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Nigeria To Benefit From UK’s New Trading Scheme Of Reduced Import Tariffs For 65 Developing Countries

  • The new trading scheme will cut tariffs on hundreds of everyday products
  • Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) will help UK businesses access hundreds of products from Nigeria and around the globe at lower prices, reducing costs for UK consumers
  • Will boost trade with 65 developing countries, support jobs and growth at home and abroad, and reinforce our economic security

The International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan on Tuesday launched the new Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS), which will extend tariff cuts to hundreds of more products exported from developing countries, going further than the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences. This is on top of the thousands of products which developing countries can already export to the UK duty-free [and will mean 99% of goods imported from Africa, for example will enter the UK duty free].

The scheme means that a wide variety of products – from clothes and shoes to foods that aren’t widely produced in the UK including olive oil and tomatoes – will benefit from lower or zero tariffs.

The Developing Countries Trading Scheme ensures that British businesses can benefit from more than £750 million per year of reduced import costs, leading to more choice and lower costs for UK consumers to help with the cost of living.

Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “As an independent trading nation, we are taking back control of our trade policy and making decisions that back UK businesses, help with the cost of living, and support the economies of developing countries around the world. 

“UK businesses can look forward to less red-tape and lower costs, incentivising firms to import goods from developing countries.”

Gill Atkinson, Acting British High Commissioner to Nigeria, said: “Nigeria will automatically benefit from enhanced preferences under the DCTS. This means 99% of total goods exported from Nigeria are eligible for duty-free access to the UK, saving £500,000 of tariffs.

“As an example, cocoa butter exporters will save £180,000. It’s great to see that the new DCTS will also simplify seasonal tariffs, meaning additional access for Nigeria’s exports to the UK.”

The DCTS covers 65 countries across Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas including some of the poorest countries in the world.

It removes some seasonal tariffs, meaning more options for British supermarkets and shops all year round. For example, cucumbers, which can’t be grown in the UK in the winter, will now be tariff-free during this period for the majority of countries in the scheme.

This work is part of a wider push by the UK to drive a free trade, pro-growth agenda across the globe, using trade to drive prosperity and help eradicate poverty.

The DCTS replaces the UK Generalised Scheme of Preferences, which was rolled over from our EU membership, and will come into force in early 2023. The scheme covers 37 countries in Africa, 18 in Asia, 8 in Oceania and 2 in the Americas, representing varied and exciting trade opportunities around the world.

Key aspects of the DCTS are:

  • Making product specific rules and rules on cumulation more generous and easier to follow for least developed countries
  • Ensuring that goods which are genuinely competitive in the UK do not get preferential tariffs
  • Making it simpler for developing countries to get the enhanced trade preferences in the scheme whilst including powers to suspend a country on the grounds of human rights and labour rights violations
  • For the first time, including powers to suspend countries that are not meeting their climate change and environment-related obligations
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