The government says they are fully within the parameters of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff
For example, a review of the common external tariffs
is under way.
More than two years after the signing of the Sharm-el-Sheikh Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) agreement in June 2015--which brought together member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), East African Community (EAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)--trade ministers from all of Africa's 54 countries, including those of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which already have a common external tariff
, met in Niamey, the capital of Niger, in early December last year to agree final terms for the African Union's Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).
When we're expelled The Chamber urges politicians to tell us now what they secretly know that's going to stop us facing the Common External Tariff
when we leave the EU in 2019.
Brexiteers want the UK to leave the EU customs union, where all states have a common external tariff
, in order to strike trade deals outside the EU.
In the prime minister's own words, this would allow for "tariff-free trade with Europe and cross-border trade that is as frictionless as possible," while leaving the common commercial policy and no longer being tied to the common external tariff
, thus permitting the UK to pursue its own trade agreements.
Prof Rhys said: "As the Common External Tariff
on parts, components and systems is only 3.8 per cent, efficient UK-based supplier should be alarmed by eventual Brexit.
currently doesn't have its own tariff schedule because it is a member of the EU's customs union, which applies a common external tariff
across all 28 member states.
In his study, the Professor takes into account monetary issues which are only possible outside of the EU, such as: reduced regulation; lower energy prices; removing the Common External Tariff
; setting up our own trade deals around the world (something we can not do as a member of the EU as it is not allowed by the Treaty of Rome).
The alternative would be for UK exporters to accept the EU's common external tariff
, and for the UK to create its own import tariff, applied to all imports, including from the EU.
The free trade agreement alternative: A fourth option would be for the UK to trade with the EU under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, which are subject to the EU's common external tariff
. Alternatively, it could negotiate a separate free trade agreement with the EU, under which tariffs would be lower than WTO tariffs, an arrangement recently concluded by Canada which is scheduled to come