moves forward with the world’s most dynamic and fast-growing economies. They will create new opportunities for business & boost wages.
Free trade agreements are governed by various rules, regulations, and trade agreements, and compliance with these requirements is crucial for businesses engaged in global trade.
However, FTAs also come with specific compliance requirements that businesses must adhere to realise the benefits fully.
Let’s take a closer look at how FTAs impact trade compliance for UK businesses.
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