Honda Motor Europe – Written evidence (FFT0012) 



Summary of Views:







Responses to Questions:

What are likely to be the key non-tariff barriers affecting future UK-EU trade in goods and how could these affect the operations of UK businesses? What are likely to be the most important technical barriers to UK trade with the EU? How could these be addressed in the future UK-EU trade agreement and what precedents exist in other trade agreements?







    1. Both parties continue to align regulation across all automotive-relevant legislation, ensuring that the current high standards of vehicle safety and environmental performance are maintained and that added value and innovation continues to be encouraged.
    2. Avoid duplication of work to eliminate the burden of additional development and double testing, marking and certification.
    3. Ensure that regulators on both sides commit to ongoing cooperation and dialogue with each other, to allow for the greatest possible level of information exchange and consultation in the formulation of legislations in the automotive sector.
    4. Ensure that within the framework of the trade agreement, provisions concerning all aspects of technical barriers to trade are as robust as possible.


What form of regulatory cooperation should there be between the UK and EU, including cooperation with EU agencies?




How could the UK and EU minimise the costs and disruption associated with any testing and compliance processes that will be required, including conformity assessments? How effective would mutual recognition be in keeping these to a minimum?


What arrangements on rules of origin should there be between the UK and the EU? What precedents are there for bespoke arrangements in other trade agreements?


How could customs processes and documentation be simplified to support UK-EU trade? What role could new technology play in this regard? What improvements should be made to existing customs facilitations, such as trusted trader schemes, particularly for the benefit of small and newly-established businesses?




Are there any other areas where the UK or EU should be more ambitious in reducing the costs associated with non-tariff barriers?




What impact would the absence of a UK-EU trade agreement at the end of the transition period have on non-tariff barriers and, consequently, UK businesses? How prepared are UK businesses for this situation and what should they be doing to get ready?






26 June 2020