Written question – Trade [19/06/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government plans to remove tariffs on solar technology components. (152803)

Tabled on: 12 June 2018

Answer: Greg Hands:

Work is ongoing to develop the UK’s future independent tariff policy via the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill, as we leave the EU. No decision has yet been taken on what the future UK applied tariff rates will be post-EU Exit, and this department is continuing to look at all options.

Furthermore, the UK continues to support efforts at the WTO to reach agreement on the Environmental Goods Agreement which would promote the trade in green products, including that of solar panels and their associated technology.

The Department for International Trade published a call for evidence on the 28 November 2017 with the aim of identifying which UK businesses produce goods currently subject to anti-dumping, or anti-subsidy measures, or to on-going investigations related to these.

It asks those businesses to state whether they support, are neutral to, or oppose the maintaining of those measures, when the UK begins to operate its independent trade remedy framework. It asks for data about those businesses’ production and sales, and total UK production and sales.

We invite other interested parties to provide relevant information for measures of interest to them. This will enable us to make an accurate assessment of applications to maintain measures.

The answer was submitted on 19 Jun 2018 at 17:58.