olle wrote:Express writes that japan demands place of origin canot be uk if EU or other non uk content is too high. That means that market access with 0 quota tarrif will be limited.
https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics ... eal-brexit
Actually this is something fairly common sense and is a significant issue for smaller manufacturing and exporting nations in today's globalised world.
Any FTA between 2 nations generally deals with 'their' products only, not those of third countries exported via them; that is something not very difficult to understand I'd think, since no nation wants to give another nation the right to act as its low or even tax free import platform whereas direct import might be taxed much higher. A FTA can not become a backdoor of course!
The problem is that with integrated products, they are never 100% originating in the country alone: that's why minimum content levels or orgin are set in FTAs.
Tthe smaller the nation, the more likely it is that a (too) large part is actually composed of elements sources from third countries first. British manufacturing is not on the same level as German manufacturing for instance and is mostly limited to just the final assembly: those goods may be considered 'made in Britain' by a proud UK government in their economic PR, but for most FTAs they would not quallify as British at all and thus not be covered by any British FTA, be it with Japan or others...
Don't tell us the UK government didn't know it did not suffice to just box imported goods in the UK and add a sticker 'made in Global UK' to their wrapping to make them British exports, did they?