The impact of the UK joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Read our series of articles to learn about what the impact of the UK’s accession to CPTPP may have on UK agriculture. We answer the questions on the minds of UK producers, consumers and agri-food stakeholders, and present evidence-based analysis and quantitative economic modelling.

What could joining CPTPP mean for UK food and farming?

In the following articles, we turn our attention to one of a number of new trade deals that the UK will be signing over the course of the next few years.

Over the past year the UK has signed new trade deals with Australia and New Zealand which we have analysed to explore the opportunities and risks to UK agriculture. This report will provide an evidence-based appraisal on the opportunities and risks of the UK joining the CPTPP.

It looks at:

  • What opportunities there might be in the CPTPP markets
  • How competitive CPTPP countries might be in the UK marketplace
  • How agriculture in the CPTPP countries stacks up against the UK in terms of size and scale

We have explored a range of evidence, including current trade and production patterns as well as the economic modelling to answer these questions. Through this work we hope to quantify the potential impacts a trade deal might have, and opportunities for UK producers.

Published articles


Overview of CPTPP

Charts and infographics showing overall trade between the UK and CPTPP

Opportunities in each of the 11 member countries:

Economic modelling of the UK-CPTPP deal by sector (beef, sheep, dairy and pork)

Download the trade model technical report (PDF)

Further resources

Outline agreement reached for UK to join CPTPP (31 March 2023)

UK applies to join huge Pacific free trade area CPTPP (2021 article on GOV.UK)

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Our blog series takes a fresh look at the changes and challenges of our new trading relationships since leaving the EU.

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