Updates to no-deal dairy tariffs announced

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

By Felicity Rusk

On 8 October, the UK government announced revisions to the temporary tariff schedule which would apply to imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  

For dairy, further import tariffs have been announced on some cheeses. These are in addition to the tariffs proposed earlier this year, mainly covering butter and cheeses, which remain unchanged. There continue to be no import tariffs for milk, cream, powders or yogurts.

The addition of the new codes means around 17% of all UK dairy imports would be subject to a tariff in the event of a no-deal. The tariffs, on average, work out at €623/tonnes for butter and €214/tonnes for cheese.

In the case of a no-deal, UK dairy products will be subject to tariffs to export goods into the EU. These rates are much higher than the UK import tariffs that the government has proposed. This will make UK products more expensive and in most cases, uncompetitive on EU markets.

The proposed no-deal import tariff schedules, as well as the tariffs the UK would have to pay to export to the EU can be found here.

For more analysis on the possible implications of a no-deal on the UK dairy industry, visit our Brexit hub.

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