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Brexit impact on export and import tariffs

WTO tariffs on Scottish exports to the EU under a no-deal Brexit

WTO tariffs are a way of protecting domestic producers within the EU. While tariffs are lower or zero on many manufactured goods, they can still affect the competitiveness of exports.

Through the single market there is tariff-free trade between all EU members, which gives UK producers access to the EU-27 and UK consumers access to products from all over the EU.

There are thousands of individual tariff lines for imports to the EU. These have very specific definitions so it is important to ensure that you identify the correct tariff line for your product. You can look up tariffs on the WTO website or the EU website

The tables below show some selected examples of EU tariffs for a range of Scottish exports. These show both the range of different tariffs and the mix of ad valorem and specific tariffs that are used.

Notes on classification

The tables below show selected examples, with a simple description for each one, for ease of reference. The corresponding tariff code is shown along with the full, technical description used in the tariff schedule. 

The tariff code shown is the 6-digit identifier, except in cases where there are multiple products with the same 6-digit code and in these cases, the more specific 8-digit code is shown. 

It's important for exporters to correctly identify the tariff line and code that applies to their product, in order to ensure that they have identified the correct tariff. 

WTO tariff classifications

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