Today the government has extended the list of fashion and textile products that will attract an import duty in the event of a no deal Brexit. The original list was published in March 2019 comprising 97 tariff lines and today this has been extended to 140, covering more product categories such as jumpers and extending the existing men’s and boys’ products into those for women and girls.
Previously the list covered items such as men’s and boys’ jackets and it now includes women’s and girls’ jackets, as well as women’s trousers and women’s blouses. In some cases, the fibre type has been extended so originally the tariffs would only apply to women’s pyjamas made of cotton and manmade fibres but this has been extended to a wider range of fibre types.
The temporary tariff regime will apply for 12 months.
The government said it has made revisions to ensure that the preferential access to the UK market currently available to developing countries (compared to other countries) is maintained. It said the changes would enable UK supply chains to continue to operate smoothly and keep prices down for consumers.
Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT, said: “Whilst we recognise the need to protect imports from countries covered by the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) which includes countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan, announcing these changes 23 days before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union leaves businesses with very little time to prepare. In the event of a no deal, it does nothing to help UK exporters which are facing an additional tariff bill of £870m when selling into Europe.”
If the product to be imported to the UK is not on the list below, there will be no duty for the next 12 months. Products on the list below imported from countries covered by the GSP scheme will attract no duty either.
The full list can be viewed here.