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Car makers demand smooth trade links ‘closer to home’ after Australia agreement

Car makers have called for smooth links “closer to home” following the UK’s free trade deal with Australia.



a person standing next to a car engine: Car makers have called for smooth links ‘closer to home’ following the UK’s free trade deal with Australia (Martin Rickett/PA)


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Car makers have called for smooth links ‘closer to home’ following the UK’s free trade deal with Australia (Martin Rickett/PA)

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show the UK sold 20,000 cars to Australia in 2019, compared with 578,000 to the EU.

A Downing Street statement claimed the agreement with Australia means car makers in the Midlands and northern England will see “tariffs of up to 5% cut, boosting demand for their exports”.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “Australia is an important growth market and the industry welcomes the agreement in principle of a trade deal between the two countries.

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