UK-Japan FTA | Update on UK-US negotiations | DHL e-commerce webinar

Posted on 20/05/2020 by DHL Express

UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement plans

With the government’s ambition to ‘secure free trade agreements with countries covering 80% of UK trade within the next three years’, it’s working hard to secure bilateral trade agreements around the world, and last week released its Strategic Approach to a UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement.

As the world’s third-largest economy (in 2018, NCTAD: GDP), Japan presents a great opportunity for UK businesses. A UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement could increase trade by £15.2 billion and the textiles, agriculture and techonology sectors have been identified as particular areas that could benefit.

The first round of discussions will start shortly using video conferencing until it is safe to travel.

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Update on UK-US trade negotiations

Last week we brought you the news that discussions began on a UK-US Free Trade Agreement, and this week the government released a short update on progression.

Both sides set out a mutual commitment to create new opportunities for businesses in both countries, and discussions covered a number of workstreams including Customs, Rules of Origin and Intellectual Property.

A second virtual round of negotiations will take place in the weeks of 15 and 26 June and we will bring you more news when we have it.

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