Frictionless trade is a key element in a competitive UK aluminium industry, and we work closely with the Department of Trade, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), European Aluminium, the International Aluminium Institute and the Aluminium Standards Institute to promote this crucial goal.
Recently this has included consultation regarding the response to US import duties. We’re supporting the government with continuing dialogue to achieve a permanent exemption and to implement safeguard measures, particularly a quota that allows traditional volumes to enter the UK and EU but blocks additional volumes to ensure protection from redirected trade flows. Additional support is being offered to members with a US presence who may be eligible for a tariff exemption.
Other examples of trade-related activity include involvement in the government’s Rules of Origin business panel project to facilitate smooth trade after Brexit, as well as working with the Aluminium Standards Institute as it develops its Chain of Custody Certification.
Our work with government continues to ensure the aluminium sector and our members are engaged with BEIS and the Brexit trade negotiations: ALFED UK/EU Trade Negotiations Position Paper.