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Legal and policy experts questioned on UK trade remedies policy

13 October 2020

The International Trade Committee explores the structure of the UK’s new trade remedies regime, and what still needs to be done to ensure the TRA is operational on 1 January.

Witnesses

Wednesday 14 October, virtual meeting

At 2.30pm

  • Dr Lorand Bartels, Senior Counsel, Linklaters LLP and Reader in International Law, University of Cambridge
  • James Kane, Associate, Institute for Government

At 3.30pm

  • Dr Laura Cohen MBE, Chief Executive, British Ceramic Confederation and Chair, Manufacturing Trade Remedies Alliance
  • Rosa Crawford, Policy Officer, Rights, International, Social and Economic Department, Trades Union Congress
  • Richard Warren, Head of Policy and External Affairs, UK Steel

Trade remedies – also referred to as trade defence measures – are steps taken by countries in response to unfair competition, ‘dumped’ or subsidised imports, or a surge of imports; and generally take the form of additional duties on the import of specific products.

During the post-Brexit transition period the UK has continued to be covered by the EU’s trade remedies policy, but the Trade Bill provides for the creation of a new Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) to deliver the new UK trade remedies framework.

An interim Trade Remedies Investigation Directorate has been set up within the Department for International Trade to start the work of the TRA while the Trade Bill is making its way through Parliament.

Further information

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