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Duty suspensions allow for unlimited quantities of goods to be imported at a reduced tariff rate, and apply to commodities where the UK Global Tariff rate is not already zero (0%), and usually to products which are not manufactured in the UK or Crown Dependencies, or where the production is limited or temporarily insufficient.
The current duty suspensions for products which previously existed in the UK under the EU suspensions regime have been retained into the UK´s independent regime. These will be extended beyond the 31 December 2021. However, to guide the UK´s suspension regime, the Department for International Trade (DIT) is launching a process that will allow businesses in the UK and Crown Dependencies to apply for temporary reductions in the UK Global Tariff rate for specific products. The application process will be open from 1 June until 31 July 2021.
Once the applications have been received, DIT will open a window for UK businesses to raise objections with the proposed duty suspensions. All duty suspensions granted will take effect early 2022 and will last until summer 2024.
The CTPA will not be contributing directly to the application for duty suspensions but encourages companies to do so where the eligibility criteria are met. For more information on duty suspensions, please refer to the UK Government website, where the explanation of the process, the qualifying criteria and application form can be found.