By Peter Ungphakorn
POSTED JUNE 18, 2021 | UPDATED DECEMBER 17, 2021
“British farmers will be protected by a cap on tariff-free imports for 15 years, using tariff rate quotas and other safeguards,” declared the UK International Trade Department on June 15, 2021.
It was not a final deal. That was eventually signed six months later, on December 16, 2021.
Much of the June agreement-in-principle was in the future tense — agreement between the two “will include” this that and the other. Negotiations continued.
A note at the end of the text, which the Australian government calls a “disclaimer”, says:
“DISCLAIMER: This document reflects what the UK and Australian FTA [free trade agreement] negotiating teams have jointly decided as of 16 June 2021 should be included in the FTA once it is finalised. It does not prejudge the outcome of the FTA negotiations or any further proposals for FTA commitments either the UK or Australia may make after this date. It is also not intended to create any treaty obligations.”
But it does show some of what is intended for agricultural products.Continue reading “UK-Australia trade deal: when a cap on farm goods is not a cap”