Department for International Trade

We secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.


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Secretary of State

Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade

Ministers of State
Greg Hands - Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel - Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
Baroness Berridge - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Graham Stuart - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
Ranil Jayawardena - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

29 Nov 2020, 10 a.m.
Thanks to our trade agreement with Canada, wine and spirits can continue to flow tariff-free between both countries. The deal gives certainty for UK businesses exporting goods and services to Canada worth more than £11bn. Read more 👇 https://t.co/uCWVrKNgOE - Link
29 Nov 2020, 9 a.m.
'Our futures are entwined as two forward-looking countries who believe in freedom, want to protect the environment, and empower our citizens.' To find out what the UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement means for UK trade, watch Liz Truss' full statement: https://t.co/KGDQg9TU9m https://t.co/Z96b9Hx9Ys - Link
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Department for International Trade Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Nov. 19 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Nov. 17 Urgent Questions Continuity Trade Agreements: Parliamentary Scrutiny
Nov. 16 Westminster Hall Trade Deals and the NHS
Jul. 01 Adjournment Debate Covid-19: International Language Schools
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Department for International Trade - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Trade Bill 2019-21 Committee: 2nd sitting (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 15 October, 2020 Report stage: House of Lords

7 Dec 2020

30 Nov 2020, 7:36 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about the implementation of international trade agreements; to make provision establishing the Trade Remedies Authority and conferring functions on it; and to make provision about the collection and disclosure of information relating to trade.

Department for International Trade - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
15 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for International Trade Export Control (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
Explanatory text not available
Laid
21 Sep 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for International Trade Common Rules for Exports (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers in section 8(1) of, and paragraph 21(b) of Schedule 7 to, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) (“the Act”) (in particular under section 8(2)(a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (g)) in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. These Regulations are also made under section 8C(1) of the Act in order to implement the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland to the EU Withdrawal Agreement (“the Protocol”). They make amendments to the retained domestic version of Regulation (EU) 2015/479 of the European Parliament and of the Council dated 11th March 2015 (“the EU Regulation”), which applies in Great Britain after IP completion day. Regulation (EU) 2015/479 is EU legislation listed in Annex 2 of the Protocol which, by virtue of section 7A of the Act and Annex 2 of the Protocol, continues to be directly applicable in Northern Ireland after IP completion day.
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Petitions addressed by Department for International Trade

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
111,076
Petition Closed

Omit the NHS from any future trade deal with the US

Gov Responded - 23 Jun 2020 Debated on - 16 Nov 2020
11 Nov 2020
closed 2 weeks, 6 days ago

As the Coronavirus escalates, there are concerns that a trade deal between the UK Government and the US deal might not exempt our NHS, leaving it vulnerable to privatisation and in direct contradiction to promises this would not happen.

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Department for International Trade Select Committee

Department for International Trade Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


Department for International Trade Publications


Department for International Trade Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
1 Dec 2020, noon Lord Naseby (Conservative - Life peer) Lord Naseby (Conservative - Life peer)

Question to the Department for International Trade:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the imposition of the UK Global Tariff on the import of finished tobacco products from 1 January 2021 on forecast levels of smuggling of (1) tobacco products, and (2) counterfeit tobacco products, into the UK.

Answered by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel - Minister of State (Department for International Trade)

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) remains committed to promoting compliance and tackling avoidance and evasion. Guidance on how manufacturers and importers of tobacco products can avoid the facilitation of smuggling is available on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-notice-477-tobacco-products-duty-control-of-supply-chains.

Additionally, to ensure compliance with new customs procedures and controls at the border after transition period ends, on 12 July 2020, the Government announced an investment package of £705m.

Additionally, to ensure compliance with new customs procedures and controls at the border after transition period ends, the Government announced on 12 July 2020 an investment package of £705m for enhanced infrastructure, staffing and IT.

We will publish more analysis on the UK Global Tariff in the Tax Information and Impact Note (TIIN) alongside the legislation, as is standard practice.

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