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CEPI: EU and UK need ambitious Free-Trade Agreement

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CEPI: EU and UK need ambitious Free-Trade Agreement

May 26, 2020 - 04:38
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At present, around 8.1 million tonnes of pulp, paper for recycling, paper and converted paper products are traded each year between the United Kingdom and the EU27, for a value of 7.3 billion euros.

EU27 exports close to 4.1 million tonnes of paper, 0.7 million tonnes of converted paper products to the UK, as well as 0.4 million tonnes of pulp. The UK exports around 1.1 million tonnes of paper for recycling, 0.8 million tonnes of paper and 0.7 million tonnes of converted paper products to the EU271.

Post-Brexit, the EU and the UK will become each other’s biggest trade partners as far as pulp, paper products and paper for recycling are concerned. Many pulp and paper companies have operations on both sides serving markets in the United Kingdom and in the EU with integrated supply chains and European teams.

Cepi, the Europan Association representing the paper industry, said:  The Free-Trade Agreement to be concluded between the EU and the United Kingdom should be as ambitious and comprehensive as possible. Enough time should be guaranteed to complete the wide-ranging negotiations.

In a statement, the Association underlined, amongst other things, that: existing supply chains between the EU and the United Kingdom must not be disrupted either by new tariffs or by any new non-tariff barriers and costs and delays related to customs procedures and rules governing transport of goods between the UK and EU should be minimised, while effective, thanks to enhanced cooperation.