TRA will defend the UK against unfair international trade practices

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  • The Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) was launched today (Tuesday, June 1) as an independent body.
  • The authority will investigate complaints from UK businesses regarding injury caused by unfair importing practices, such as dumping and subsidies.
  • This work is already underway – until the Trade Act becomes law in April, the trade remedies function was integrated into the Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate (TRID) of the Department of International Trade.

The Trade Remedies Authority, a new independent body with powers to help defend the UK’s economic interests against unfair international trade practices, was launched today. The TRA will investigate complaints from UK industries about unfair trading practices and unanticipated import surges.

The TRA will function as an independent body of the Department of International Trade to investigate possible cases of dumping and subsidized imports through a sound and objective analysis of the evidence. Where appropriate, it will recommend the imposition of new trade remedies, such as tariffs, to end the injury to UK producers harmed by unfair trade practices.

Investigators at the new body will review 43 existing EU trade remedy measures relevant to UK industry that were transferred when the UK left the EU Customs Union Eleven of these transitional reviews are currently underway courses, covering products from various sectors including steel, fisheries and biodiesel.

From 1 January this year, UK producers can also request inquiries into the need for further trade remedies. All claims can be made through TRA’s online case management platform, the Trade Remedies Service. TRA is the first organization of its kind in the world to offer end-to-end digital service for trade remedies.

Trade Remedies Authority chief executive Oliver Griffiths said:

The launch of TRA today is an important moment for UK trade policy. The TRA will be dedicated to defending UK economic interests against unfair international trade practices, providing the government with independent, evidence-based recommendations.

International Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena said:

Britain’s newly independent trade remedy system will help protect important UK industries such as steelmakers and ceramics producers from harmful global trade practices.

The TRA will help create a level playing field for UK businesses to compete with foreign producers, protecting them from unfair trading practices and unanticipated import surges.

The UK trade remedies system has been designed on the basis of four principles: proportionality, transparency, impartiality and efficiency.

Oliver Griffiths joined TRID as CEO-designate in January 2021. With the creation of TRA, he joins the chairman, Simon Walker, three non-executive directors and two executive directors, to collectively form the TRA board of directors. The non-executive directors – Adam Marshall, John Hughes and Patricia Gallan – bring a wealth of experience in a wide range of fields and have been appointed in accordance with the Governance Code for Public Appointments. The two executive directors of the board are Clare Brodie and Steve O’Donoghue.

Notes to Editors:

  • The Trade Remedies Authority was created following the UK’s exit from the EU. It provides an independent body that can impartially investigate allegations of unfair importing practices, as required by World Trade Organization rules. Previously, the UK was covered by the European Commission‘s trade remedy investigation body, as an EU member state.
  • You can read more about ongoing TRA investigations here and TRA case handling processes online here.
  • Patricia Gallan QPM is a lawyer, detective and hostage negotiator. She retired as Assistant Commissioner Crime and Operations Specialist for the Metropolitan Police Service in 2018. Patricia is a Trustee of Charity Red Thread and Chair of Governors at an East London Infant and Junior School. She is also the Non-Executive Director for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
  • John Hughes is an expert in non-technical risks and external affairs; solving strategic problems, providing independent advice to leaders and developing international teams. After a long career at BP, he is now a Non-Executive Director and specialist advisor to companies on the mitigation of non-technical risks and the management of international strategy and governance.
  • Adam Marshall has been Managing Director of the UK Chambers of Commerce since March 2016. He was previously the organization’s Executive Director for Policy and External Affairs (2009-2016). Prior to joining BCC, Adam helped start the Center for Cities, established business links between academia and industry, and worked in local politics and broadcast media. Adam ended his term as CEO of the BCC on March 31, 2021.
  • Clare Brodie is a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in regulatory and international law, having worked for the American law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton in Brussels on issues of antitrust and European law. She joined the UK Competition Commission and worked on mergers and market investigations before joining Central Government and working in a number of departments including the Cabinet Office and (the former) Department energy and climate change. Clare joined TRID as General Counsel in 2018.
  • Steve O’Donoghue is Director of Corporate Services. He was previously Director of Finance and Human Resources at the public expenditure watchdog Audit Wales, where he helped put in place new governance arrangements under the Public Auditing Act 2013 ( Wales). he led the finance, human resources and governance teams, having spent 15 years in local government in Wales.



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